By Shawn Roney/For The Richmond News
Hardin-Central relay teammates Carly Thacker, Gracie Gibson, Izabella Anderson and Lacey Logsdon faced a familiar challenge in the finals of the girls 800- and 400-meter relays Saturday during the Class 1 state meet in Jefferson City: running in the rain.
The rain started with the finals of the 800 relay, Thacker said; she felt sprinkles while she was in her starting blocks.
“(I was) like, ‘OK, well, I know it’s going to start raining (harder),’ ” Thacker said Wednesday during an interview with her teammates in the Hardin-Central gym.
By the time Thacker handed off to Anderson for the second leg of the race, Anderson said, the sprinkle had become a downpour, but she wasn’t concerned.
She thought, she said, “We’ve done it before, so surely we can do it again.”
The rain made it a challenge to hold the relay baton, recalled Gibson, who ran the third relay leg.
“It was very slick,” she said. “And so I just gripped onto it as tight as I could. … Everything was all blurry because you could barely see anything running down there.”
Because of the rain, the runners tried to keep their hands from getting drenched, so they could hold onto the baton, remembered Logsdon, who ran the anchor leg.
“That was a little nerve-racking,” Logsdon said. “But we did great in the end.”
The Hardin-Central foursome handled the rain and the competition well enough to finish fourth in 1 minute, 50.81 seconds. Later, they finished sixth in the 400 relay in 53.65 seconds. By the time of the 400 relay, the downpour had stopped.
The complete version of this story appears in the Friday, May 25, edition of The Richmond News.