Friday, May 05, 2006


Oops, sorry to ruin the suspense, but holy moly AshLee was amazing at yesterday's All Star meet!!

Since I've already let the cat (or in this case, the time) out of the bag, I'll start with the 200. It was AshLee's final showdown with defending 2A state champ Ellen Rouse of Orofino. Both girls are super competitive and each had beaten the other twice in the 200 so far this year. Ellen was in lane 4, thanks to her 25.7 second tie for first at last week's Outback Invitational. Ash was in lane 5. Ellen got a huge start, gained ground on Ash right away and was leading coming out of the curve. Ash slowly pulled even and nudged past her with less than 50 meters left then held on to win a super-close race. Ellen's time was 25.07, a personal best by over half a second. Ash ran a blazing 24.98, tying a school record and improving her personal best by almost a second. She couldn't believe her time and asked her coach several times if he was joking.

The competition between these two young women has been so exciting to watch this year. Ellen was quoted in the Lewiston Tribune as saying she didn't think either of them would have done as well this year without each other to compete against. We agree and we wish Ellen the best of luck at state. We'll be cheering for her.

The Lewiston 4x200 relay team shaved a few tenths off their time, winning in 1:45.5. The same group of girls took a break this week from the 4x400, but will run both relays next week at regionals.

Ash also ran her best 400 time of the season, just missing the school record with a finish of 58.17.

Here's Ash showing off her award for Miss Cheesy Grin...oh wait, that's actually her award for Female Track Athlete of the Meet...

This isn't the greatest photo of our favorite track star, but I just had to post a shot of the excellent vintage Bengal Belles warmup jacket Ash was sporting on Thursday. It must be a lucky jacket!


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