Paisley’s women had a successful overall day at the Gilchrist Small Schools Invitational meet, held Saturday, May 11.
The girls placed second overall out of 10 teams, with 113 points. Gilchrist took top honors with 148 points.
Along with success in multiple events, Tess O’Leary earned the Outstanding Athlete on the women’s side of the meet. O’Leary won no less than three events, and narrowly finished second in the 800-meter event (2:29.40), said head coach Mark Douglas.
“She just had a tremendous meet,” Douglas said.
O’Leary ran a leg on the 4×400-meter relay team, which also included Krysta Colahan, Julia O’Leary and Priscilla Norris. Due to a shortage of athletes, men and women competed jointly, with the Paisley women taking first place (4:24.25).
Additionally, Tess won the pole vault (9 feet even) and the triple jump (32’0.50”). Douglas noted that O’Leary’s performances were all among the highest in the state.
Junior Jessica Arrington took second in the javelin (92 feet), fourth in the pole vault (6 feet even) and fifth in the 300-meter hurdles (1:01.39).
Sophomore Priscilla Norris won the 200-meter event (29.06) and also took second in the long jump (13’6”). Norris took third in the 100-meter event (14.73).
Freshman Krysta Colahan placed second behind Tess O’Leary in the triple jump (29’7”), as well as third in the 100-meter hurdles (19.60).