(May 1st, 2015) – WEST UNITY: It was only a single point that separated Montpelier and Stryker as the Hilltop Relays drew to a close. The Lady Locos put up a 69 points efforts, just enough to top a very talented Stryker squad, who scored 68. North Central wasn’t far behind either teams with a 56 point effort, while Edon’s 32 points, Hilltop’s 30, and Fayette’s 9 filled out the remaining places.
The Lady Panther relay team of Brittney Breier, Paige Speelman, Audra Rupp, and Gabriell Paxton had a phenomenal day at the track. First, they broke not only a school record in the 4X200 meter relay, but the meet record as well with a time of 1:52.2. Then, they accomplished both of those very same feats in the 4X400 meter relay, running a time of 4:26.8.
Winning the pole vault was Edon’s Autumn Joice, clearing a height of 7’6” to claim the victory. Vada Lashaway, of North Central, and Misheala Robertson, of Montpelier, tied for second at 7′ even. Megan Graber handed Stryker a fourth place showing in the event, passing over the bar at 6′ even.
Brooke Schofield earned a first place finish for North Central in the high jump, clearing 4’8” to do so. In a four way tie for second place, Edon’s Sarah Lemmon, Hilltop’s Madeleine Routhier, Stryker’s Kira Pettit, and Montpelier’s Morgan Eriksen all finished at a height of 4’4”.
Baylee Hageman won the shot put, tossing the metal orb 35’9”. Second place was claimed by Stryker’s Rupp, finishing with a throw of 31’2.5”. Micheala Bates took home third place at 30’2.5”.
In the long jump, it was Alaina Kemarly who came away with the victory, as the North Central girl jumped for a distance of 14’10.5”. This was just barely enough to edge out Stryker’s Breier, who finished at a length of 14’10’ even. Hilltop’s Kara Brown came in third place, leaping for 13’6.5”.
Stryker and Montpelier battled it out all day long, with a difference as small as a half inch in the long jump determining which team earned the victory. North Central more than held their own against the talented squads, while Edon and Hilltop had some great individual performers as well. With just two girls listed on their roster, the fact that Fayette is able to gather any points at all is a testament to the level of talent they possess.