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Sterkel’s Warriors girls track and field squad continues ascent

By Lenny Sementi
Head girls track coach Drew Sterkel doesn’t want to look ahead but with what his squad is doing right now it would be hard not too. Ten, count-em, ten personal records were set this past Friday evening at the 16-team Tuscola Invite en-route to another team title and more than a few medals.  

None of the accomplishments were bigger than freshman Lia Patterson’s jaunt in the 100-meter high hurdles. She won the race in meet and school record time, then due to a technicality they had to re-run the race and she duplicated the result beating a really good hurdler from Salt Fork crossing the line in first in a new personal best time of 15.2 seconds. She also re-broke her own mark in the grueling 300-meter hurdles breaking the tap and finding the top of the podium with a time of 45.14 seconds. 

Alyssa Williams doubled up in the open sprints winning the 100 in 12.33 seconds and the 200 in 25.66 seconds. Less than two-tenths of a second back in the 200 in second place was Patterson. Jillian Anderson PR’d in the 100 ending her night in fifth overall with a 13.55. Williams also won the long jump with a leap of 17.42 feet while Harley Woodard was a near miss on team points taking sixth place overall. 

Rylie Vanausdoll collected third place hardware in the 800 with a 2:41. Adrina Simmons was one spot back in fourth posting a PR of 2:45. Both Ann Brazzell and Lauren Woods set personal bests in open races as well. Brazell finished the 400 in 1:18 while Woods rounded the track eight times in the 3200 clocking in with a 16:45. 

Coach Sterkel conjured up some points in the relays as well. Williams led off the 4×200, handed off to Mia Hausmann, who passed the baton to Alexander, who in turn gave it to Patterson who crossed the line for a first place finish with a time of 1:48. Hausmann and Alexander linked up with Addisyn Pettry and Harley Woodard for a third place effort in the 4×100. Bello Notaro, Olivia Wallace and Woods then joined Hausmann for a fourth place outing in the 4×400. 

Natalie Hastings led the way in the field events with a fourth place finish in the discus and a sixth in the shot put. Wallace PR’d and secured fifth place points in the disc with a toss of 92.78feet while Vanausdoll and Woodard shared the fifth spot in the jump. Notaro rounded out the scoring thanks to a PR in the pole vault that landed her in fifth place.

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