Large Division I - Girls
Outside of Division II, this is one of the most competitive throws competitions to observe this week. The girls in the field on this list rank 3,4,5,7,8, and 9 overall and based on qualifying marks only 14 inches separates the top five. I haven't given a lot of attention to this discipline in Division I this year and I apologize for that but will make a point to showcase this competition tomorrow as much as the schedule and venue layout allows.
Gautreaux, Reed, Jennings, Ryan, Stephen, Little, Williams
Every corner of the state is well represented in this race and I for one am excited to watch this single lap midway through the evening on Thursday. While it may only take a minute, the mind games in this race are incredibly robust. Who is going to start fast and just tries to hold on? Who kicks with 200 to go? Who kicks with 125? With very little familiarity and crossover with each other this year these athletes go into the race with little information about their opponent's race strategy other than their posted time. That said, I think it takes 56 low to win this on Thursday and only about 3 girls in the field are capable of doing that.
Eva Gautreaux and Ashleigh Stephen employed different race strategies earlier this year at Houston Track Classic. Eva finished with a TN #1 and Stephen with a TN #3.