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Dominance continues for Bulldog girls track

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: April 16, 2017 12:00 AM

There's plenty of ways for this spring's edition of Woodridge girls track and field team to put up points. League foes are finding that out in a hurry.

The Lady Bulldogs went undefeated in a home Portage Trail Conference Metro Division tri-meet April 11.

Head coach Jeff Howard likes his team's balance as the locals beat Coventry 97-31 and defeated Streetsboro 93-35.

"The girls moved to 4-0 on the young season," said Howard. "Once again, a balanced approach to scoring led to the win."

Woodridge competes in a league tri meet with Akron Springfield April 18 at Field, Results of the Perry Gene Kobus Relays April 15 weren't available as of press time.

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The Bulldogs, who return a slew of state qualifiers from last spring, are set to compete at the Wooster Triway Invitational April 22.

"Nicole Seff continued her strong spring with wins in the long jump and pole vault while Rachel Frierson had a big day in the throws," pointed out Howard, of his talented juniors.

Seff had an impressive showing as she won the long jump with a leap of 14-feet, 3.5 inches.

In the pole vault, Seff finished first with an effort of 8 feet to beat Coventry and Streetsboro.

Frierson has made huge strides in the throws and is off to a solid start this spring. She had a big matchup with Streetsboro record holder Autumn Meek.

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With a throw of 28-feet, 5 inches, Frierson beat Coventry in the shot put. Meek, who won the discus throws (97-10 feet), won the shot put at 29-3.5 feet.

Frierson tossed the discus 91-7 feet at Woodridge.

A host of standout seniors also shined for the Lady Bulldogs in Gracey Radwany, Clare Willett, Natalie Fleming, and Nicole Fleming.

"Willett, Natalie Fleming, and Nicole Fleming all grabbed distance wins while Gracey stole victory in both hurdle races," said an excited Howard.

Willett looked strong in winning the 3,200-meter race as she posted a time of 11:50.9.

In the 100-meter hurdle victory, Radwany put up a time of 17.1 seconds. In the 300 hurdles, the improving Radwany was clocked at 50.4 seconds to win.

Natalie Fleming crossed first in the 800-meter race with a 2:27 and captured the 1,600 with a time of 5:23.9.

Woodridge captured the 800-meter relay in 1:56, the 1,600 relay in 4:32.3, and posted a 10:54.7 in winning the 3,200 relay.

"Jenna Kaiser, Libby Howard, Julia Adams, Mary Kiley, Sarah Frederick, Kiara King, Leah Stanfield, Adelle Tannous, and Eleanor Sterling all had outstanding performances as well," stated Howard.

Kiley took second in the high jump competition and reached 4-feet, 4 inches. Kiley is a versatile senior for the Lady Bulldogs.

Tannous captured victory in the open 400-meter race as the junior registered a time of 1:03.4.

King, a junior, ran a 28.9-second in a second-place 200-meter dash against Rocket all-star Savannah Nevels (26.6). The gifted Nevels was timed at 12.6 seconds in winning the 100.

Coventry beat Streetsboro 66-62.

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