The girls track and field team enjoyed several standout performances en route to a 6th place finish at the always tough SWC Championships.
Starting the scoring for the team on Wednesday, the 4×800 team of Teagan Walsh, Erica Francesconi, Alex Fernandez, and Olivia Irwin set a season best in their event with a number of individual PR’s while scoring valuable points for the team with their 7th place finish. Not to be outdone, Julia Kreeger set a new PR in the Shot Put and, with her 5th place finish, earned the first medal of the competition for the Lady Demons.
It was during Friday’s final events, however, where the team really put forth some amazing performances. Starting in the field events, Abby Moutoux PR’d to take 3rd place overall in the Discus while Julia Houser not only made it to the finals but also scored the team points with her finish. On the other end of the stadium, vaulters Eliza Steinman and Haley Brennan continued their fantastic seasons as Eliza took 4th overall in the Pole Vault and, in the same event, Haley earned All-SWC 2nd Team status with her runner-up finish. Making their finishes all the more impressive is both girls also earned points in the long jump as Eliza took 5th and Haley 6th in that event.
In the sprints, the relay teams put in their best performances of the season, earning the team points in two of the three sprint relays despite running in the first heat in each. In the 4×100, Domenica George, Hanna Bauer, Claire Beck, and Lauren Novak earned a 6th place, medal-earning finish, while in the 4×200 Domenica, Claire, Claire Hoelscher, and Christina Zkiab earned points with their 8th place finish.
The distance team had a record setting day, as Olivia Irwin and Ashley Boyd ran with some of the best runners in the area en route to two amazing PR’s in the 800. In the 1600, Teagan took 3rd overall in the event while Erica was close behind with a 4th place finish. Both returned later in the meet to double up in the 3200, showing incredible toughness and a team-first-attitude that was infectious throughout the team the entire conference meet. Teagan ran an incredibly tough race, setting a new PR and taking 5th overall while Erica, repeating her form from her cross country MVP season, ran with the best 3200 runner in the area and not only took a 2nd place runner-up finish, but also broke Tina Lokar’s (’93) record in the event despite running the event for the first time all season.
With the meet concluded, the girls earned an impressive 6th place finish as the team enjoyed numerous PR’s and season bests during both days of the competition. The team will look to continue the positive momentum as they compete at the District Meet this Wednesday and Friday.