As of Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Grangeville freshman hurdler Baeli Kinsley staked out a spot on the Lewiston Tribune’s area best list early this season, and while hurdlers from Lewiston, Moscow, Pullman and Colfax have all posted quicker times this season, Kinsley peeled about three-tenths from her 300 meter PR with a converted 51.14 time last week in Parma.
Not only that: She won the Lynn Behrman Invitational 300 hurdles outright.
“There were a lot of girls that were a lot older than me in the race and that kind of scared me,” Kinsley said Tuesday, April 24. “But I did really well. I was in last for a lot of the time but on the stretch I passed everyone.”
She’s taking aim at qualifying for state — and the District I-II regional meet is looming May 11-12.
At Parma, Kinsley also ran the 200, 4x200 relay and 100 hurdles — and in that hurdles race saw one of the state’s speediest: according to athletic.net, Kristin Carlin of 1A Notus ran a hand-timed 15.42, a converted 15.74.
“The 100 hurdles was pretty hard,” Kinsley said. “There were a lot of people a lot faster than me.”
For her part, she ran six-tenths faster than her previous PR, which she set April 10 at Orofino.
She chalked her choice to run the hurdles up partly to preference and partly to her build.
“I have really long legs and I’ve always thought it would be cool to run hurdles, like when I’d watch the Olympics as a kid,” she said.
Kinsley took the first leg of the 4x200 with Kirsten Olson, Naomi Connolley and Paige Lindsley.
Next, Grangeville is set to run April 26 at Orofino.
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