Dublin Distance Fiesta
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Buckley Weathers Dublin Wind, Clocks Career Best 3200m to End Spring Season
In the final competition of the modified 2021 spring track & field season, Ellie Buckley (23) moved up to 7th on the school-record list with a 10:55.86 effort in the elite 3200m heat at the Dublin Distance Fiesta on Saturday. While the predictable afternoon wind remained a steady adversary for athletes coming around the 2nd turn, the sophomore standout mitigated the miserable conditions by staying tucked in a chase pack of 3 for most of the race.
Buckley averaged lap splits just over 80 seconds for most of the race before closing hard to secure her 4th place finish and 1st sub-11-minute performance.
Without reliable escorts to shield them from the wind, Buckley's teammates were left to battle on their own in the late stages of their respective races. Nevertheless, they managed to cap the season with an impressive pack comprised of freshmen and sophomores all within 90 seconds of their top gun.
Out of the 91 finishers in girls' 3200m competition on the day, Campolindo placed 6 among the top 50. Shea Volkmer (24) and Makena Weberski (24) were the best freshman tandem in the race, earning 2nd and 4th place finishes, respectively, among all 9th-graders.
Fortune favored the boys' 3200m competition as the wind calmed considerably in the early evening. This allowed Blake Webster (23) to click off 75-second laps through 3 quarters of his race, en route to a major improvement.
Rhys Pullen (22) completed the day for the Cougars with a personal best of 9:49.61 in the penultimate boys' heat.
3200 Ellie Buckley 10:55.88, Shea Volkmer 11:29.83, Makena Weberski 11:48.40, Caroline McCool 12:18.65, Quinn Guthrie 12:27.69, Daisy Penney 12:34.56
1600 Owen Lekki 4:36.20, 3200 Rhys Pullen 9:49.61, Blake Webster 10:06.92