Commitment helps Perrysburg (06-05-13)
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Sports Writer
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 09:33
PERRYSBURG - There's a common trait in all four of Perrysburg's runners who qualified for this weekend's state track meet - commitment.
|Perrysburg's 3,200 relay team of Courtney Clody, Taylor Monheim, Jordan Doore & Emily Wyrick after winning their event in the regional meet. (Photo courtesy Perrysburg schools)
They train hard in and out of season, they excel academically and take on leadership roles for Perrysburg girl's track team.
"They are just such good role models for the younger girls," said head coach Andrea Monheim. "We don't even have to tell them what to do anymore. They just do it. They are a coach's dream."
On Friday, the four will compete for a state track title in the 3,200 relay. The team of two juniors, Courtney Clody and Taylor Monheim, sophomore, Jordan Doore and senior, Emily Wyrick, have the fastest qualifying time of all teams headed into Friday's race. Their time of 9:15.62 also marks the school record.
"Our goal is for all of us to get on the podium," Wyrick said of finishing in the top eight. "But even better than that, we want to win the state title again."
The relay team captured the indoor track 3,200 relay state title in March.
In addition to the relay, three of the athletes will be competing in individual events at the state meet. Wyrick in the 800, Clody in the 1600 and Monheim in the in the 3200.
Wyrick's personal best in the 800 is 2:14. This is a repeat appearance at the state track meet for her.
"Emily has been a captain for two years in a row. That is very telling of the strong leadership role she has taken on. She is always positive and a hard-worker," the elder Monheim said.
Wyrick will continue her running career at the University of Toledo next year.
Clody is also making her second appearance at state, but the first as an individual competitor. She was a part of the 3,200 relay team that took eighth place at state two years ago. Her personal best this season is 5:02 in the 1,600.
"She is mentally tough," her coach said. "She is tall and thin and looks unassuming, but she will fight for everything."
Monheim, the coach's daughter, is making her third appearance at state. She was part of the eighth-place relay team and also qualified for the 3,200 last year. Her best time in that event is 11:10.
"She is an extremely hard worker. She does all of the little things well. She will eat well, sleep well and do anything she can to help her and her team do well," her coach said.
While the other three runners are making return appearances to state, Doore will make her debut Friday.
"We just put her in the 800 during indoor season," the coach said. "Last year, she mostly ran the 400. She is more of a speed 800 runner than a strength runner.
"She was able to fill in a hole where we needed her to," the coach said.
Doore said she is both nervous and excited for the state meet, but she feels comforted by her upperclassmen teammates who have been there before.
"We will support her and we will encourage her," Taylor Monheim said.
Having three-fourths of the relay team with state experience under their belts will be a definite advantage, the coach said.
"I really do think it helps with the nerves. The newness of it is gone and they know what they have to do rather than getting caught up in the moment," she said.
Clody runs the first leg of the relay, Monheim the second leg, Doore the third leg and Wyrick the last leg.
"She has the most experience and she is strong and competitive," the coach said of Wyrick.
The team is a favorite going into the meet with the quickest qualifying time, but they are not overconfident.
"We also know that a lot of people respond at state," Andrea Monheim said. "We know we will have good competition there."
The relay team will first run on Friday in the Division I track meet at Ohio State University. The individual events will be run on Saturday.