Ivey surprises field in 800

"Bainbridge sophomore Rebecca Ivey finished fourth in the 800-meter run at the state 3A track tournament Saturday in Tacoma, and nobody was more surprised than she was.Before the state meet, her personal best time was 2:21. Her goal was to improve that to 2:20But in Friday's preliminary heat, she ran a 2:18.3. And in Saturday's final, she clipped almost another two seconds off that time, logging a 2:16.87, just two seconds behind Rose Wetzel of Blanchet.I was pretty intimidated by her and her time, Ivey said of the senior Wetzel, who has finished first and second the past two years. I didn't know if I could catch her.Ivey ran a first-lap 1:06 Saturday, her fastest yet in an 800-meter race.I got boxed in a couple of times, she said. I had to step out, and I couldn't catch up. The last 300 I just tried to hang on."

  • Wednesday, May 31, 2000 1:00pm
  • Sports

“Bainbridge sophomore Rebecca Ivey finished fourth in the 800-meter run at the state 3A track tournament Saturday in Tacoma, and nobody was more surprised than she was.Before the state meet, her personal best time was 2:21. Her goal was to improve that to 2:20But in Friday’s preliminary heat, she ran a 2:18.3. And in Saturday’s final, she clipped almost another two seconds off that time, logging a 2:16.87, just two seconds behind Rose Wetzel of Blanchet.I was pretty intimidated by her and her time, Ivey said of the senior Wetzel, who has finished first and second the past two years. I didn’t know if I could catch her.Ivey ran a first-lap 1:06 Saturday, her fastest yet in an 800-meter race.I got boxed in a couple of times, she said. I had to step out, and I couldn’t catch up. The last 300 I just tried to hang on.Ivey credited her performance at the state meet to the competition and to her training.What I’ve been working on all year kicked in, she said, and I relaxed a lot more.Ivey said that exceeding her goals by so much has altered her expectations for the future.Now that I know I can run a 2:16, maybe next year I can go someplace, she said. The girls that finished first and third were seniors, so maybe it will be between me and the girl who finished second next year.Assistant track coach Andy Grimm agreed with Ivey’s assessment.She’s a very talented girl athletically, Grimm said. It’s just a matter of getting them to believe.Ivey was the only Spartan to make the finals. The other Spartans at state scored near or slightly below their previous marks, but those scores weren’t enough to propel them into the finals.Freshman high jumper Laura Bartunek cleared 5-0, but that didn’t get her past the preliminary round. The girls’ 4×400 meter relay team missed their district-qualifying time by two seconds, and finished seventh in their heat.Similarly, Kari Jensen in the 400, Melissa Borgen in the 100-meter hurdles and Joey Mankes in the high jump performed near their expected level, but failed to make the state finals.”

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