New Albany senior Mariah Grant saved her best for her last season.
At the Floyd Central Sectional she won four events to lead the Bulldogs to a runner-up finish. Grant captured the 100-meter dash (12.90 seconds), the 200 (26.31) and the long jump (18 feet, 3 1/2 inches) and was also a member of New Albany’s victorious 400 relay team (50.45).
The next week at the Evansville Central Regional, Grant won the long jump (18-0), was second in the 100, third in the 200 and was a member of the Bulldogs’ third-place 400 relay team to lead them to their first regional title in 38 years.
“Winning regionals was amazing because we weren’t really walking in expecting to win, but we executed well and did what we needed to do to get the title,” she said.
Then at the IHSAA State Finals, Grant finished 13th in the long jump, 23rd in the 200, 24th in the 100 and 24th in the 400 relay.
“The state meet was not my best meet,” she said. “I obviously scratched two of my jumps, but I cracked 19s in my jumps and I matched my PRs in state, so it wasn’t that bad of a meet. But it could have been better.”
However, it was hard to find fault with her season as a whole.
“This season I broke a lot of records,” Grant said. “In the long jump I did really well this year, which was surprising because last year I didn’t do as well. The sprints, as well, I broke my PR for the 200 and the 100. The 4 by 1 [relay] worked really well. It was a good season, a lot of PRs and a good way to go out.”