SPRINGVILLE — On a cold and rainy Tuesday afternoon, the Springville-Griffith Institute girl’s track team couldn’t keep pace with Alden, falling 87-54 on April 22.
“Obviously, we wanted to win the meet,” Springville coach Mark Heichberger said. “But we knew that, coming into the season, Alden and East Aurora were the favorites to win the division. We knew it was going to be a tough meet and we had some good performances, but not enough of them.”
Jess Wojtkowiak was a double winner for Springville, finishing first in the 1,500-meter, with 5 minutes, 14 seconds, and winning the 3,000-meter, with 11:25. Wojtkowiak is a dual-sport athlete, competing in lacrosse this spring, along with track.
“I thought Jess ran exceptionally well in the meet,” Heichberger said. “I didn’t really know what to expect, because she is dual-sporting with lacrosse. We don’t see her every day, like we do with all of our other girls, so opening up the season with those times is pretty good. But it’s also expected from a senior who has ran indoor, outdoor and cross country.”
Springville swept the throwing events, as Jess Wiede posted a throw in the shot put of 33 feet, 10 inches, to take first. Emily Zebrowski won the discus with a throw of 77 feet, four inches. Sidney Schindler was just behind Zebrowski in the discus, with a 76-foot throw, to take second.
“Our throwers did very well,” Heichberger said. “Wiede had a great first meet, in the shot, and Zebrowski had a solid open, in the discus. I’m expecting big things from our discus throwers and Jess in the shot put this year, so it was nice to see some good performances out of them.”
Springville was swept by Alden in 100-meter, 200-meter and the 4x100 relay. The team’s top sprinter, Jenna Schunke, has been fighting through a leg injury that has slowed her times down, early in the season. Schunke is the Lady Griffs’ best runner in the 100-meter and 200-meter, as well as anchoring the 4x100 relay team. Schunke finished third in both the 100-meter, with 14.1, and the 200-meter, with 29.8.
“Jenna’s not 100 percent and I think if she had been 100 percent, things would have been a little different,” Heichberger said. “It is what it is; hopefully she’ll be back to 100 percent soon.”
Joelle Adamczyk took first in the 400-meter, at 1:07, and anchored Springville’s 4x400 relay team that finished in first place. The team consisted of Adamczyk, McKenzie Maloy, Tia Woodarek and Kalei Brautlacht. Alena Woodarek finished second in the 400-meter, at 1:07.40, finishing just four tenths behind Adamczyk. Woodarek also finished third in the pole vault, clearing 7 feet, 9 inches.
Woodarek finished second in the pole vault, clearing 8 feet. Other second-place finishes included Brautlacht in the 200-meter, at 28.7; Maloy in the 400 hurdles, at 1:19 and Megan Hanrahan in the 800-meter, at 2:52.00.
Brittney Luther took third in the 100-meter hurdles, at 18.2, and Molly Darling took third in the long jump, with a leap of 12 feet, 8 inches.
“There’s not one particular thing I was disappointed in,” Heichberger said. “I was disappointed that the weather wasn’t better. Performances-wise, we just have to get better. We need to win outright, the rest of our meets, and hope for some help.”
Springville took 20 girls to the 120th Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania on April 23. Springville has been making the annual trip for 14 years.