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Alena Woodarek clears the bar and advances to state championship

LEAPS AND BOUNDS — Springville’s Lexi Lines broke the school record in the 100-hurdles at sectionals.
SPRINGVILLE — Alena Woodarek has been neck-and-neck against her sister Tia all season, in the pole vault event.

At the Sectional 6 Track & Field Championship, held at Pioneer Central School, Alena Woodarek punched her ticket to battle girls from across New York state. She now owns the school record, in the pole vault, after breaking it two weeks ago, by clearing the 10-foot mark.

“Her speed on the runway has been very important,” said Coach Mark Heichberger. “She has been lacking that speed on the runway and she had it, that day at [Erie County Interscholastic Conference Championships]. That was a great day for her.

“Pole vault is sometimes hit and miss,” he added. “Some days, you’re going to do really well and some days, you aren’t. We’re hoping that states is a good day for her. We have borrowed some poles from neighboring schools, which are a little longer. Those poles hopefully will help get her up a few more inches and she places in states.”

The athlete also competed in the 400-hurdles at sectionals, where she placed 10th.

S-GI’s Lexi Lines and Sam Peterman both broke school records at sectionals. On day one, Lines broke the school record, in the 100-hurdles, finishing with a time of 6.02. Her time broke her previous school record of 6.1.

The athlete ran her last race as a member of the Lady Griffins’ track program and will run at Niagara University, next year.

“She is obviously our best 100-hurdler, of all time,” Heichberger said. “Not only her ability on the track made her great, but also her leadership ability and her overall dedication will be missed. She has brought our team a lot of intangibles and things that really helped out the other girls. She’s been a leader by example. She’s been a teacher and she’s had great impact, on not only the program today, but the future of our program. She’s going to be missed.”

Eighth grader Peterman took second place in the 1,500, but broke her own school record shaving two seconds off her previous time, to finish at 4:53.14. Peterman just missed going to states, by three-tenths of a second.

LEAPS AND BOUNDS — Springville’s Lexi Lines broke the school record in the 100-hurdles at sectionals.

SPRINGVILLE — Hanna Hebden competed in the 400-meter and placed fourth, out of small schools. Hebden’s 101:97 time was a personal record and a time she has been chasing all year, according to Heichberger.

“I wasn’t surprised; I was just surprised it hadn’t happened sooner,” the coach said. “She has been capable of running those times and she finally decided that she wanted it. She went after it and didn’t hold anything back. She had a great race.”

The 4-by-400-relay team of Kalei Brautlacht, Woodarek, Joelle Adamczyk and Hebden finished in third place, with a “great” time, according to Heichberger.

EAT MY DUST — Hanna Hebden took fourth place in the 400-meter dash at Sectionals. Photos by Dave DeLuca.

Other Springville performances included a fifth place finish, for Tia Woodarek, in the pole vault and a ninth place shot put finish, for Jess Wiede. McKenzie Maloy took seventh place, in the 2,000-meter steeplechase.

The 4-by-800 team of Peterman, Jessica Wojkowiak, Maloy and Brautlacht finished in fifth place, at that competition

“I thought overall our times were pretty good,” Heichberger said, of his team.

“Our times were much better than ECICs. We had some outstanding performances and hopefully we get another one from Alena, at states.”


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