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Lady Bears place at state qualifiers

There were a handful of athletes that earned trips in New York City to compete in the state qualifier last weekend.

While they all won individual events, it was what Immaculata did as an entire team that really made the trip special. “This is the first time we scored at this meet,” said Charlie Planz, head coach at Immaculata. “We competed against 30 other Catholic schools, which were mainly large schools, and finished sixth overall.”

Immaculata did so well, even its own players couldn’t believe it.

“I was not expecting to place at all,” said Katie Simon. “I remember looking at the board like that’s our team. We’ve never placed in that meet before in that meet, so it was actually a shock to finish that good.”

“Especially when nobody expects a small Buffalo School like us to perform that well,” Maggie Gerard added.

The Lady Bears never placed at the state qualifiers before this spring, and it was all thanks to the accomplishments of their individual performers throughout the day. Simon clocked in at a time of 8:03 at the state qualifier, breaking her own school record in the steeplechase.

“It was good. I didn’t fall this year, so its fun,” said Simon. “It was kind of intimidating because everyone are running sevens, but I did pretty well.”

Grace Attea finished in third place in the 400-meter out of over 52 runners while Megan Krawiec placed fifth in the long jump our of almost 40 jumpers, and took second overall in a party of 26.

Gerard was able to break some records during her weekend. The Lady Bear placed fourth in the discus, but his second place positioning the shot put gave Gerard her name on the top of both throwing standards at Immaculata.

“I was a little nervous, but I knew that if I tried really hard I could break it,” Gerard. “My goal every time I throw is to break my record or the school record.”

Isabelle Blanchard will be joining them at states, running the 400-meter hurdles in hopes of breaking the school mark.
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