First outdoor meet yields some medalists, personal bests for Lady Warriors

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By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register


At last week’s West Delaware Early Bird coed meet, the first outdoor meet of the season, the Central girls track and field team finished inside the top 10 in 10 of the 14 events they competed in, with 14 individuals placing 10th or better while adding several personal bests.


The Warriors had a trio of top performers in the discus, starting with medalist Layla Embretson, who finished second with a distance of 83-08, which was the second best throw of her career. Staci Herman finished fifth with a distance of 72-08, and Crystal Goodrich placed seventh, hitting 67-09. 


Coach Martha Bauder said Reese Berns’s “excellent consistency” allowed her to put up a personal record in the long jump with a 13-04, which was good for seventh place. Goodrich, in her first meet ever, achieved a personal record in the shot put, finishing 12th with a mark of 25-05.


In the sprint races, Savannah Orr placed 12th in the 100-meter dash in 15.16 seconds, followed by Isabella Schmidt in 19th at 16.62. 


Central was represented by Coral Rork in the 800, where she finished 12th with a personal record time of 3:05.08. Rork did the same in the 3000-meter run, coming in fourth with a personal record 13:40.33, which was 40 seconds faster than her time a few weeks ago. The 1500 was run by Alexis Thiese, who finished fifth with a time of 6:07.97.


In what was the first time all season the athletes ran a full flight of 10 hurdles, the Warriors were well represented. In the 100-meter hurdles, Berns hit the line in sixth place with a personal record time of 18.82, less than two seconds out of first place. Taylor Moser finished the race ninth and Madylen Gregerson was 10th.


The relays were a mixed bag for the Warriors, including a seventh place effort in the 4x100 for Alivia Wiley, Berns, Gregerson and Staci Herman, who ran it in 58.52 seconds. The group of Orr, Wiley, Thiese and Herman ran the 4x200, finishing fourth in 2:02.11. The highlight of the relays was the third-place finish by Berns, Gregerson, Wiley and Moser in the 4x100 shuttle hurdle event, where they crossed the line in 1:20.16.


Another notable occurrence was medalist Zoey Hyde, who competed in the 100-, 200- and 800-meter wheelchair races. She was the only competitor to do so, still though, Bauder said Hyde “had a good day trying out three of her four wheelchair races.”


“The 800-meter distance can be grueling and she did great, finishing in a little over six minutes—nearly three minutes under our predicted time for her,” Bauder added.


The Warriors had two meets scheduled this week, starting at Postville on April 2, but that was canceled due to weather. They will make a trip to Starmont on April 4.

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