One of the team Goals was to qualify more athletes to the State Meet than had qualified last year. The Ionia Girls qualified 3 girls to The State Finals. The Field Events seemed to be the strong area coming out of Regionals. Qualifiers were Freshman Kassidy Casillas in the Long Jump, Morgan Waterman in the Pole Vault (returning from 2018, where she finished 9th setting the school record), and Abby Frost in the Discus (returning from last year, finishing 9th in 2018).
This year Ionia added one more qualifier. In the long jump, Kassidy did not qualify to the final round, but represented Ionia well with jumps in the 14’s. Even though she did not get a PR at the State Meet, she has gained some valuable experience for when she returns to the State Meet in the future.
Morgan Waterman didn’t have the best day but represented Ionia in the Pole Vault; an event that has its ups and downs. Morgan ended her High School Career finishing 28th. She was excited to qualify for the State Meet coming off an injury. Last Year Morgan finished 9th with a School Record Height of 10′-0″. This year Morgan improved the School Record Height to 10′-6″ and has committed to Vault at CMU next year.
Abby Frost was also a returning Ionia Athlete to the State Meet. A year ago she finished 9th with a throw of 119′-9″. This Year she earned All State Honors by finishing 5th in the Discus with a throw of 124′-4″.
Full Results may be found at athletic.net
Following are the Ionia Girl Results for The MHSAA Division 2 Meet:
Discus – 1kg D2 – Finals x
5. 12 Abby Frost 124-04 Ionia
Pole Vault D2 – Finals x
28. 12 Morgan Waterman 9-03.00 Ionia
Long Jump D2 – Finals x
21. 9 Kassidy Casillas 14-10.75 (1.5) Ionia