SPRINGVILLE—The boys and girls track teams at Springville-Griffith Institute hosted one of the top opponents in Alden April 24. The boys team may have been on the short end of their meet, but the girls team lost by a mere three points 72-69.
Not often does the meet come down to the final race, but this time it did for the girls and the Bulldogs took the 4x100 meter relay for the win.
“This was the closest we have come to beating Alden in a long time,” head girls track coach Mark Heichberger said. “We were down a few athletes as Chloe Chamberlain was out of the meet with an injury and we had a few girls that we had to pull out during the meet with minor injuries.”
Heichberger touted the performances of Sonya Krezmien, Elle Russell, Hannah Goetz and Lizzy Miranda in winning distance events, while key performances came from Payton Rowe, Jamie Dickinson and Evelyn Smith.
Rowe took the hurdles, both 100 and 400 meters, while Dickinson won the 400 meter dash, Smith finished second in the 200 meter dash. The former two paired with Brooke Walker and Nyah Solly to win the 4x400 relay.
While Heichberger said the coaching staff was disappointed with the outcome, he was happy to see his team compete with so much heart.
“The leaders of our team ran extremely hard. We ended the meet with a wide range of emotions,” he said. “We look to improve upon the performances of this meet and I believe we will do some impressive things this year.”
The girls coach is looking to improve on field events that have suffered due to limited outdoor practice, but for boys coach Joe Marvin the field events provided the best results against Alden with Seth Dash and Masin Field capturing first places.
Field took the long jump with a leap of 16-feet-9, while Dash captured the high jump at 5-feet-2. Alex Francisco was also impressive in the discus throw with a third-place finish with a toss of 92-feet-7.25.
The Springville boys team also had three second-place finishers in Nick Abdo, Topher Elkins and Brett Russell. Elkins finished with a 52.8 time in the 400, Abdo with a 2:06 time in the 800 and Russell with a 10:57.7 time in the 3,200.
The girls team also had several first-place medley and relay finishes in its prior outing at the Franklinville Invitational April 14. Among those winners were Rowe, Smith, Walker and Lexi Moriarty in the 4x200 relay; Krezmien, Goetz, Russell and Miranda in the steeplechase relay and distance medley and Mackenzie Engel and Marinna Heichberger in the discuss relay.
The girls team headed to Philadelphia, Pa. to compete in the Penn Relays April 25-28, while the boys team travels to Dunkirk April 27.