For the Woodridge girls track and field squad, an array of athletes delivered a league championship with room to spare.
Amassing a whopping 150 team points, the champion Bulldogs netted points in every event in this year's Portage Trail Conference Metro Division at the league meet, which took place May 8 and 10 at Crestwood.
Woodridge did battle a strong Field club (121) for the crown along with Lodi Cloverleaf (99), and Streetsboro (89).
Excited and looking toward Division II district action, head coach Jeff Howard boasted of the accomplishments of the team.
"The girls scored in all 16 events to take top honors in the Portage Trail Conference, and coupled with their 7-0 regular season record, this is the 14th consecutive title for the girls track program," Howard said.
Scoring big, Libby Howard won three titles for the Lady Bulldogs at Crestwood.
Libby Howard raced to an impressive victory in the 1,600-meter race as the coaches' daughter was clocked at 5 minutes, 26.16 seconds, and also captured the 3,200-meter title with a clocking of 12:21.43.
Woodridge has some threats in distance, as expected, as well in the sprints this season. Howard is one of those weapons.
"Libby paced the distance crew with wins in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs," said the mentor.
Snagging a championship in the 100-meter hurdles was Erin Eby, who crossed in 15.99 seconds to edge Field's Hannah Siudak (16:00), who returned the favor by winning the 300-meter race in 49.11 seconds while Eby posted 50.10.
"Erin had a monster day as she won the 100 hurdles and finished runner up in the 300-meter hurdle event," said Howard.
One of the deepest corps of sprinters Woodridge has in recent years battled with Ravenna star Azsah Bradley the entire meet, but the Bulldogs’ Izzy Best and Elise Carey couldn't upset the gifted speedster.
A threat for a state title, Bradley won three springt titles as she won the 100- (12.38), 200- (25.55) and the 400-meter dashes (58.07).
Best, a freshman for Woodridge, ran second in each race. She was timed at a blazing-fast 58.72 seconds in the 400, posted a 13.07 in the 100-meter dash, and was timed in the 200 at 26.43 ticks.
"Elise Carey finished fourth in the same three events," said coach Howard, alluding to the deep sprint fields at the PTC.
Libby Howard, who scored in the open 800-meter race, also ran on the winning 3,200-meter relay that was timed at 9:54 to easily beat Field (10:02) along with Evelyn Willett, Anastasia Bakuhn, and Best.
"Eleanor Sterling grabbed a second-place finish in the discus and followed that up with a fourth-place shot put finish," said the coach.
With a solid toss of 103 feet, 11 inches, Sterling placed second overall in the discus throw. In the shot put, Sterling had a toss of 30-7.
Carey was timed at 13.38 in the 100, 27.68 in the 200, and 1:03.76 in the 400.
In the 3,200-meter race, Rosie Sterling registered a great time of 12:36.17, good for fourth at Crestwood.
"Artesha Calhoun, Sarah Abood, Julia Adams, and Belle Norris joined Howard, Eby, Willett, Bakuhn, and Best with great efforts in the relay events," commented Howard.
Woodridge was runner-up in the 400-meter relay in 53.64 with the running of Carey, Eby, Calhoun and Adams, the senior anchor.
Snagging third was the 800-meter relay with a strong time of 1:54.82 with Carey, Eby, Abood, and Norris.
Bakuhn raced to a fifth in the 1,600 meters in 5:47.54. In the open 800 meters., Howard ran fifth in 2:33.52 while Willett was sixth in 2:33.77.
"Libby also joined Willett by scoring the 800, plus Bakuhn and Rosie Sterling also grabbed big points in these races," said Howard.
"In the field events, Catie Meehan and Emma Stekelenburg scored the high jump while Delaney Duve and Leah Stanfield grabbed valuable points in the long jump," added the coach.
Meehan finished fifth in the high jump, just ahead of Stekelenburg with efforts of 4-4.
The 1,600-meter relay ran fourth (4:25.59) with Carey, Willett, Abood, and Bakuhn.
Finishing sixth in the long jump was Duve, who leaped 14-1 1/2 for the Bulldogs.
Stanfield was eighth at 13-11 3/4
"Sydnie Rhone and Cher Strain both scored in the throws as well, and freshman Chloe Rado also scored the 300 hurdles (53.20)," offered Howard.
With a heave of 28-2, Rhone was seventh in the shot put. Strain was eighth in the discus at 86-5.
The Lady Bulldogs were set to open the posteseason at at the Division II district meet at Bedford Thursday and Satruday. The top four placers in each event Bedford advance to the regional meet May 23 and 25 at Austintown Fitch.