SPRINGVILLE — Lexi Lines was a track state qualifier, last year. Tia and Alena Woodarek were both sectional pole vaulters, a year ago. All three are returning, this year, and Coach Mark Heichberger said he expects them to be among the team’s top point-earners, this season.
The Lady Griffs will see a number of girls’ returning who contributed, a year ago. Sophomore Jess Wiede was a sectional qualifier last year, as a freshman, and fellow sophomore thrower Sarah Byrne has been projected to do well, this season, according to Heichberger.
“We should be very competitive, this season,” Heichberger said. “Our league is very strong, this year, as we gained Alden and lost Tonawanda. East Aurora has a dominant distance program and [is] always tough. Depew always has very good athletes and it is always a close meet.”
Senior Sierra Bowen, and Lines are considered the leaders of the team, Heichberger said. Bowen will compete in the 400-meter hurdles and is a pole vaulter. The Woodarek sisters will team up, with Bowen, to put together a group of pol vaulters.
Alena Woodarek will contribute as a 400-hurdler, as well as in the long and triple jumps. Tia Woodarek is the school’s record-holder, for the pole vault, and will look to break her own record, this year. She will also contribute in the high jump, as well as some sprint events.
“We should be extremely strong in the 400- and 400-hurdles, as well as the pole vault,” Heichberger noted.
“Joelle Adamczyk is a very good athlete, that will do good in the sprints and sometimes mid-distance events. Jessica Wojtkowiak and Sam Peterman are new to track, this year, and help out our distance team, which includes returnees Ashley Blidy and Mckenzie Maloy,” the coach explained.
Wojtkowiak will be competing as a dual athlete, this season. She also plays on the girls varsity lacrosse team. This is the first year Wojtkowiak has competed in distance events, in high school. She made the switch from soccer to cross-country, in the fall. The runner had the fastest time, on the team, and was selected to compete in an all-star race. In addition, Wojtkowiak ran indoor track, this winter, and broke three school records.
The Lady Griffs had their first league meet, on April 16, against Alden. Heading into the last event, the 4-by-100-meter relay, Springville led by 1 point. A team earns 5 points, for a win, in relays, and receives no credit, for a loss. All other individual events are scored with 5 points for a first place finish, 3 for a second place finish and 1 point, for finishing in third.
The Lady Griffs were leading, at the halfway point of the race, but a bad exchange allowed Alden to get the victory and clinch the win, with a final score of 69 – 64.
Lines won the 100-meter hurdles and 100-meter dash and came in second place, in the 200-meter dash. Wojtkowiak won the 800- and 3000-meter races. She finished in second, in the 1,500, behind only Springville’s Sam Peterman. Peterman was also a leg on the winning 4-by-800 team.
Wiede came in second place, behind Alden’s thrower, who is the reigning small school sectional champion. Bowen won the 400-meter hurdles and was on the winning 4-by-800 and 4-by-400 meter relay teams. Alena Woodarek was also on the winning 4-by-400 team and took third place in both the triple jump and 400-meter hurdles. Adamczyk won the 400-meter dash.
The Lady Griffs will host Maryvale on Tuesday, April 23.