The day began early for the three Williamson athletes competing in Shippensburg, at the track and field state championships Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25.
Jules Jones was the only Warrior to advance to Saturday’s competitions. Taking to the track at 12 p.m. for the 1600 meter run, Jones posted a time of 5:20.95 placing 12th overall in the 1600 meter prelims and made the cut to advance to Saturday’s finals.
In Saturday’s finals, Jones pace was a little slower and she finished the day with a time of 5:31.23 placing 11.
An 11th place finish at states was a strong finish to a great season for Jones who returns next year and will look to best her scores from this year, which will be no easy feat.
Competing in the high jump, Charly Slusser kicked things off for the Warriors at 9 a.m., a few hours before Jones took the track. Slusser was fighting a few injuries entering the championships and didn’t have her best outing.
“I had higher expectations but I’m happy I got here, and I would like to congratulate everybody else. They did a really great job,” Slusser said after the high jump competition concluded.
Despite dealing with nagging injuries, Slusser was able to hit a mark of five feet, two inches to place 10th in the event. Slusser’s highest mark of the season came back in early May when she hit 5-4 at a meet in Wellsboro.
Claire Miller was the next Warrior to compete. She took to the track at 10:30 a.m. for the 100 meter hurdles. In front of the packed stadium, Miller raced down the track and posted a time of 16.07 in the qualifying heat.
Her time placed her 17th overall and brought the Cowanesque Valley junior’s season to a close. Her time was .19 seconds slower than her season best 15.88 which she recorded the week prior at the District IV championships.
As this season comes to a close, the Warriors look forward to the return of all three state qualifiers next year.