St. George’s senior track star Chrissy Peterson may indeed have the heart of a lion.
It was only fitting that she provided the Dragons with the State B girls track championship at Yakima last weekend.
“She is definitely determined at what she does,” said St. George’s track and field coach Jennifer Mountain.
“She has always given me her best.”
To say that Peterson gave her best at Yakima would be an understatement.
In posting a one-point win against Ritzville (53-52) for the state crown, Peterson scored the last 10 points for the Dragons.
Running anchor for the 1,600-meter relay team, Peterson took the baton while her team was in second place. She made up the ground and had the necessary sprint for a first-place finish in 4 minutes, 12.95 seconds.
“Once the baton gets to her hand you feel so much more comfortable,” Mountain said. “There’s no question she won the state championship for us.”
In the 300 hurdles, Peterson finished second to Klickitat’s Jill Pimley. Pimley set the state record by running a 45.30, while Peterson was right on her heels with a 45.65.
“She’s worked so hard in the 300 hurdles this season. She’s always had the speed, but she improved so much on her technique.”
Peterson will attend Stanford University, where she will play soccer in the fall.
She will certainly be missed by Mountain, basketball coach Ross Thomas and Lewis and Clark soccer coach Ardy Khoei.
“I don’t think there is any doubt that Chrissy will do well at the next level,” Mountain said.
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