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Athlete of the Week: Flambeau Girls 4x800 Relay

By: Jenn Chapman Email
By: Jenn Chapman Email

Prep track meet starts with the girls 4x800 relay. That means for Flambeau High School they usually start off in first place. In this week's Gordy's Athlete of the Week Sportscene13's Jenn Chapman profiles four girls with one goal, a spot on the state podium.

The Flambeau girls 4x800 meter relay is currently ranked third in the state for Division 3, competing in the order each girl feels they race best.

Tiana Avery/Sophomore/Lead Leg of 4x800 Relay
“It’s easier for me to get it out of the way, I just like to get them a good lead for the race.”

Rachel Novakovic/Sophomore/Second Leg of 4x800 Relay
“Because I just want to keep that lead then. And like if somehow the girl passes her at the end I know I got to catch up, so I have to go faster.”

Tori Winters/Junior/Third Leg of 4x800 Relay
“I think it puts less pressure on me as an individual.”

Jade Stanley/Senior/Anchor Leg of 4x800 Relay
“Anchor, sometimes leaves you with a lot of pressure on your back depends on where you’re sitting at in the race but I enjoy it because I want the last leg to be up to me.”

Their work ethic is also evident in the classroom, all four are All-A honor roll students, a desire to excel no matter the challenge.

Chad Gago/Flambeau Track Coach
“Some meets the competition may not be there but they still push themselves. I swear, there is a someone in front of them running even though there isn’t.

After missing the podium last year at states with an 8th place finish, the girls came into 2012 determined to have a different outcome.

Tori Winters/Junior/Third Leg of 4x800 Relay
“Work harder, coming up short at state really hurt us and really made us want to drive harder to get to where we wanted this year.”

Tiana Avery/Sophomore/Lead Leg of 4x800 Relay
“It’s just the feeling of wanting to go back makes you want to push yourself.”

Jade Stanley/Senior/Anchor Leg of 4x800 Relay
“Last year kind of left an ache in our sides and I know I don’t want that feeling again and I want to go out being happy with our results.”

And although their work isn’t done yet, their coach says they have already set a tremendous example to younger runners. For athlete of the week, jenn Chapman, SportScene13


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