Although it has been a tough week for the Governors as they were still grieving the loss of their classmate Obed Garcia from the past weekend, they decided to dedicate their performances to him and boy did they ever! OMG! OMG! OMG! What a great night the Governors had at the Highland Sectional. Not only did the Governors set several Personal Records (PR’s), break a couple of Morton H.S track records, but they also qualified the most participants for Regionals in the school’s history. In order to qualify for Regionals you have to finish in the top 3 for that event. Let’s start with the scoring: Opening up the night in the field events was Jhanelle Spence in the long jump coming up just 1 inch short of a 16′ jump but good enough for a 5th place finish; Jaida Blissett tied for 5th in the high jump; and Kenadee Williams placed 6th in the discus. The 3200m relay team of Aaliyah Clopton, Ani Montford, Giselle Flores and Hannah Hammar started the qualifying for Regionals with a 3rd place finish. They were followed quickly by Brooklyn Cade who went from a 5th place seed to finishing 2nd in the 100 high hurdles and achieving a PR of 16.58. Breanna Reed placed 5th after being seeded 9th, and Aaliyah Clopton and Giselle Flores placed 6th and 7th respectively in the 1600m run. Now came time for the 4 x 100 relay team of Brianna Rodriguez, Jhanelle Spence, Breanna Reed and Leilah Hicks and although their handoffs weren’t perfect, they possessed the speed to not only finish 3rd and qualify for Regionals, but set a PR for the season and just .04 of a second off the school record. Now it was time for another individual to qualify for Regionals and that was freshmen Ariah Smith in the 300 low hurdles. What was truly amazing is that she hit a hurdle hard early and was thrown off balance but was able to recover quickly and with a lot of heart fought her way back to qualify and finish 3rd. The excitement for the Governors continued with Hannah Hammar in the 800m run. Hannah entered the race seeded 6th but no one runs with a bigger heart and more competitive spirit than Hannah and she demonstrated that by finishing 1st and becoming a Sectional Champion in the 800. The individual accolades continued with Leilah Hicks in the 200m dash taking home a 2nd place finish. Giselle added again to the Governor scoring by finishing 5th in the 3200m run. Wrapping up the night with one of the most exciting races was the 4 x 400m relay team of Leilah, Ariah, Breanna and Hannah, as it took a tremendous team effort to hold off a very talented West Side team anchored by the 2nd place finisher at state last year in the 400m dash. They not only broke their own 1600m relay record, but were also crowned Sectional Champion! Way to go Governors and good luck at Regionals next Tuesday at Portage!