Sodergren and Clark ready to make their bids
FARMER’S KORNER – A group that once included more than 40 athletes has been recently dwindled down to just two. Now that the Summit High School track and field regular season is over, only Catherine Clark and Katie Sodergren remain.Sodergren, a triple jumper and Clark, a 100-meter hurdles specialist, both qualified for the 4A state meet just in the nick of time.”We really didn’t know if they were going to make it,” Summit coach Kristy McClain said. “They both did it on the last possible day.”Clark and Sodergren finished second and third, respectively, in their events at the Jeffco League meet on May 12. Those results qualified them for the coveted two-day event that begins today in Denver.
Although she was unsure if they would compete after the league meet, McClain was not surprised by the Tigers tandem’s results.”We knew they both had the potential to qualify,” McClain said. “It just needed to be the right race and the right conditions for things to fall into place.”Now that things have fallen into place, both athletes have enjoyed the opportunity to focus on a single event at practice.”Triple jump is my strength,” Sodergren said. “It helps to be able to concentrate on just that instead of having to worry about the 1600 relay or the 800 dash. I’ve improved more this week then I have all year.”Clark, who ran the 800 relay and 200 dash throughout the season, echoed her teammates sentiments.
“It’s definitely nice,” she said. “I always used to get stressed out by the hurdles because I didn’t want to kill myself doing them and then end up letting my relay team down.”Clark said she was slightly unsure of what to expect at state. “I haven’t seen the other (athlete’s) qualifying times yet,” she said. “I’ll have to look them up in the paper, but I have a feeling I’ll have to go a lot faster.”The junior hurdler has been working on what she calls “three stepping” in between hurdles in hopes of improving on her season’s fastest time of 17.01 seconds.”Her goal is to three step the entire race,” McClain said. “Everything has to happen correctly for that to work and it takes a lot of practice.”
Sodergren’s stated goal is to beat her personal-best jump of 32.1 feet. The current sophomore reached the mark last year – tying the school record in the process – but has been unable to top it so far this season. “Today I jumped a 33 so were hoping for something,” Sodergren said after practice on Wednesday. “The excitement of being at state should give me some extra adrenaline.”McClain hopes to see Sodergren and Clark advance to the second day of competition, but won’t be disappointed if it doesn’t happen.”We’re just thrilled to be going to state,” she said. “If we place, that’s just icing on the cake.”Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631, or at email@example.com.
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