WAY TO GO — Springville-GI athlete Jess Wojtkowiak (far left) will represent her school at the state level, on March 2.
SPRINGVILLE — Springville-Griffith Institute student-athlete Jess Wojtkowiak began her performance in sectionals, this past week, with a gamble, in the 3,000-meter dash.
With the 1,500 yet to come, she held back, in the hope of finishing higher in the later Feb. 21 competition.
Taking a time of 11 minutes, Wojtkowiak came in fifth, in the 3,000, but set a school record, in the 1,500. Her time of 5:06.18 was good for fourth place, as well as a spot in the state competitions, due to the fact that two of the girls who finished ahead of Wojtkowiak declined the invitation.
“It was a strategic move, on her part,” said Coach Joe Marvin.
In addition, Wojtkowiak was part of a team that included McKenzie Maloy, Sam Peterman and Kalei Brautlacht, which nearly set a school record, itself, with a time of 10:31.4, in the 4-by-800. That group placed fifth in the competition, which was the last event of the day.
Earlier in the meet, Sierra Bowen set a school record of her own, with an 8-foot, 6-inch mark in the pole vault.
The 4-by-200 team, comprised of Lexi Lines, Bowen, Sarah Marren and Joelle Adamczyk, had the best time in the 4-by-200, all year, for Springville, while the 4-by-400 team placed eighth, with a 4:38 time. That team included Bowen, Meghan Loop, Hanna Hebdon and Adamczyk.
Justin Dewitt competed for the boys, in the 55-dash, and finished in 7:32, while Joe Cocina took sixth place, in the 1,000, at 2:47.
Hebden completed the 600 in 1:50.8 and Peterman participated with Wojtkowiak in the 1,500, finishing seventh, with a time of 5:11.
The state competitions were scheduled for Saturday, March 2 in Cornell.