Thanks to a host of impressive performances, the Woodridge girls track team gained runner-up honors in the district championship.

Facing a strong and deep field, Woodridge finished second overall in the Bedford Division II District Championships May 18 and May 20.

Jeff Howard's squad was edged for the team crown by rival Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 103-95.

Woodridge managed to finish ahead of excellent clubs from Akron Buchtel (84), Chagrin Falls (77), and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (73.5).

The top four finishers in each event at Bedford qualified for the Austintown Fitch Division I Regional Championships May 25 and May 27. Results from regionals weren't available as of press time.

In regional action, the top four finishers advanced to the State Championships June 2-3 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at The Ohio State University.

"The girls crew had an outstanding couple of days in Bedford this week," said Howard. "The Bulldogs qualified a number of events to the Austintown Regional on their way to runner-up finish in the 15-team event."

Junior Nicole Seff led Woodridge by capturing the Bulldogs' lone individual title by capturing the pole vault championship over sophomore teammate Cameron Miller.

Pacing the Lady Bulldogs' 1-2 finish in the pole vault, Seff reached 9-0 feet while Miller hit for 8-feet, 6.0 inches to gain second-place at Bearcat Stadium.

Woodridge also scored big in the 3,200-meter open race.

Senior Clare Willett ran second overall in the 3,200 with a superb time of 11 minutes, 39.65 seconds.

Making her post season debut, freshman Libby Howard ran third in the 3,200 race behind Willett. Her time was 11:44.46.

Senior Nicole Fleming and junior Molly Howard grabbed runner up finishes as did the club's talented 3,200-meter relay team.

Fleming was district runner-up in the 1,600 race with a clocking of 5:17.19. Molly Howard ran a 2:20.38 to secure second in the 800-meter race.

Making up the 3,200 relay was senior Natalie Fleming, Nicole Fleming, Libby Howard, and senior Katie Kearns. They had the third seed at regionals at 9:50.55.

"The 3,200-meter relay team ran well to finish second and advance to Austintown Fitch," Howard said.

Also earning a trip to regionals was the 400-meter relay of senior Gracey Radwany, freshman Erin Eby, junior Adelle Tannous, and junior Kiara King. Their time was 52.46 ticks.

King also made the cut in the discus throw as she placed fourth with a toss of 104-feet and 7 inches.

Just missing the regional cut was Radwany in the 100-meter hurdles, the team's 1,600-meter relay team, and Seff in the long jump. They all placed fifth overall at Bedford.

Radwany ran fifth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.63 seconds while Seff was fifth in the long jump with a leap of 15-1 feet.

The 1,600 relay of the Fleming twin sisters, Molly Howard, and Tannous was clocked at 4:05.76, which was fifth overall.

Kearns also came close in the open 800-meter race as she was sixth in 2:25.23. Natalie Fleming ran seventh in the 1,600 in 5:38.84.

Junior Rachel Frierson placed sixth in the shot put with a throw of 34-1.5 feet at Bearcat Stadium.

In the 300 hurdles, Seff crossed seventh (51.49) and Radwany was eighth (52.28).

Sophomore Jenna Kaiser also scored in the 400-meter race, where she was eighth in 1:05.78 while the 800 relay ran sixth (1:52.29) with Tannous, Seff, Eby, and King.

"Julia Adams and Ezzy Duarte sprinted well while Kiara King and Rachel Frierson competed well in the shot," commented Howard, after the first day of action.

"Mary Kiley and Shayla Alexander also wrapped up their seasons in the high jump with consistent efforts," added the coach.

Freshman Eleanor Sterling also had a solid discus throw of 98-11 feet in her post season debut.


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