ADAMS TOWNSHIP: No one, not even Freeport track and field coach Bill Dillen, knew where Jessica Sarver had run off to.
Was she in the locker roomâ¢ No.
Maybe the bleachersâ¢ Try again.
How about the team busâ¢ Nope.
Sarver, a senior, had just helped the Freeport girls 3,200-meter relay team earn a ticket to the WPIAL Class AA Individual Championships when she disappeared.
‘She’s around here somewhere,’ Dillen, who helped keep times for all the teams and athletes at Mars High School Tuesday, said. ‘Maybe she’s getting ready for her next race.’
That’s exactly where Sarver was between competitions at the Class AA Northern Qualifier. While most athletes stood around and chatted about the day’s events, Sarver was jogging underneath the bleachers, getting ready for her long-distance races. It was Rocky-esque, to say the least.
Sarver came out swinging, also going for the knockout in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. In less-than-perfect conditions, she qualified in both events, to help round out a solid day for the Yellowjackets, who will send six individual athletes and two relay teams to the championships, next Tuesday at South Side Beaver High School.
Sarver, who teamed with Taylor Kerr, Cherrie Buday and Courtney Callas to take first in the 3,200 relay in 10:25.37, ran the 3,200 in 12:20.96 and the 1,600 in 5:42.18.
‘In the two-mile relay, I didn’t care about the time, I just wanted to beat Deer Lakes,’ Sarver said. ‘I was just hoping to qualify in the one-mile.’
While developing a friendly-rivalry with the likes of Kerry McKinney of Deer Lakes over the years, Sarver and her teammates have been getting better all season.
Deer Lakes also had a strong showing Tuesday, but Freeport ran some of its best times through hurdlers Bobby Woods and Joelle Ambrose, sprinter Colin Reilly and distance runners Sarver and Raven Bier.
Woods and Ambrose each qualified in both hurdles events. Woods ran the 110-meter hurdles in 15.3 seconds and the 300 in 40.5 seconds, while Ambrose ran the 100 hurdles in 16.46 and the 300 hurdles in 47.83.
Julie Edwards also qualified in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.25 and the 300 hurdles in 50.14, and Talon Conjack qualified in the boys 300 hurdles in 43.32 seconds.
Reilly grabbed the sixth spot in the boys 1,600 in 4:50.30, and Bier ran the girls 1,600 in 5:54.08.
Freeport also qualified its boys 3,200 relay team.
Freeport wasn’t the only school to enter qualifiers into the Class AA championships. Here is a look at the rest of the local AA qualifiers to come out of Mars: