"And in lane eight ... Samantha Shoe-barrel," the announcer called over the loudspeaker.
Samantha Schoeberl didn't hear her name pronounced correctly all weekend at the State Track and Field Championships in Pueblo, but it didn't matter.
In competing in several events in the preliminaries, she had her best performance in the 100-meter dash, qualifying for the finals Saturday. She was set to go in lane eight, while teammates watched and cheered in the grandstand. "I'm not as nervous as yesterday," she said. "I'm just happy to be in the finals."
She finished seventh, meeting her goal of beating at least one of the finalists and almost matching her preliminary time of 13.25 seconds with 13.29 seconds. "This was my last race forever," the senior said. "I'm glad I could finish this way."
Another senior, Alan "Bubba" Stark, also competed Saturday. In the discus, Stark threw a few practice throws which fell short of his competitors'. He repeated the performance in competition, throwing more than 15 feet less than his average.
Stark's best throw went 118 feet, 5 inches and his second best saw 113 feet, 9 inches, while several competitors consistently threw in the 140s. Stark set a personal best earlier in the year with 137.3 feet. His goal was to throw 140 feet at state.
"I had some bad releases," Stark said, looking down. "My thumbs were up; I was turning slow in the ring. Basically, it just wasn't my day. The thing is I know I can throw farther, just not today."