Mankato West senior Rachel Gravley was not nearly at her best at Tuesday’s Big Nine Conference girls track and field triangular at Todnem Field, but she was still pretty good.
Gravley came down with a cold on Monday and was still sniffling pretty good during Tuesday’s competition. Despite the ailment, Gravley won the 100-meter hurdles in 16.53, took second in the long jump at 15-9.5 and captured the triple jump at 33-0.5.
“I just caught (the cold) yesterday, and it kind of knocked me for a loop,” she said. “Hopefully it won’t last too long.”
Despite Gravley’s effort, Mankato East won Tuesday’s triangular by a half-point. East scored 66 points, West scored 65.5 and Rochester John Marshall finished with 54.5.
Gravley admitted she’s had a rough start to the season and is still waiting to snap out of it.
“I’m doing OK in the hurdles, but my jumps aren’t going very well,” she said. “It’s mostly a mental thing that I just sort of need to overcome.”
Whether she gets back on track or not this spring, Gravley’s future is secure. She has already signed a national letter of intent to attend classes and continue her track career at Minnesota State.
“I think it was about February when I signed the letter,” Gravley said. “It’s nice to have the decision behind me.”
Gravley’s teammate, Holly Hankins, may have run fast enough to qualify for the Hamline Elite Meet on Friday. Hankins will find out if she is selected Thursday. She won the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.79.
West’s other individual winners were Sierra Sandeen in the 200-meter dash (28.23) and Chantal Nack in the 3,200-meter run (12:36.83).
East was led by individual winners Emma Baynes (100 meters, 13.70), Claire Ziegler (high jump, 4-feet-10), Shelby Seifert (pole vault, 10-7), Dannah Miller (long jump, 16-2) and Whitney Carriveau (118-8).