Freshman Ariana Ardell had been able to match her career bests in each of the Long, Triple, and Pole Vault events, but was never able to get on a hot streak as the order of jumpers and waiting forced her to have too much time in between attempts and ‘cool off’ in a performance sense. The sun,
heat, and humidity were unrelenting though, and these conditions were also zapping strength and energy,” added Rines.
Then the highlight of the meet, our girls in the 4×400, Isabella Ardell, Sam
Johnson, Elena Ardell, and Emma Ardell got their chance to take on the 4x400m Relay. Two years ago, the same team as freshmen and a sophomore (Emma) put up an amazing time of 4:20 at Mt. Blue in the state championships of 2019. They fell just short with a 2nd place performance that day.
It was a long wait with the 2020 season being canceled last year but they were ready. Isabella was our lead and came into the hand-off third to strong lead legs from Winslow and GSA. She handed off the baton to Sam Johnson and by the middle of her lap Sam had not only made the difference up, she took the lead and created space. The handoff to Elena was smooth and Elena never looked back. Elena furthered the lead over second-place and handed it off to big sister, Emma. In the last lap of the last event of her high school career, Emma carried the baton over the line in a new school record and state championship-winning time of 4:19.39.