Long Standing Track Record Broken!


Kevin Kavajecz

Alexis Griggs, Ketzel Levens, Alyssa Kavajecz & Emma Ostrenga shave off 5 seconds from the 2001 record for the girls 4×800 relay.

Cole Lovejoy, Production Editor

On May 5, 2016 at a track meet in Hurley, WI, history was broken – déjà vu  for South Shore! – and a new record made. This time, it was the record for the girl’s 4 x 800 relay that bit the dust. In layman’s terms, that is the two mile relay which means each of the four runners runs half a mile.  The previous record, standing for 15 years since 2001, was 11 minutes and 12 seconds.  The 2016  girl’s team  consisted of Alyssa Kavajecz and Emma Ostrenga of South Shore and Ketzel Levens and Alexis Griggs of Washburn.

At the meet, the South Shore-Washburn co-op was the only team with a girl’s team signed up for the 4×800.  In an effort to save time, officials made the decision to have the girls and boys teams run simultaneously.  Clearly, the girls were up to the challenge.   Their hard work and patience paid off as the last of their runners crossed the finish line at 11 minutes and 7 seconds!  That time was a whole 5 seconds faster than the previous school record. “I was very happy when I realized that we broke the record. When Ketzel handed the baton off to me, I knew that we  could do it because we had plenty of time left,” said senior Alyssa Kavajecz. This girls team finished first at the meet and the school record is changed, which sets the bar higher for future teams.  Congratulations, girls!