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S-GI girls varsity track breaks two school records

LEAPING LIZARDS — Brittany Luther takes the hurdles, during a recent meet.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute girls varsity track team competed in the Lancaster Invitational on May 18.

The meet saw many personal best finishes made. Two Lady Griffs also broke school records.

Alena Woodarek broke the school record, in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet, for a third place finish. Woodarek broke the record that was previously held by her sister, Tia.

“It seems like, right now, they’re just going back and forth,” Coach Mark Heichberger said, about Tia and Alena Woodarek. “One will break it, then the other will break it. It’s good completion. I don’t know if you can call it a rivalry or not, but its great competition. Both of them want to have the record, so it will interesting, with both of them having one year left. Alena has worked really hard, this year; I really believe that her 400-hurdle races are helping her, with her strength and everything that goes into pole vaulting.”

Sam Peterman broke the school record in the 3,000, finishing with a time of 10 minutes, 37 seconds. Peterman’s performance gave her a fourth place finish. This is the second record that Peterman has broken, after her 1,500 record, earlier this year.

“It goes back to what I’ve said before, about Sam. She’s a competitor,” Heichberger said. “Her goal, right now, is to reach the state standard in the 1,500. She’s determined. I think she can do it. She has a realistic chance, because she’s going to push herself.”

At the Lancaster invitational, the freshman 4-by-4 team of Brittney Luther, Megan Loop, Sam Reese and Kalei Brautlacht won the freshman 400-meter relay, with a time of 4:47.

Hannah Hebdon and Joelle Adamczyk finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 400-meter dash. The 4-by-800 team of McKenzie Maloy, Peterman, Ashley Blidy, and Meg Hanrahan finished fourth. Lexi Lines finished third, in the 100-hurdles.

Springville competed in the Erie County Interscholastic Conference championships, held Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25.

“I’m hoping for [personal records] from everyone,” Heichberger said, about the ECICs.

“Obviously, the chances of that happening are probably not the highest, but the big picture is, we are hoping that Lexi gets the state standard, in the 100-hurdles. We are hoping that Sam Peterman gets the state standard, in the 1,500. McKenzie Maloy really wants to get that steeplechase school record.

“We should have a lot of good races,” he added.

“We have the two girls in the 400, Hannah Hebdon and Joelle Adamczyk, that both are at the low 1:03, and both are shooting for that 1:01. They have a realistic chance, this weekend. It should be a great meet.”
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