CARTHAGE – As usual, Anna Hitt was a bundle of nerves before the start of Saturday’s 400th. Actually, she wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
Fear brought the best to Hitt during her decorated Ozark career. Again, she responded well to pressure, setting a personal record of 58.21 while winning the Class 5 Sectional 3 400 gold medal.
“I’m still as nervous as when I first tried the 400, it hasn’t gotten any easier,” said Hitt. “I have problems getting very nervous. I feel even more pressure when you get to Sectionals. The pressure and nerves are squeezing me. It drives me. I use it as a tool to give myself energy. “
Hitt and her 4 x 200 runmates from Sydney Johnson, Blair Pace and Ella Counts set a school record from 1: 43.11 while you finish first. Hitt and Johnson were in Ozarks 4 x 200 season from two years ago, which previously held the school record. It was a brand Hitt didn’t think would be broken this year.
“Not really because we lost Ashley Childers from this season,” Hitt said, referring to the 2020 Ozark Grad now running in Drury.
Hitt, Pace, Johnson and Adri Wakeman have teamed up to take first place in the 4×400 season. Her time of 4: 03.23 was more than three seconds ahead of her time in Districts.
Hitt will run for the last time on the track on Thursday at the Class 5 State Track Meet.
“I’m not upset about it,” she said. “I love to do well and my teammates are great. But I look forward to playing basketball (with Drury). “
Johnson was a four-time winner, as was the case for most of this season. The greatest sprinter the Lady Tigers have ever seen added to their legacy by also winning the 100 (12.32) and 200 (25.45).
Ozarks Abby Beets won the pole vault 10-11 / 2.
Perez, the Lady Eagles season, prevails
Nixa winners included Tony Perez in the discus and the 4×800 season of Alicen Ashley, Brookelyn Bidinger, Emily Harrison and Macy Kopp.
Perez was four feet behind his personal record, unleashing a 158-11 winning goal.
“It felt good, but I felt like I could have gone on,” said Perez. “It just didn’t feel right. I have to fix small parts in my mold and try to bring it all together. I want to keep my chest up and open so I don’t throw myself flat. “
Perez will make his first State appearance after previously watching his brother and sister run at State.
“I would have a good time watching them. As a fan, you go there for entertainment, ”he said. “As an athlete, I feel tense and nervous, but nothing that would affect me too much. I’ve always wanted to go to State. “
The 4 x 800 relay of the Lady Eagles set a school record with a winning time of 9:47.