Spokesman-Review sports reporter Dave Nichols had so much to say about the SGS girls State Champion track team that it took two articles. He wrote on May 28:
The St. George’s girls won all three relays – and they weren’t particularly close. In the 4×400 race, the Dragons won by 6 seconds, matching the number of consecutive times they’ve won state in the event.
The 4×400 team was made up of Georgia Steele, Maggie McLaughlin, Savvy Briceno and Josie McLaughlin.
Senior Maggie McLaughlin took the lead during the second leg and the Dragons did nothing but extend the lead though the final three legs.
“It’s an amazing relief,” McLaughlin said. “We’ve all worked so hard and we just wanted to make our coaches happy and proud cause they’ve been there for us all along the way.”
“We love Maggie,” St. George’s coach T.J. Moulton said. “She stresses us out. But she runs so hard in everything she does. She’s always someone we can count on to just run as hard as Maggie can run. Can’t ask anything more than that.”
McLaughlin was a freshman when St. George’s broke the record of five consecutive wins in the 4×400.
“To make it six consecutive now as a senior it’s just so fulfilling,” she said.
“I’ve been working hard the past couple of years putting in the work and getting ready for college and now it just feels awesome.”
Then on June 2, Nichols added the following:
The St. George’s girls ran away with the team title and dominated the relays, winning all three – including the 4×400 for the sixth straight season.
Several individual performances stood out.
Freshman Josie McLaughlin finished first in the 800 and 1,600 in addition to anchoring the 4×400 relay. Senior Fair Niven took second in the 100, fourth in the 200 and second in the 400 in addition to helping the 4×100 win.
“This just feels awesome because I love these girls so much, and I’m just proud of us,” Niven said.
“It kind of feels surreal right now,” Andee West, part of the 4×100 and 4×200 teams, said. “It hasn’t really hit yet. But I know soon it will.”
“It feels so good to be a part of it and just in with these amazing girls,” Audra Gliniak said. “Yeah, it’s a family for sure.”