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Lady Warriors run away with title

By Lenny Sementi
Coach Drew Sterkel’s girls track team ran away and hid, winning the squad’s first Invite of the year dominating the field in a 36 point victory over their nearest competition. The one-two punch of senior Alyssa Williams and freshman Lia Patterson accounted for four wins in the seven open races and donated in a relay as well. Mia Hausmann added to the team totals as well, scoring in both the open and three of the four relays. The rest of the squad jumped on board and took care of the rest of the events. 

Williams was first across the line in the 100 and 200-meter sprints breaking the tape in 12.66 and 26.18 seconds respectively. Jillian Alexander was a few spots back in the 100 securing fourth place hardware. Patterson swept both hurdle races winning the 100-meter highs in 15.55 seconds and the grueling 300 lows in a personal best 45.27 breaking her own school record. She now has broken the 300 record twice and earlier in the week at a triangular beat a 27-year old record in the 100’s with a time of 16.19. 

Sophomore Addisyn Pettry scored in both hurdle races also taking fourth place in both and like Patterson also PR’d in the 330’s posting a 56.36. Hausmann collected a third place medal in the 400 with a season best time of 1:08 and Lauren Woods added another third to the team totals in the 3200 PR’ing with a 17:27. 

Hausmann joined with Williams, Patterson and Kenna Clodfelder to secure gold medals in the 4×200-meter relay. Her and Clodfelder then handed off to Rylie Vanausdoll and Adrina Simmons in the 4×400 delivering another first place finish. Haussmann’s third relay medal was silver, joining Alexander, Harley Woodard and Pettry in the 4×100. Sterkel’s group found more points as Woods, Simmons, Ann Brazzel and Olivia Wallace ended their day in fourth in the 4×8. 

Williams added more gold to her trophy case winning the long jump with a leap of 16.9 feet. Clodfelder was a near miss in the triple jump, capturing a silver hitting the sand at 30.87 feet. Natalie Hastings found her way to a pair of medals in the throwing events, donating second place points in the shot with a toss of 31.27 feet and third place points in the discus launching it 99.93 feet. Taylor Gordon also scored in the shot ending the meet in fifth place overall.

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