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Springville-Griffith Institute girls varsity track team takes down Depew

EAT MY DUST — Lexi Lines (left) and Sara Marren are pictured, running the 100 hurdles. Lines won the event, while Marren came in fourth place. Photo by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute girls varsity track girls team took on the Depew Wildcats on May 14.

A windy day prevented many athletes from setting personal records, but did not keep Springville from getting 11 first place finishes, en route to a 89 – 52 win.

“It went really well. Time-wise, we were a little slow, on the track,” said Coach Mark Heichberger, “But we had some good performances. I credit yesterday’s overall win to our distance and mid-distance teams. They did phenomenal. The 400; 400 hurdles; 800; 1,500; 3,000; we did extremely well, in those events.”

Leading the first place finishes was Lexi Lines, who took first place, in the 100 and the 100 hurdles.

Jenna Schunke won the 200-meter dash. Her victory was the first win, for any Lady Griffin, this season, in the 200.

Eighth grader and record-breaker Sam Peterman won the 1,500.

OFF TO THE BIG LEAGUES — Pictured, from left: Lexi Lines, Sierra Bowen and Jess Hotchkiss competed in their final dual meet against Depew. These athletes are three of four seniors on the track team. Photo submitted by Hotchkiss.

In addition, the Lady Griffins swept all the distance events. They took the 1,500, with Jess Wojkowiak’s coming in second and McKenzie Maloy’s taking third place.

Wojkowiak took first, in the 3,000, and Springville swept the 300. Maloy took second place and Ellie Russell won third.

Ashley Blidy led the sweep in the 800, taking first, while Peterman took second place and Megan Hanrahan took third.

Blidy anchored the 4-by-800 team of Sierra Bowen, Peterman and Hanrahan, which came in first place.

Hannah Hebdon had a personal best, in winning the 400, with a time of 63.6.

Jess Wiede took first place, in the shot put.

The 4-by-400 team of Joelle Adamczyk, Alena Woodarek, Bowen and Kalie Brauchlie closed out Springville’s string of first place finishes, on the day.

Brittney Luther took second, in the 100 hurdles and Kate Darling took second, in the long jump.

Alena Woodarek racked up 9 feet, 3 inches, on the pole vault, to finish second and also set a personal best. The athlete also earned second place, in the 400 hurdles, and Adamczyk took second, in the 400.

The meet was the final dual meet for seniors Hebdon, Bowen, Lines and Hotchkiss.

Heichberger said that Bowen, Lines and Hotchkiss have worked with him for a long time.“They have been with me the longest. They have put a lot of time and effort into practices, meets, team-building things [and] fundraisers. They have been to Penn relays, numerous times. They are multi-sectional qualifiers. They are the heart and soul of our team.”


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