Archive for Thursday, April 5, 2007

Deere ‘catches the dream’

April 5, 2007

Winds whipped across the infield of Frank Graham Field all evening and froze runners to the core before their races ever began Tuesday at the Lansing Invitational.

For Lansing High senior Riann Deere, it seemed the only thing that moved faster than her chattering teeth were her legs. Competing in her final home track meet, Deere dazzled the crowd with an easy victory in the 200-meter dash, her signature event.

"Wow, it is my final home meet, isn't it?" Deere reflected after the race. "That's scary."

Deere's winning time of 27.5 seconds was just two-tenths of a second off her personal best and more than 1.5 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

"The second run in finals felt a lot better than (the prelims)," she said. "I just relaxed and ran."

For Deere, the fast time built on her performance Friday at the Baldwin Invitational when she ran a 27.76 in the preliminaries before the meet was halted because of rain.

The fast start to the season has Deere feeling optimistic about her chances of qualifying for state in the 200 this season. She placed fifth at regionals last year, one spot shy of a state berth.

"I'm super-excited," she said. "I started off a lot better than I thought I would. The coaching staff is amazing, and I just do what they tell me.

"Coach Logue said the first day of practice, he said, 'You've got to catch the dream.' So I caught it, and I'm ready to run with it."

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