2017 Girls Track and Field Finalists
East Prairie, freshman
In her very first season of high school track and field competition, Williams staked her claim as an athlete to watch. She garnered a pair of all-state finishes at the Class 3 state championships, highlighted by a fifth-place throw of 124 feet, 4 inches in the discus. Williams also finished eighth in the shot put.
Another young athlete announcing her presence in 2017, Benford qualified for four events at state and earned all-state honors in three of them. The runnerís top individual finish was fourth in the 100 meters with a time of 12.91, while she helped the Green Waveís 4x100 relay to a silver medal. Benford also finished eighth in the 300-meter hurdles.
Notre Dame, freshman
Burger burst onto the scene for the Bulldogs, setting and re-setting school records all season (seven benchmarks now bear her name). By the time the spring came to a close, Burger was the Class 4 state champion in the triple jump with a mark of 40 feet, 2 ľ inches. She also competed in the long jump, 200-meter run and in the 4x400 relay at state. Burger was a dual sectional and district champion.
Notre Dame, junior
Morrill was a standout middle-distance runner for the Bulldogs this spring, which culminated with a fourth-place Class 4 finish in the 800 meters, posting a 2:18.58 that broke the school record in the event by three seconds. Morrill also helped NDís 4x400-meter relay squad to a fourth-place finish at state. The district champion in the 800 also helped the Bulldogs set school records in the 4x800 and 4x400 relays.
The only SBA girls track finalist returning for a second straight year, Green continued to build her resume as an elite sprinter for the Bulldogs. Only injury robbed her of a chance at finally grabbing a gold medal in the 100 meters at the Class 4 state meet, where she had finished third in each of the last two years. Throughout the year she won race after race, and she set her personal record of 11.68 seconds in the event this year, which would have been good enough for second at state.