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Springville-Griffith Institute girls varsity track runs away with win against Maryvale

SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute girls varsity track team hosted the Maryvale Flyers on April 23, for the team’s first home meet of the young season.

The Lady Griffins beat the visiting Flyers 122 – 19, to earn their first victory of the season.

Springville’s 4-by-800 team of Sierra Bowen, Ashley Blidy, Megan Hanrahan and Sam Peterman finished in first place, to start a string of 14 first place finishes.

Lexi Lines and Jess Wojtkowiak were double winners, leading the Lady Griffins. Lines won the 100-meter dash, with a time of 13.1, and the 100-meter hurdles, crossing the line with a time of 16.2.

Wojtkowiak took first place finishes, in the 800 and the 3,000.

Joelle Adamczyk won the 400 and Bowen took first place, in the 400-hurdles, finishing in 1:14.4, edging out teammate Alena Woodarek, who finished in 1:14.6.

Peterman took first, in the 1,500, for the second meet in a row.

The Lady Griffins’ 4-by-400 team of Woodarek, Tia Woodarek, Bowen and Joelle Adamczyk brought home a first place finish, as well.

“Track-wise, we’re performing right where I thought we would be,” said Coach Mark Heichberger. “We definitely need to work on our handoffs, though, especially on our 4-by-100. All of our sprinters can always improve their time, off the start, out of the blocks.”

During the field events, Woodarek won the pole vault. Her twin sister, Alena Woodarek, was close behind, finishing in second place, in that race. Bowen finished in third place.

Sophomore throwers Jess Wiede and Sarah Byrne led the Lady Griffins in the shot put and discus. Wiede won the shot put, with a throw of 31 feet, and Byrne finished in second.

In the discus event, these Springville athletes flip-flopped, as Byrne took home first place and Wiede finished in second.

Springville also swept the jumping events. Senior Jess Hotchkiss won the high jump, Woodarek won the triple jump and Kate Darling took first place, in the long jump.

“I thought, overall, the team performed very well,” Heichberger said. “There were a lot of personal bests, on the track and the field. I was only disappointed by our handoffs on the 4-by-1, but other than that, in every event, we had a personal best.”

The girls will travel to East Aurora on April 30, for a meet against the Blue Devils.
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