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Short Tracksters Doing Big Things

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 5/30/2013

They say that big things often come in small packages and that is certainly the case for the Crestline girls 4x400 relay track team.

Senior twins Miranda and Bekah McIe run the first two legs of the race, sophomore Claudia Koan runs third before handing off to senior relay anchor Amber Schreck. The McIe's and Schreck stand at just 5' 1", while Koan towers above her teammates at 5' 3".

Claudia says it's kind of weird being the tall one on the team, but that it's cool to have her senior teammates look up to her, litterally.

"It's awesome being a sophomore on a team of seniors." Koan says. "It's a really awesome achievement."

"We're a double threat." Bekah says of her and sister Miranda. "We have Amber, then we have tall Claudia and then we have our twins. It's a big family."

While "Tall" Claudia may have two years left to compete in track after this season, this is the last chance for the rest of the veteran squad. The McKie sister's especially want to perform well at regionals, because this is their first time competing past the district level.

"It's my senior year and I've never been to regionals before, so it's nice that putting in the hard work really paid off this season." Bekah says. 

Schreck on the other hand has not only been to regionals all four years of her high school track career, she is looking to qualify for state for the fourth straight season, an experience she's like to share with her teammates.

"It would be nice if I could take some other girls down with me for the experience because it's really an amazing experience. Schreck says of state competition.

Amber also qualified for regionals in the pole vault, long jump and individual 400. She currently holds five school records and actually gave up competing in her favorite track event, the 200 meter, to compete on the 4x400 team. Miranda says she appreciates the sacrifice Schreck made in order to compete with them.

"If Amber didn't get to be in it then we probably wouldn't have made it this far." Miranda says.

But it took a while before Schreck was even asked to run on 4x400 relay. She had actually never competed on a relay team before and was excited about the opportunity.

"I just do what ever coach asks me to do." Schreck says "I've always just done individual events so this is awesome."

"All year long we've tried to put different girls together." Bulldogs head coach Bill Christman says. "Then at the conference meet we decided to see if Amber would come on and we beat the school record by four and a half seconds. But we're hoping to get a little faster and get out to state and I think if we drop two to four seconds we'll accomplish that."

The Bulldogs 4x400 relay team advanced out of the preliminay round of regionals on Wednesday night and will be competing for a trip to sate in the finals on Friday.

   
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