Overton ensured that Feuerbach was not the only DeKalb County thrower to come home with a medal. The senior thrower, who entered state seeded 27th based upon sectional performances, had her Friday prelims throw of 124-9 carry over to earn her ninth-place finish.
“Making it to finals in the first place was really, really nice,” Overton said. “Actually placing, that’s amazing.”
All season long, a changed mentality has helped Overton to overcome bad throws early with strong finishes at meets.
“We tell her all the time, just ‘one throw,’ ” DeKalb coach Tywon Green said. “If she gets one throw, she can get on the podium, and she did just that.”
The Barbs’ Katherine Olsen ended her varsity career with a sixth-place finish in the 1,600 (5:05.12) after running the 3,200 early in the day. Olsen finished 18th in the latter event. Olsen fell behind and trailed most of the field for most of the first lap of the 1,600.
“I was really nervous, and I was like, ‘Why am I in last place?,’ ” Olsen said. “I would try and get around, and people were just not letting [me], they weren’t like being mean or anything, but we were all competing, so I couldn’t get up. So then I think around in the second lap, I was like, ‘You just need to get up there.’ ”
And that’s just what she did. She ran in second for most of the race, trailing only the U.S. top-ranked runner in the event Katelyn Hart of Glenbard West, before being passed in a sprint over the final 100-plus meters.
“My kick is not where I want it to be compared to other people, they always outkick,” Olsen said. “I think I accomplished close to what I was wanting. [In] the 2-mile I wasn’t close. But I’m OK with that, I accepted it and I know I did what I could.”