SPRINGVILLE — Springville-Griffith Institute Coach Mark Heichberger said that he saw a “very thin team,” entering the Pioneer Invitational on May 4. Coinciding with the meet was the SAT test, that was being held in Springville.
After the test, a number of girls went right to the track meet and contributed to the Lady Griff’s second place finish, out of the 10-team field of Williamsville North, Pioneer, Cuba-Rushford, West Valley-Ellicottville, North Tonawanda, Williamsville South, Lake Shore, Holland and first place Iroquois.
Springville scored 102 points, coming in behind Iroquois, with 107. Senior Captain Lexi Lines was named track most valuable player, of the meet. Lines won the 100-hurdles, with a time of 16.49 seconds, edging out Alyssa Oviasogie of Williamsville South. Lines also took second, in the 100-meter dash and teamed up with Tia Woodarek, Joelle Adamczyk and Jenna Schunke, to take third in the 4-by-100.
Lines currently has the second fastest time, of small schools, in the 100-hurdles and ranks sixth, in all of Western New York Sierra Bowen won the 400-hurdles, by finishing in 1:10.46. Eighth grade school record breaker Sam Peterman won the 1,500-meter run, finishing an entire length of the track ahead of the second place finisher. Peterman has the fastest time in the 1,500, out of small schools, and is second in Section VI.
“We ran really well,” Heichberger said. “We didn’t go into the invitational trying to win it. We were going in, to give girls their best times, so limited the number of events they were in, so they could be rested enough and so they didn’t have to worry about three or four events. They performed so well, we scored a lot of points.”
According to Heichberger, many girls had personal best times and strong finishes. Joelle Adamczyk nearly won the 400-meter. Her time of 1:03.84 was good enough for second place.
Sara Marren came in fourth, in the 100-hurdles. Megan Loop won the junior varsity 400-meter, while Molly Darling and Brittney Luther finished second and third, respectively, in the JV 100-meter dash.
The 4-by-400 team of Alena Woodarek, Sierra Bowen, Tia Woodarek and Joelle Adamczyk finished second. Jess Wojkowiak finished second, in the 3,000 and Wiede took third overall, in the shot put. Hanna Hebden placed third, in the 800.
“We have a pretty solid team and I think we’re going to do very well, at sectionals,” Heichberger said.” As long as we keep working hard, we’re going to have a great showing.”