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Record-breaking performance fails to win

A spring-like day for a track meet brought a positive outcome for Springville-Griffith Institute track team member Sam Peterman.

The S-GI girls varsity track team took on East Aurora on April 30. Peterman broke the school record, in the 1,500-meter run, with a time of 4 minutes, 55.4 seconds.

The athlete also broke the previous record, set in 2000, by Desiree Zielen-Ersing, who went on to run track and cross-country, at Westpoint.

Peterman won the 3,000 and led a trio of Lady Griff double winners, against East Aurora.

“She is one of the most competitive people I’ve ever met,” said Coach Mark Heichberger. “She wants to win and she holds nothing back. It’s a great mentality to have and it’s just going to help her out, so much.”

The Lady Griffins could not take down East Aurora, so the girls dropped the meet 72 – 69.

In the loss, Lexi Lines and Sierra Bowen joined Peterman, as double winners. Lines won the 100-meter dash and the 100-hurdles, with times of 13.1 and 16.6, respectively. Bowen won the pole vault, with an 8-foot, 6-inch jump, and the 400-hurdles, at 71. Bowen edged out teammate Alena Woodarek, who finished in second place, with a time of 72.4.

“We did well, in a lot of events,” Heichberger said. “There were a few field events that we didn’t do as well; we had some points that we thought we were going to get, but it just didn’t happen for us. Besides that, on the track, we knew what they had and they performed well. They have a phenomenal distance program. Sam Peterman did an outstanding job. She is the first girl, in a long, long time, to get any points in a distance event, against East Aurora.”

Sophomore throwers Sarah Byrne and Jess Wiede split the two throwing events, for the second meet, in a row. They finished in the top two spots, in each event.

Byrne won the discus with a throw of 80 feet, 7 inches and Wiede took first, in the shot put, with a throw of 33 feet, 3 inches.

Kate Darling won the long jump, closing out the Lady Griffins’ nine first place finishes.

Tia Woodarek came in second, in the high jump, clearing 4 feet, 6 inches. Alena Woodarek finished second, in the triple jump, with a total of 30 feet, 6 inches. Hanna Hebden came in second, in the long jump.

“At this point, our focus has to be on sectionals,” Heichberger said. “There are certainly things that can be improved on, from the individual standpoint. We had some letdowns, but I think we’re going to send a number of girls to sectionals and I think our performances will be really good.

“Lexi has a good chance to go to states again,” the coach added. “Sam Peterman has a good chance to go to states and we have a few others that have chances, as well. We will have a lot of sectional qualifiers.”

The girls will travel to Pioneer Central School for an invitational meet up, on Saturday, May 4.
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