CLEARING NEW HEIGHTS: Alena Woodarek finished second in the pole vault clearing 8’6” at the May 20 meet against Depew. Photo by Dave Deluca
It’s always nice ending your season on a high note, and the Springville girls’ track team did just that – upending Depew, 78-63, on May 20 at Pop Warner Field in Springville. Springville had eight first place finishes in their dual meet finale.
“Overall, I thought we had a really good meet,” Springville coach Mark Heichberger said. “It’s always nice to win your last league meet of the year. For a lot of the kids, it’s their last meet of the year because we have a large number of kids that are on the music trip right now. So it’s always nice to finish with a victory.”
While the meet was Springville’s final dual meet of the season, ECICs and the Section VI Championships await. A number of girls will be unable to attend ECICs because of the music trip, however, junior Jess Wiede, who is on the music trip, has already qualified for Sectionals and will be making the trip to Olean High School for the championships.
Leading Springville against Depew was triple-winner Jess Wojtkowiak. Wojtkowiak anchored Springville’s distance team, finishing first in the 800 (2:33) and the 1500 (5:15). Wojtkowiak was also a leg in the Lady Griffs’ 4x800 team of Megan Hanrahan, Jenna Schunke and Elle Russell.
Alena Woodarek was a double-winner for Springville, winning the 400 hurdles (1:12.9) and running a leg in Springville 4x400 team of Joelle Adamczyk, McKenzie Maloy and Kalei Brautlacht that took first. Brautlacht finished as a double-winner as well, winning the 200 meter (27.7) Russell was Springville’s final double-winner, taking first place in the 3000 (11:23) and running a leg in the 4x800 team that took first. Molly Darling finished first in the long jump, with a mark of 14’1.75”. Darling’s jump was personal record for her.
“I know she’s capable of doing a lot better than that, but it was PR, and it was a really nice jump for her.” Heichberger said of Darling.
Springville had 10 second place finishes, including Brittney Luther in the 100 hurdles (17.9), Kate Darling in the long jump (13’11”), Elle Russell in the 1500 (5:36), Wiede in the shot put (30’3”), Adamczyk in the 400 (1:04.7), Maloy in the 400 hurdles (1:16.9), Wojtkowiak in the 3000 (11:49), Alena Woodarek in the pole vault (8’), Tia Woodarek in the high jump (4’4”) and Brautlacht in the triple jump (29’5”).
Springville traveled to Lancaster for the WNY Girls Track and Field Classic. The Lady Griffs’ best performance came from Wiede in the shot put. Wiede had a personal-best throw of 35’ to place fifth at the meet. The 35’ throw qualified Wiede for Sectionals.
“Saturday things just clicked,” Heichberger said of Wiede. “She has the ability to be a 36’ thrower by the end of this year, it’s just a form issue right now. When her form is right, she can be a 35-36-foot thrower consistently, it’s just a little bit of footwork and it’s really hit or miss right now and Saturday was a hit.”
Luther set a personal-record in the 100 hurdles (17.81). Luther qualified for the finals in the hurdles, but was disqualified after leaving her blocks too early.
“We talked going into the finals and the part I wanted her to work on was her start,” Heichberger said. “She came out really slow in the semifinals, but still caught up and finished second in her heat. I stressed getting out of the blocks fast in the finals. Maybe it’s just a bias thing, I’m not sure, but it seemed like the official held them there in the set position a little longer and Brittney just jumped.”
Despite getting disqualified for a false start, Heichberger is hoping Luther can have a good performance at ECICs and qualify for Sectionals. Alena Woodarek finished second in the pole vault, clearing 8’6”. Springville had notable athletes finishing including Russell in the 3000 (11:26), Wojtkowiak in the 1500 (5:12) and Alena Woodarek in the 400 hurdles (1:13.52).
Springville traveled to Jamestown for the ECIC Championships May 23 and 24.