Woodridge continues to excel in the early season girls track meets. Head coach Jeff Howard is looking for progress, and he's getting it.
The Lady Bulldogs remained unbeaten in the league with 69 points in victories over Streetsboro (59) and Coventry (41) in a Portage Trail Conference Metro Division meet Tuesday.
"Balanced scoring allowed the program to move to 4-0 in PTC competition as the girls performed well all over the place," said Howard.
For the Bulldogs, Libby Howard grabbed wins in the 800, 1,600, and 3,200-meter races and joined Leah Zeigler, Anna Wojcik, and Anastasia Bakuhn on the winning 3,200 relay team.
"Rosie Sterling, Natalie Howard, Leighton Kline, and Ellie Kleinhenz also had good days," added the mentor.
Howard also praised the Bulldogs running in the hurdle events.
"Erin Eby continues to lead the hurdle crew while Duve, and Chloe Rado provide great depth in these events," said the coach.
"In the throws, Eleanor Sterling led the way again with strong tosses in the shot and discus, and Sydnie Rhone, Bella Chirakos, Tabitha Ransom, and Mya Fellows also threw well."
The staff was also pleased with the jumps and pole vault, which was won by veteran Camryn Miller.
"Leah Stanfield and Delaney Duve scored valuable points in the long jump, and Emma Stekelenburg continues to jump consistently in the high jump as well," said Howard.
"In the most competitive races of the day, Izzy Best grabbed a win in the 400 to lead the sprint crew," he added. "Elise Carey, Sarah Abood, Ardie Calhoun, Briajah Garr-Jackson, and Julia Adams ran well."
Woodridge, which will run at the Wooster Triway Invitational April 20, also had success at the Kenston Greg Lusk Relays April 5.
"The program had a number of great performances on their way to a fifth-place finish at the Kenston Relays," offered the Bulldog coach.
A strong Division I field included host and team champion Kenston (93 points), Green (83), Mayfield (60), Aurora (54), and Woodridge (52).
Miller was the runner-up with a vault of 8-6 feet, a season-best for the senior. Abood reached 7-0 feet, which was good for ninth.
"In the short stuff, Ellie Kleinhenz, Julia Adams, Erin Eby, Elise Carey, Anna Wojcik, Delaney Duve, and Sarah Abood had nice days," said the coach.
In the 800-meter sprint medley, Woodridge raced to a second-place effort in 2:00.83 with Eby, Adams, Abood, and Carey.
"On the track, Izzy Best, Libby Howard, Evelyn Willett, Leah Zeigler, and Leighton Kline paced the distance crew with strong efforts," said Howard.
A second-place finish came in the distance medley with a time of 13:39.80. This group was Best, senior Jenna Kaiser, Bakuhn, and Libby Howard.
Running on the third-place 6,400-meter relay was Libby Howard, Bakuhn, Rosie Sterling, and Best in 23:06.20.
"Eleanor Sterling, Cher Strain, and Sydnie Rhone scored well in both the shot and the discus," said Howard.
Sterling reached 28-6 feet in the shot put and 90-0 feet in the discus. Strain tossed the discus 89-8 feet and Rhone reached 26-2 feet in the shot put.
The Bulldogs crossed fourth in the 3,200-meter relay as this foursome had Willett, Zeigler, Natalie Howard, and Wojcik. Their time was 10:58.16. The 400-meter relay team ran fourth in 53.66 seconds and had Carey, Adams, Abood, and Best.
"Emma Stekelenburg also had another solid day in the high jump," said Howard, as the freshman reached 4-6 feet (11th).