Eastwood girls dominate again (05-20-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Monday, 20 May 2013 09:17
Eastwood’s Emily Hayward throws the shot put (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
JERRY CITY - Eastwood's girls dominated the Northern Buckeye Conference track and field meet Saturday at Elmwood High School. PHOTO GALLERY
The Eagles won five events and totaled 176 1/2 points to easily win their 13th straight league championship.
Lake was second with 109 1/2 points, while Woodmore was third with 96 1/2.
Eastwood won the final 11 Suburban Lakes League titles and has won the first two NBC meets.
"No class wants to be the one who breaks the tradition, said Eastwood senior Aricka Lavoy, who was named the meet's most valuable performer in the running events.
LaVoy won the long jump with a distance of 17-1 to break her meet record of 16-10 3/4 set last year.
She also was second in the 100 (12.95) and ran on the Eagles' winning 400 and 1,600 relay teams."
"Everyone has their mind set on (winning the league) all year. It's something we want to continue for sure," LaVoy said.
"The expectations are big because that's what we see when we're in middle school and go to watch the (varsity meets), and our middle school teams are usually pretty good, too. It's something we always try to do every season."
Eastwood junior Elise Wolff also won twice in meet-record performances.
Wolff won the pole vault at 10-3 to break her own mark of 9-3 and she was first in the 100 hurdles in 16.41, breaking the record of 16.62 set by former teammate Rachel McNay.
"No matter what, we always want to get better and make ourselves better as a team, and we came out and did that today," Wolff said. "I had my mind set on winning both of my events and I wanted this team to go out and give it their all, and that's what they did. I couldn't be more proud."
Eastwood's 400 relay team of sophomore Reagan Boice, LaVoy, junior Maddie Jackson and senior Hannah Firsdon won in 51.43.
The Eagles' 1,600 relay team of LaVoy, sophomore Kortni Montag, freshman Alyssa Decker and Jackson won in 4:14.03 to break the meet record of 4:15.12.
In addition to its five wins, Eastwood had five second-place finishes and six third-place efforts.
Each team is allowed two athletes in the 13 non-relay events. Each event scores eight places, and the Eagles had two scorers in all 13 of those events.
"I'm way beyond pleased," Eastwood coach Nikki Sabo. "They came to this meet inspired as a collective group, all 17 events."
Sabo said the Eagles were coming off a "so-so" performance in the Oak Harbor Invitational on May 11, adding that the team is as healthy as it has been all season. The Eagles have been battling a number of leg injuries.
"I told them it was going to take all 17 events and you need to come ready to go, ... that's what they did," Sabo said. "I couldn't be more proud. I'm very, very pleased."
The Eagles had personal bests throughout the day.
"It's more satisfying to win when you perform well and we did that," Wolff said. "Everyone came out and was ready to win, and did what they had to do for us to do that."
Sabo, who is in her fourth season after serving as an assistant under former head coach Richard Morgan, said each season is a new year.
I look at it as a clean slate at the start of the season," Sabo said. "This isn't the group from last year. This isn't the group from 12 years ago. This is a group of 50 girls competing for another goal. That's how we attack the season. This is our team and these are our goals.
"It's an attitude. It's a culture at our school. They want to do well and they will put in the time in the weight room. They will put in time during their other sports. They're ready for spring. That's what Eastwood girls do."
Lake won two events - junior Nicole Pennington won the 100 in 12.89 to break the meet record of 13.08, and senior Ashley Timmons won the high jump (4-10)
Rossford senior Erica Stolar won the 300 hurdles in 49.21, and the Bulldogs' 800 relay team of freshman Taylor Stolar, junior Jessie Pietrasz, Erica Stolar and junior Shelby Redway won in 1:50.58.
Otsego's 3,200 relay team of junior Dayna Fackler, sophomores Allison Horen and Mallory Beach, and freshman Alex Wenig won in 10:04.10 to break its meet record of 10:08.61.
Elmwood freshman Madison Sears won the 400 in 60.57.
Jackson and Lake's Rebecca Boos shared the NBC's athlete of the year award with Genoa's Carly Gose.
Woodmore's Megan Pendleton was named the meet's most valuable performer in the field events.
Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 13:58

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