Brianna Hess crosses the finish line – Photo by Jack Hess
Upset Stomach Fuels Upset in Girls 200 meters 2B District Championships as Hess leads FHHS Track Team to State
By Mike Martin
On Saturday, May 18th, FHHS junior, Brianna Hess, captured gold in the Girls 4×100 relay and 200 meter dash 2B Bi-District Championships in improbable fashion.
“On a good morning I’m not much of a morning person,” she said.
But on the morning of the biggest track event of her life she woke up with an upset stomach. In just her 6th 200 meters race, ever, she found herself facing her biggest opponent: her stomach.
“The hour-long ferry ride followed by a 45-minute long bus ride to Coupeville didn’t help either,” she remembered.
By the time the school bus turned into the parking lot of the Oak Harbor Safeway on Whidbey Island, she thought her body was telling her not to run when it rejected her breakfast of apple sauce and water. Read More »