Omaha World-Herald

Sister Act Propels Mitchell

Mitchell Girls Track and Field Coach Julie Klein savors every day she gets to coach sisters Ali and Katy Jay. "They have the work ethic," she said. "They know what it takes to be successful in this sport. They are just a joy.

"I cherish it because I know two like that don't come along very often."

Last Saturday, at the Western Conference meet on Mitchell's new track, Ali, a senior, turned in the best time in the state in the 100-meter hurdles with a mark of 14.8 seconds.

She missed The World-Herald's all-time track charts by just one- tenth of a second.

The same day, Katy, a junior, ran an 11.8-second 100, the second- best time in the state, and a 24.9-second 200, tied for the best time in the state.

Katy fell just short of the 11.6-second 100 that Boys Town sophomore Cairia Snoddy ran at the Blair Invitational preliminaries the day before.

Snoddy's mark tied for first on the all-time charts. Katy Jay's time is tied for fifth.

Both Katy and Snoddy are Class B sprinters who could have several showdowns at the state meet. Katy placed second at state to Snoddy in both the 100 and 200 last year.

Mitchell and Boys Town are also tied for the best 4x100-meter relay time in the state this season at 50.2 seconds. Boys Town won the event at the last state meet, with Mitchell third. Both Jays and Snoddy run in the event.

Klein said she knows Boys Town, the defending Class B champion, is among this year's contenders, but a tough district could prepare her team for a run at a state title.

"I think we have a pretty fair shot if things fall the way we hope at state."

NCAA Division I programs are trying to catch up to the two Jays, but none has succeeded yet.

Ali is leaning toward Colorado State, but she is still trying to decide whether she will pursue a track career or not.

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