|Junior Carly Reiner and Senior Alyssa Bryant compete in the 4 x 100-meter relay|
Tampa Prep junior Carly Reiner said she was a little nervous heading into Thursday's Class 1A-District 8 track meet at Calvary Christian. Her season got off to a rocky start because of shin splints and, in recent competitions, Reiner had been fouling on many attempts of her specialty, the triple jump.
With only the top four advancing to next week's regional, another off day could keep Reiner from getting back to the state finals, where last season she took fourth place.
"I was pretty scared." Reiner said. "I was worried not even qualifying, That would be bad."
But Reiner put her fears aside and, thanks to some last-minute work she did at the Academy of the Holy Names, soared to a personal record in both the triple jump (36 feet, 10.75 inches) and long jump (17-3.25) Thursday to earn first place in each event.
"After today, I feel a lot better about it." said Reiner, whose school does not have a track or jump runways. "I feel a lot more confident."
Led be Reiner, who also finished fourth in the 100 and anchored her 4x100-meter relay team to second place, and sophomore Claire Snyder, who won the three distance races (1,600, 800, and 3,200), the Terrapins finished third in the girls teams standings with 112 points.
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