After an intense season of training, seven members of the Cougar track team traveled to compete in the twoday, statewide track competition at Roanoke College.
Sofie Haugsdahl, shot putter and discus thrower, and Mateo Barreto, distance runner, placed highly in their respective events. Haugsdahl was one of the first athletes to compete at states.
She earned her spot at states after a successful season of throwing, and proceeded to break her personal record. Haugsdahl was thrilled with her results in Roanoke.
“We placed seventh as a school, and I’m really happy with my performance,” Haugsdahl said. “I was shooting for breaking the winter record, and when I managed to place, that was an extra bonus.”
Haugsdahl smashed her personal record and managed to perform much better than she hoped. She broke the previous school record in the shotput by throwing 36’11”. Barreto, a sophomore track star, also traveled to Roanoke to compete in the mile and the 1000 meter run.
“I feel like I did well with my performance, but it could have gone better,” Barreto lamented. “I can’t be disappointed with an all state performance.”
Barreto also expressed he still has two years left at Kettle Run, and he fully intends to continue in track. He hopes to improve his skills and compete in states again next year.
“I placed 7th in the mile and 9th in the 1000,” Barreto said.
The track team has one pole vaulter, freshman Evan Torpy. Torpy competes in four events: pole vault, triple jump, long jump, and the 300 meter hurdle.
“The pole vault is my best,” Torpy said. “I made it to states with a jump of 11 feet. I matched my personal record of 11 feet at states and placed 9th.”