5/27/2014 11:19:00 AM Girls Track Wins 13th Subsection Title
By Charro Coleman
The Byron Girls Track Team had a great night last Tuesday as they won their thirteenth subsection title in a row winning the meet with 248 points. The closest team to the girls was Pine Island with 172 points. The win was big for the team as it is the last meet of the season where they compete as a full team. From this meet on the girls have to qualify for the next and there were seventeen girls that will be representing Byron at the Section Meet.
The girls will be taking all four relays to the section meet. The 4x100 relay of Kelsey VonBerge, Darby Dodds, Connor Zamzow and Anne Christofferson took first in a time of 52.32. The 4x200 relay of Zamzow, Tessa Whitney, Emma Weatherly and Rebecca Houston took second in a time of 1:54.42. The 4x400 relay of Houston, Madison Blazing, Courtney Slowinski and Mary Laudon took third with a season best time of 4:24. The 4x800 relay was the first race of the night and they got things off to a great start as they took first running fifteen seconds faster than their previous best. The relay was made up of Houston, Regina Burroughs, Sydney Brooks and Taylor Kreitinger and their time was 10:25.
The relays had a great night, but the girls were able to score points in every running event. The girls did well in the sprints with Anne Christofferson winning the 100 dash in a time of 13.18, Tessa Whitney ran well and finished third in a time of 13.71 and Darby Dodds finished seventh in a time of 13.99. Anne and Tessa will be competing in the section meet next week. In the 200 dash Kelsey VonBerge was the only girl for Byron to finish in the top eight. Kelsey finished third with a time of 27.44 and is moving on as well. The girls that ran the 400 dash did a great job as all three placed. Mary Laudon led the way as she finished third in a PR time of 64.0, Lexi Barth also ran a PR time of 66.2 and finished sixth and Courtney Slowinski finished eighth in a time of 67.1. Mary will be competing at sections as well.
Not to be out done by the 400 girls the 800 girls also placed all three girls in the top eight. Taylor Kreitinger was the top finisher as she crossed the line in a PR and new JH record time of 2:30.4. Taylor finished fourth and close behind was teammate Regina Burroughs finishing fifth in a PR time of 2:38 and Sydney Brooks also ran a new PR time of 2:40 and finished eighth. In the mile Hannah Higgins ran a nice race and finished sixth in a time of 6:07. Hannah then came back later to run the two mile where she finished fourth in a time of 13:10 and teammate Justine Schneider came in twenty seconds later to take fifth. This was the most points the girls have scored in the distance races in a couple of years and it is a young talented group.
The hurdlers also had a solid day. In the 100 hurdles Kelsey VonBerge finished third against some pretty tough competition. Kelsey ran a time of 16.4 and teammates Emma Weatherly and Madison Blazing also placed with Emma finishing fourth in a time of 17.1 and Madison finished eighth in a time of 18.0. Weatherly and Madison both came back to compete in the 300 hurdles and Emma finished third in a time of 48.9 and Madison finished eighth once again in a time of 52.2. Kelsey will be moving on to sections in the 100 hurdles and Emma in the 300 hurdles.
The girls had several great performances in the field events as well. In the high jump Taylor Knesel and Emma Weatherly both cleared 4'9 and ended up tied for fifth. In the pole vault Hannah Coleman won her first subsection title setting a new PR of 9'9. Teammate Jill Schuster had a solid night as well finishing fourth with a height of 7'3. In the long jump all three girls placed with Anne Christofferson winning the event with a jump of 17'4.5. Taylor Knesel and Paige Fode both jumped very well with Taylor finishing fifth and Paige seventh. Taylor jumped 15'3 and Paige set a new PR of 14'11.
The triple jumpers had a huge night as they all three qualified for the section meet. Christofferson took the title here again as she jumped 35'9.5 and Taylor was very close behind in second with a jump of 35'6. Connor Zamzow finished fourth, but qualified by standard jumping a new PR of 34'2. The throwers had a solid night. In the shot put all three girls placed with Margaret Silhasek finishing second with a new PR of 32'8. Ayoka Lee also had a good night as she finished fourth with a throw of 30'6 and Kyra Abrams did well finishing seventh with a throw of 29'3. Kyra Abrams and Margaret also had good nights in the discus. Kyra finished third with a throw of 99'1 and Margaret finished fourth with a throw of 96'6.
All the girls that finished in the top three automatically qualify for sections. One can also qualify if they meet a standard. A few girls still have a chance if their performance equals or is better than the top eight out of all the subsections. I am very happy for all the girls as they are seeing all their hard work start to pay off.