Courtesy of Randy Anderson — Clinton High School runner PayneTurney, atop the winners’ podium, became the state champion in the 800-meter run during the Girls’ State Track & Field Finals, held over the weekend in Charleston.

Lady Maroons’ track & field end season on high note

CHARLESTON — The Lady Maroons tuned up for the state outdoor finals by having several of the team in the Pantagraph Honor Roll Meet, which will be no longer after years of success.  The following were the Maroons entered:


Tori Burke - 3rd in 100 meter dash

                       7th in 200 meter dash

     Payne Turney - 6th in 400 meter dash

                            1st in 800 meter run

                            2nd in 1600 meter run

                            2nd in 3200 meter run

     Mallory Cyrulik - 1st in 100 meter hurdles

                              1st in 300 meter hurdles

     Riley Pruser - 6th in high jump

     Olivia Earl - 8th in pole vault

     Claudia Workman - 2nd in shot put

     Kady Patelski - 8th in shot put

And, teams from Clinton were 3rd in the 800-meter relays and fifth in the 1600 meter relays.

Then, it was on to the state semifinals, and the finals was where Payne Turney took the show for the Lady Maroons by winning the gold (1st place) in the 800-meter run and becoming the first Lady Maroon to win a state championship in Clinton’s history.  She was in the lead from start to finish or “wire to wire.”   

Payne also made it to the finals in the 1600 meter run, but ended in 11th place, while running a personal best time and setting a new school record.  She was quoted as saying “my mind told me yes, but my body told me no.”  Other Lady Maroons at state who were in semifinals:


Olivia Earl - pole vault

     Jackie Green - pole vault

     Mallory Cyrulik - 100 meter hurdles (top 9 qualify - Mallory was 11th) - 300 meter hurdles (top 9 qualify - Mallory was10th)

     Tori Burke - 100 meter dash

     4 x 400 meter relay - Mallory Cyrulik, Hadley Wilson, Tori Burke, Payne Turney

     4 x 800 meter relay - Hadley Wilson, Olivia Petersen, Clare Holland, Aryn Scott



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