Looking to avenge a regular season dual loss, the Woodridge girls track team was expected to challenge at the Portage Trail Conference Championships.
Woodridge ran at the PTC Metro Division Championships at Crestwood. The meet was set to conclude Friday.
Prior to starting the league and district meets, Woodridge hosted the Wrap-Up Meet Saturday at Mercer Track.
"The Woodridge Track and Field community came together and provided another outstanding day of track and field for our friends and family at the 9th Annual Woodridge Wrap Up," said coach Jeff Howard.
"I thought the girls performed well in their final tune-up before the championship season begins this week at the PTC Championship meet," added Howard.
The Lady Bulldogs should be in the mix at the Bedford Division II District Championships May 17 and May 19 with qualifiers going to the Austintown Fitch Regional Championships May 24 and May 26.
Finishing seventh out of 12 teams with 48.5 points, Woodridge competed well against a slew of top-notch Division I programs.
Wadsworth won the team crown 129-102 over Hudson.
"Strong programs from Wadsworth, Hudson, and Chardon grabbed the top spots," said Howard.
Senior Molly Howard had a big-time runner-up finish for Woodridge in a spirited 800-meter race, which had its share of challengers.
Only Hudson star Emily Akin defeated Howard in the 800 as Howard had a season best of 2 minutes, 20.86 seconds. Akin also had her best race of 2:14.67.
Howard beat the likes of Mogadore's Hope Murphy (2:22.18) and Division I standouts Emma Hamilton (Brecksville), Sami Shaffer (Wadsworth), and Kalli Barrett (Hudson).
"Molly Howard led the way by scoring well in four different events," offered Howard. "Her second-place finish in the 800 meter run was the highlight of her afternoon."
"Adelle Tannous, Libby Howard, Jenna Kaiser, Anastasia Bakuhn, Erin Eby, Elise Carey, Belle Norris, and Megan Woods all scored well on the track."
The 3,200-meter relay team also garnered a strong third place with a clocking of 9:52.50.
Making up the 3,200-meter relay was Bakuhn, Kaiser, Libby Howard, and Molly Howard.
Woodridge also got key points in the field events.
"In the field events, Norris finished third in the long jump while Camryn Miller scored in the pole vault to pace the squad," said Carney.
Norris place third overall in the Wrap-Up in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 4.0 inches. Miller was sixth overall in the pole vault at 8-0 feet.
"Julianne Dryer, Bella Paratore, Delaney Duve, Sophia Davis, and Bella Paratore also had season-best performances for the Bulldogs," said the coach.
The 1,600-meter relay took third in 4:17.64 with Tannous, Carey, Kaiser, and Molly Howard.
Libby Howard crossed fourth overall in the 3,200 race in 12:01.75.
Woodridge had a strong showing in the 400-meter relay race. The Bulldogs had an impressive time of 52.33 seconds to take fifth place with Carey, Eby, Norris, and Tannous.
Another strong fifth-place effort came in the 800 relay in 1:51.24. This group had Carey, Megan Woods, Norris, and Tannous.
In the 1,600 race, Molly Howard ran sixth (5:27.27) and Libby Howard placed seventh (5:30.25).
Eby had a strong 300-meter hurdle race of 50.80 seconds while Rachel Frierson just missed scoring in the shot put (29-4.5 feet).
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