Bloomington — Drake Sterling couldn't have asked for a much better state meet from his Zionsville girls track team.
The Eagles placed four events in the top-4 in the state, set four school records and finished the season with a fifth-place finish in the State Finals.
"I really couldn't have asked for anything better," Sterling said. "They exceeded even our highest expectations. They competed really well, and it was such a great day."
The highlight of the day came with Ella Robinson winning the 300-meter hurdles in a blistering 42.05, the third-fastest time in state history.
She became just the second Zionsville girl to win a state title in any event.
A short-time later, junior Katelyn Wasson narrowly missed becoming the state champion in the 3,200-meter run, and finished runner up in an excellent time of 10:31.05.
But those two performances weren't the only strong ones for the Eagles.
The 4x100 relay team of Michelle Nazarov, Camryn Gietl, Lily Robinson and Sophia Yovanovich placed fourth in the state in a school record time 47.58.
"To drop another second off our school record they set this year was unbelievable," Sterling said. "We have three freshmen on the relay that have so much room for growth, and we will work with them in the off-season to get them stronger and faster and hopefully do even better next year."
All four girls on the relay will be back next season, one of just two teams on the podium to do it without any seniors.
Sterling said he new the freshmen group coming in was talented, but couldn't have imagined this success this early and how well they gelled with Gietl on the relay.
"The 4x100 is something we have wanted to get good at for a really long time," Sterling said. "We just haven't quite been there. Coming into the year, we thought it would be great if we could run 49 in the relay, then a few months later to run 47.5 is just insane."
The Eagles also stood on the podium with a school record in the 4x400 relay.
The team of Nazarov, Lily Robinson, Lauren Rinehart and Ella Robinson ran 3:50.38 to place fourth, only losing to three teams that broke the previous state record.
All but Ella Robinson will be back, and Sterling said he is proud of the way the team came together toward the end of the year.
"They got better as the year went on," Sterling said. "Lily really committed herself to the relay at the end of the year, and helped us out a lot with a 56 split. Lauren Rinehart came out of nowhere after having an illness the last few weeks to run 59-flat and that was awesome. Honestly, I can't believe we got fourth with 3:50, you just have to credit the other teams."
Gietl just missed the school record in the 100-meter hurdles, running 15.49 to place 18th.
The Eagles 4x800 relay team of Anna Settle, Taylor Browne, Reagan McCooey and Margaret Allen placed 19th in a season best time of 9:43.15.
Overall, it was just the perfect end to a strong season for the Eagles.
"They were all competitors through and through," Sterling said. "They were tough as nails and they have been training their butts off for seven or eight months for this. You can't shake any of these kids and they are going to continue to get better."