Central Montcalm track athlete LaShae Wright is making her second appearance in the Division 3 state finals today.
Wright will be competing in the 100-meter hurdles today at Comstock Park. A year ago, she competed in the 4×100 relay and the 100 dash.
After not placing a year ago, Wright is hoping to place this year as a junior.
“I hoping to place at the state this year,” Wright said. “I keep getting faster as the year goes on. I hope to be able to lower my time again.”
Wright has already broken the school record in the 100 hurdles twice this year, once was her own record. Both records were within the past two weeks.
She ran a 15.10 at regionals and then ran a 14.91 at Tuesday’s Daily News Track Classic.
Wright’s 14.91 is the fourth fastest time of Division 3 state qualifiers.
In addition to the 100 hurdles, Wright competes in the high jump, 200 dash, 400 relay and 800 relay. She occasionally runs in the 300 hurdles, as well.
Of all the events she competes in it’s one she doesn’t run in — at least this year — that is her favorite.
“My favorite event has to be the 100-meter open, but I didn’t run that this year,” Wright said. “The 100 hurdles and the 100 dash are run back-to-back this year. It was too much to do back-to-back.”
Wright, who also participates in cheer and pom pom, likes the competition track provides.
“I like the competition,” Wright said. “The competition is really good and it is a challenge.”
On Tuesday, Wright placed first in the high jump (5-2), second in the 100 hurdles (14.91) and third in the 400 relay (53.84) and 800 relay (1:55.08).
At regionals, Wright placed second in the 100 hurdles (15.47) and seventh in the 200 dash (28.74).
Wright was first in the high jump (5-2) and third in the 100 hurdles (15.53) at the CSAA meet this year.
Area track state finals qualifiers
Greenville — Bailey Parmelee: 1,600 run, 3,200 run; Rosalyn Wyse: High jump, 300 hurdles; Audrey Wyse: Pole vault.
Belding — Monica Baylis: 800 run; Mckenzie Breimayer: 200 dash.
Carson City-Crystal — Kaitlin Beyer: 3,200 run; Elizabeth McCrackin: 3,200 run.
Central Montcalm — LaShae Wright: 100 hurdles.
Lakeview — Alex King; High Jump, 100 hurdles; Sarah Mattix: Pole vault; Nele Tarras: Long jump. Team: 400 relay.
Montabella — Cora Okkema: Discus, shot put; Rebecca Irani: Discus.
Belding — Scotty Foote: 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles; Austin Alexander: Pole vault.
Tri County — Connor Vanderhyde: 100 dash, 200 dash, 400 dash; Keegan Brewster: 800 run.
Lakeview — Dillon Wood: Long jump, 300 hurdles; Brad Root: Pole vault. Team: 400 and 800 relay.
Montabella — Jonny Durham: Pole vault.
Vestaburg — Dewayne McKinney: High jump.