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.