Saturday, March 25, 2006

Post Falls results

Ash won all her races and Lewiston won the meet Thursday at the Christina Finney Relays in Post Falls. Relay meets are scored a bit differently - the boys and girls team scores were combined to give Lewiston the overall win.

AshLee ran her first sub-minute 400 of the year, finishing in 59.5. Second place was Priest River pal Lacy Hopkins with a great early season time of 61 seconds.

Ash also picked up wins in the 200 (26.6) and anchoring the 4x200 relay.

Since it was a relay meet, the 4x400 relay was co-ed. Lewiston won easily despite Ash dropping the baton as she finished the third leg (the legs were girl-boy-girl-boy). Her story: "I've never handed off before." In 3+ years of relays she's always run the anchor leg. The offending baton has now been smashed and shattered by the relay team and Ash kept a few of the pieces.

The Lewiston Tribune has had a couple of nice meet stories that mentioned AshLee. Unfortunately, they charge $7 a month for online access. If you do want to subscribe, you have to call them, but they are very nice and very quick about setting up an account. The focus of last Sunday's story was the duel of defending state champions in the 200 and had some nice quotes from Coach Stuffle about both AshLee and Ellen Rouse.

The Lewiston Bengal Track and Field page currently has a picture of Ash getting the handoff in the 4x400 at last Saturday's meet.

Next meet is Thursday in Lewiston.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Pics from Saturday

Here's Ash winning the 4x400 with a time of 4:23.

And here she is showing off her Female Track Athlete of the Meet award. Katie Poston of Bonner's Ferry, a buddy from Ash's Intermountain League days won Female Field Athlete of the Meet.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Female sprinter to beat!

That was the quote we caught from Lewiston's coach as he spelled out "R-E-Y" for the local sportswriter. Coach Stuffle had reason to be excited after the 200m final yesterday. In his first season at Lewiston, he had just watched AshLee beat his former protege, Ellen Rouse, the defending 2A 200m state champion from Orofino.

Ash ran a 26.11, just under her own state championship-winning time, and won the race by half a second. She's been hearing a lot about Ellen this year and it was great motivation for her.

AshLee also won gold in the 400, winning easily with a time of 60.8 and the 4x400 relay, where her teammates gave her a big lead for her anchor lap.

Blogger is being bratty about uploading pictures this morning, so I'll try to post some pics this afternoon.

She got a mention in the prep roundup in the Idaho Spokesman Review and the Lewiston Tribune hasn't updated their website yet.

Next up is the Post Falls Invitational on Thursday, where Ash will get to meet up with her old Priest River teammates.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Track starts Saturday!

Yep, it's that time of year again! AshLee's track season officially starts this Saturday, March 18th in Lewiston. I've decided to do a track blog this season as an easy way to keep friends and family updated on how her season is going. I'll try to post at least once a week with pictures, results and links to any "press clippings" she gets this year (for anyone who's new to blogs, the highlighted bits of text are clickable links). Boy, Ash is really going to kill me for this! Oh yeah, I've set up the comments so anyone can leave one, you don't have to be a registered blogger user.

About the name: last year when Ash started winning everything all the time, we started overhearing other people at meets talking about "that AshLee Rey girl" and it always made us giggle.

Ash is running for Lewiston High School this year. They are the Bengals and their colors are purple and gold, so we're figuring we can get some extra wear out of all that Husky gear. As for college, she wants to go to EWU and study forensics. Eastern has a brand new Washington State Patrol crime lab on campus and their forensics program is top notch. She's in touch with the EWU track coaches and is currently trying to figure out a good date for a campus visit with them.

Check out Lewiston Bengal Track and Field for this season's schedule and other info about the Lewiston team. And finally, if you have a fast internet connection, check out the Bandanna Running website and click on the 2006 Bandanna Idaho Prep Annual. It's a 64 page magazine so it takes a few minutes to download, but there's a picture of our little AshLee winning the 400 at state last year with a little blurb about her "breakout season."