Although the Woodridge girls track team suffered its first league loss of the season, the locals are still putting up some impressive marks.
Head coach Jeff Howard saw his Bulldogs move to 4-1 in the Portage Trail Conference as his club lost 66-62 to powerful Lodi Cloverleaf and won 118-10 over Springfield.
"The girls split a pair of dual meets and lost a close meet to Cloverleaf," said Howard, in a meet that also included Ravenna and Coventry.
Cloverleaf edged Woodridge in three of the four relays races as the Lady Bulldogs did capture the 3,200-meter race with a time of 10 minutes, 52.6 seconds.
"The 3,200-relay team of Libby Howard, Sarah Frederick, Anastasia Bakuhn, and Jenna Kaiser grabbed a relay victory for the home team," said Howard.
"Molly Howard also won the 3,200-meter run," he added. "Adelle Tannous, Libby Howard, Julianne Dryer, Rosie Sterling, and Maddie Karlo also had good days in the rain."
In the 3,200-meter race, Molly Howard won in 12:46 as she edged teammate Anastasia Bakuhn, who crossed in 12:48.1, just in front of Dryer, who was at 12:48.8.
Other runner-up efforts on the track included Tannous (27.8 seconds in the 200), Libby Howard (2:33.5 in the 800), Karlo (55.0 in the 300 hurdles), Erin Eby (17.7 in the 100 hurdles), and Molly Howard (62.5 in the 400).
Sterling tossed the discus 93 feet, 9.0 inches to place third overall. Belle Norris grabbed second in the long jump with an effort of 13-9 feet, and Karlo was third in the high jump (4-0).
Woodridge also placed sixth at the strong Wooster Triway Invitational April 21.
"The squad competed well in the 16-team field," said Howard, whose club had some big personal bests in the field events.
The Lady Bulldogs had one title — Libby Howard won the 3,200-meter race in 12:03.46.
"Libby grabbed the lone Bulldog win with a victory in the 3,200-meter run," said the coach. "She was joined by Molly (Howard), Anastasia (Bakuhn), and Jenna (Kaiser) on a second-place 3200-relay team."
"Kiara King threw a lifetime best in the discus to lead our throws crew," noted Howard, as King had a toss of 106-4 feet to place sixth.
Norris also had an impressive fourth-place in the long jump as she exploded past her previous best to reach 15-9.25 feet.
"Belle jumped nearly two feet better than her lifetime best in the long jump to finish fourth in the competition," said a jubilant Howard.
"Camryn Miller grabbed points in the pole vault to round out our field scoring," he added. "Eby scored in both hurdle races to pace the Bulldog sprinters. Tannous, Elise Carey, Norris, and Eby ran well in both sprint relays as well."
Molly Howard and Bakuhn also scored the 800 and 1,600-meter runs respectively with season best performances. Bakuhn's time in the 1,600 was 5:46.15, which was sixth, and Howard was fourth in the 800 at 2:24.25.
"Delaney Duve, Megan Woods, Sarah Frederick, Dryer, and†Julia Adams all had season best performances in their respective events," said the coach.
Eby, Libby Howard, and Norris also scored big points as Woodridge won a league meet over Field 95-33 at home April 19 in a tri meet that also included Akron Firestone. Woodridge beat the Lady Falcons 84-45.
In the meet, Eby exploded for 23 points, Libby Howard had 22.5 points, and Norris 20.5 points.
"Once again, balanced scoring resulted in success for the girls," said the coach.
"In the distance races, we posted fine results as Libby Howard grabbed wins in the 1,600 and 3,200- meter runs."
In the 1,600, Libby Howard was timed at 5:41.5 and crossed the 3,200 in 12:22.2. Molly Howard won the 400 in 61.9 ticks and Kaiser won the 800 in 2:33.5.
"Jenna (Kaiser) ran well to complete the distance sweep with a fine performance in the 800," said Howard. "Frederick, Sterling, Bakuhn provided depth in scoring these events as well."
"Molly Howard led the spring crew with a win in the 400 while joining Libby, Jenna, Anastasia, and Elise (Carey) to garner wins in the 4x400 and the 4x800-meter relays."
Kaiser ran a strong 65.6-second leg in the 1,600 relay (4:29.4).
In winning the 100 hurdles, Eby was timed at 18.2 seconds while Karlo was at 18.8 ticks. Eby ran second in the 300 race in 52.9 seconds.
"Erin Eby and Maddie Karlo led the hurdle crew with fine performances and they were backed up by Duve and Bella Paratore as well," said Howard.
"Karlo, Evelyn Willett, Leah Stanfield, and Duve supported Camryn Miller's pole vault win by scoring well in the jumps."
Miller reached 8-6 feet in the pole vault. King had a second-place discus throw of 103.35 feet. Norris was second in the long jump at 13-10 feet.
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