Norm Bouthillier knew that Jordan Gray was going to be good on Toll Gate’s girls’ indoor track team back when Gray was just a freshman.
“She had natural speed,” Bouthillier said.
He turned out to be very right, as Gray has been one of the Titans’ most versatile and consistent performers throughout her four years on the team.
In her senior season, Gray was near the front of the pack as usual, running on Toll Gate’s division-winning 4x200 relay team, and also claiming the 300 meter run at divisions. At states, she took fourth place overall in the 300 and ran a leg on Toll Gate’s fifth place 4x400 team and eighth-place 4x200 team.
It was the type of strong performance in line with what Bouthillier had come to expect from Gray after seeing her do it time and time again. During her sophomore and junior seasons, she ran to second-place finishes in the 300.
“She was one of the most important pieces to the team for the past four years,” Bouthillier said. “She’s a senior, she’s graduating and she’s going to be really missed. She’s pretty much irreplaceable, because of her versatility when it comes to doing the distances.”
One of the staples of Gray’s tenure at Toll Gate was how she improved from year to year. From freshman year to senior year, her times regularly dropped.
Though her state meet time in the 300 during this year’s indoor meet was a little higher than it was in the past, she had already improved on her time during the regular season.
“I was able to improve,” Gray said. “I wanted to run a 40 in the 300 and I got really close. I ran a 41 flat. So I did improve. That was a big goal for me.”
Perhaps holding her back from an even better finish to the season was a bout with Lyme disease, which came on toward the end of the indoor season.
Still, she fought through it and finished what she started.
“She overcame some real adversity to finish out the meet,” Bouthillier said.
Bouthillier wasn’t the only one who noticed Gray’s prowess, though, as she’ll be running next year at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. on the heels of her standout high school career.
“All four years have been great,” Gray said. “I always got better every year and I did a lot for my team every year. I had fun every year, and I’m happy track is something I got into.”