Miami Trace’s Macy Creamer, who will be a senior this fall, has qualified to the State track and field championships at The Ohio State University in the 300-meter hurdles.
Creamer placed fourth at last week’s Regional meet in New Concord in a time of 47.05.
Creamer was second at the Washington District meet in 49.48. She also placed second at the first-ever Frontier Athletic Conference meet in 47.99.
“It’s been going pretty good,” Creamer said, prior to a practice session at Washington High School Wednesday afternoon. She was practicing at WHS because the track at Miami Trace is closed as a new turf football field is being installed.
“It’s pretty nerve-racking,” Creamer said. “I think I’m doing pretty well. I feel good.
“I got my PR (personal record) at Regionals last week,” Creamer said. “That was my best time this year.” Her lifetime best is 46.49 at the Regional finals in 2017.
“I’m hoping to beat that this weekend at State, but, we’ll see what happens,” Creamer said.
Creamer’s Regional time of 47.05 puts her 16th out of 16 runners at the State in Division II.
Leah King of Perry has the fastest time of 42.86.
“I’ve heard it’s intense (at State),” Creamer said. “I’m just going to run my best and hopefully get a PR and I’ll be happy with that. Wherever that gets me, I’ll be happy.
“It would be awesome to make the finals,” Creamer said. “That would be a goal of mine. I’m hoping to at least get on the podium.”
“Definitely my mom and dad,” Creamer said. “My dad is my sprint coach. Coach (Brent) Noes, for sure, and Chip Wilt, because he’s coached me through it all.”
Creamer has ran track since the seventh grade.
“Coach Wilt started coaching me my freshman year and so far it’s been pretty good,” Creamer said.
The State meet will likely be the biggest crowd in front of which Creamer has ever ran.
What does she do to focus and prepare for her event?
“I listen to music most of the time,” Creamer said. “I kind of try and stay to myself. I don’t really socialize a lot because I’m trying to focus and get ready to run my race.”
As for preparation for the State?
“We’ve just been working on little things, like stuttering before the hurdle and trying to fix that to cut my time down as much as possible,” Creamer said. “I’ll be in lane one, so I really have to work on running that curve well.”
“I’m really happy that Macy was able to make it to State,” Miami Trace head coach Brent Noes said. “Last year, it was kind of heartbreaking for her, finishing fifth at the Regional, so, she missed out on going to State by one spot.
“This year, she was fourth at the Regional, so she was able to get out,” Noes said. “We’re really excited. Our goal for Macy is to go up there Friday and run a good race and let’s get to the finals and make the return trip up there Saturday. That’s definitely her goal. We want her to make it to the finals on Saturday and move up from there.
“I appreciate the fact that Coach (Louis) Reid (Washington girls head track coach) and Mr. (Mark) Bihl (Washington High School Athletic Director) have been gracious enough to allow us to come in here and use their track since our’s is under construction right now,” Noes said.
Creamer is the daughter of Jeff Creamer and Sue Thomas.