At this year's meet, the Lewis sisters wanted to repeat as team champions, and do it, in part, by winning the 4 by 100 relay that they were DQed in last year. On Friday Jada scored the team's first points, three, for finishing seventh in the long jump. The sisters and the 4 by 100 relay made it to the finals in the events they'd qualified for. Saturday started well as Jia edged Jada by on hundredth of a second in the 100 meters.
|Jada Lewis on her way to victory in the 200. Photo by Gene Niemi|
Edison had done what they had set out to do. Scored more points than the year before. Erased the bad memory of last years DQ in the 4 by 100 relay. But Belle Plane's coach, Rich Faust, also had a plan. He'd calculated what it would take to win. His calculations indicated they had the potential do it. They just had to score 50 points or more.
Going into the 200, Edison had scored 37 points, Belle Plane 43. Gatz, who had also won the 400, had to finish third in the 200 to earn Belle Plaine the title. She did better than third and the three points the Belle Plaine 4 by 400 relay team scored by finishing seventh merely added to the team's margin of victory.
Neither the Lewis sisters, nor Gatz, are seniors. Thus next year at this time the same two teams could be battling again, each for their second State team title.