By Lenny Sementi
Coach Lacey Diaz looked to her field entrants Friday, April 27 in Monticello.
McKinlee Miller, Karli Dean, and Cassie Russo combined for 26 of the Warriors’ 34 points, as all three placed near the top of their respective events. Miller added to the team totals later in the meet as well in the hurdles as the Lady Warriors tied for fourth in one of their toughest meets of the year.
Miller scored three times for the second-year coach. The junior took second in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet 3 inches, just missing the top of the podium. She backed that up with a third in the triple jump soaring 33 feet 2 inches and secured one team point in the 100-meter hurdles landing in seventh overall with a time of 16 seconds flat.
Briannia Thull was right on her heels in eighth in the 100 hurdles ending one-tenth of a second later. Thull was a near miss in the 300-low hurdles as well taking eighth again with a time of 54.39. The senior joined with Brynn Tabeling, Lainey Cummings, and Sophia James in the 4×200-meter relay securing six points and third place hardware. The 4×800-meter relay, comprised of Daria Clanachini, Hannah Hornaday, Rhea Patel, and Karen Donnals, ended the day in the top ten also with a time of 12:18.
Russo donated six points to the team with a third place finish in the shot put. The senior dusted the sand at 32 feet 11 inches. Ellen Brown found her way into the top ten ending up in ninth overall in a large field with a put of 31’2”. Karli Dean showed up on the podium in the discus. The sophomore thrower took third with a throw of 108’1”.
Tabeling was the only scorer for coach Diaz in the open runs. The freshman took fifth in the 400-meter adding two points to the mix with a time of 1 minute 7 seconds. James was a near miss in the 200 coming up less than a half second short of standing on the podium.
The full story can be found in the Wednesday, May 2 edition of The Tuscola Journal.