Green: 'We want to prove we can win outside of the 4x400. We have some business left to take care of.'
DeKALB – Kyra Ozier laid inches away from the finish line for nearly 20 minutes after finishing the final race of the Class 3A DeKalb girls track and field sectional last week.
She grimaced in pain, favoring her right leg, which she had injured during the last half of her leg of the 4x400-meter relay. When she received the baton from Katherine Olsen, the Barbs were on pace to break a school record and finish in about 3 minutes, 50 seconds, but Ozier cramped up during the final 200 meters, and her team took fourth at 4:05.12.
DeKalb came 0.6 seconds short of qualifying for state.
DeKalb’s 4x400 finish overshadowed several good performances by the Barbs, who qualified six athletes in seven different events for this weekend’s state final meet at Eastern Illinois University.
Belvidere North took first in 4:01.46 in the 4x400. Knowing his team was on pace to beat that time by at least 10 seconds left DeKalb girls track and field coach Tywon Green speechless.