The Woodridge girls track team opened up Portage Trail Conference Metro Division action Tuesday in impressive fashion with a pair of victories.
Strong balance and depth paced the Bulldogs (2-0) in an 80-48 win over host Streetsboro in a tri-meet that included Coventry, Woodridge beat Coventry 98-30.
Woodridge scored well in the throwing events.
In the discus, Ellie Sterling captured first with an effort of 97 feet, 2 inches and Kiara King placed first in the shot put with a toss of 29-11 while Rachel Frierson was runner up in both events.
Leah Stanfield won the long jump with an effort of 13-8.5 feet.
In the 3,200-meter race, Molly Howard crossed first in 12 minutes, 22.9 seconds. Howard netted a whopping 19.25 points in the meet.
With a time of 5:56.7, Anastasia Bakuhn won the 1,600-meter race while Sarah Frederick was second at 5:59.3.
Bakuhn had a spectacular effort as she scored 18.5 points in the meet for the Lady Bulldogs.
Libby Howard and Bakuhn ran 1-2 in the 800-meter race. Howard’s time was 2:36.1 and Bakuhn crossed in 2:39.
The Bulldogs’ 1,600-meter relay also won in 4:26.4 behind Libby Howard, Bakuhn, Jenna Kaiser and Adelle Tannous.
King had an impressive meet at the Greg Lusk Kenston Relays in Bainbridge Township April 6. She led the team in scoring by placing in the 400-meter relay (second-place), the runner-up discus relay, and in the third-place shot put relay.
Woodridge placed fourth out of eight teams at the event with 53 points. Kenston won with 103 points while Mayfield had 77 and Aurora had 73.
"We finished a solid fourth on a cold and windy day," said head coach Jeff Howard.
Joining King in the 400-meter relay was Elise Carey, Tannous, and Erin Eby as the team was clocked at 54.29 seconds.
Sterling led the discus team with a throw of 98-0 feet as she was second overall. King was third at 93-1.
In the shot put, Frierson led with a heave of 27-6 feet (fourth) while King had a throw of 25-3.
Also running third overall was the 6,400-meter relay (23:12.06) and the distance medley relay (13:59.26).
Comprising the 6,400-meter relay was Molly Howard, Kaiser, Frederick, and Libby Howard. The distance medley included the same foursome.
Placing fourth overall was the 1,600-meter relay (4:38.46) and the 3,200-meter relay.
The 1,600-meter relay included Carey, Evelyn Willett, Bakuhn, and Tannous. The 3,200-meter relay had Bakuhn, Natalie Howard, Anna Wojcik, and Rose Sterling.
Camryn Miller also snagged fifth place in the pole vault with an effort of 7-6 feet.
Woodridge hosts a league tri meet Tuesday against Field and Springfield. The Bulldogs host Akron Firestone and Akron Buchtel in a non-league tri meet Thursday and run at the Wooster Triway Invitational Saturday.
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