SPRINGVILLE — The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Track & Field Championship, held in Middletown, N.Y., was scheduled to kick off on June 7 and finish on June 8, but a downpour washed away that plan. The rain-out on June 7 forced organizers to fit the entire meet in, on June 8.
Representing Springville at states was Alena Woodarek, who qualified in pole vault. Woodarek cleared 8 feet, on her first attempt, and 9 feet, on her second attempt, but just grazed the bar on her third attempt, at 10 feet. Her performance gave her a sixth place medal.
“I think it gives her a goal to shoot for, next year,” said Coach Mark Heichberger, about the vaulter’s returning to states, next year.
“I know Alena; she’s going to want to go back to states, next year, and do a little better. It was a very valuable experience for Alena. It showed her what the best of the best are doing. But, at the same time, she competed with them. She did really well.”
Woodarek leads a group of track returners, for next year. While Heichberger will lose sprinter/hurdler Lexi Lines, hurdler/pole vaulter Sierra Bowen, 400-meter runner Hanna Hebden and the multi-event Jess Hotchkiss, Springville will return a number of girls that scored points, this year.
Leading the pack will be eighth grader Sam Peterman, who just missed qualifying for states, this past year in the 1,500-meter. Peterman owns school records in the 1,500 and the 3,000.
Springville will also return its entire distance team. Jess Wojkowiak ran the 1,500, 3,000 and 800, this year, earning points in all three events.
Freshman runner McKenzie Maloy was chasing the school record in the steeplechase, this year, and will be looking to break the record, next year. Ashley Blidy will be back, leading the 800. Joelle Adamczyk will be back, running 400s, in which she qualified for sectionals, this season.
Sophomore throwers Jess Wiede and Sarah Bryne will also return. Wiede led the team in the shot put, while Bryne did damage with the discus.
“I think, every year, we’re in contention for a division title,” Heichberger noted, about next year’s title hopes, for his girls track team.
“East Aurora’s always strong, Alden’s always strong and Depew is always strong. We usually always have four really good track teams, in this division,” the coach added.
“I think we have a realistic shot, next year. It’s just going to come down to who we’re going to gain and how they’re going to perform. We lost some girls; who’s going to step up and take their place?”