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Morgan takes second place

SELMA — Rachel Gomes has four bulging discs and arthritis in her lower back, but it was hard to tell that Thursday.

Gomes, a sophomore, broke her own state record in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, won the 100-meter hurdles and took second in the long jump to help lead Morgan Academy to a second place finish in the AISA state track meet at Memorial Stadium.

“It’s more mental than physical,” Gomes said of the back pain. “Mind over matter.”

Gomes’ 47.03 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles topped her own mark and she will have two more years to try to break it again.

“It’s scary to set the bar that high for yourself,” Gomes said. “But you have to to do a good job later on.”

Catherine Armstrong won the long jump with a distance of 15 feet, 10 1/2 inches to held Morgan to a 1-2 finish in the event. She was the leader entering the finals, but said she was still worried about being beat.

“I wanted to beat my own distance (of 15 feet, 10 inches),” Armstrong said. “I wanted to get 16 feet, but it’s OK that I didn’t.”

Sarah Frasier got another individual first-place finish for Senators in the 100-meter dash and the Morgan girls won the 4×100-meter relay.