The Woodridge girls track and field team just achieved one goal in the Portage Trail Conference by winning the dual meet portion of the Metro Division campaign
The talented Bulldogs wrapped up their dual meet campaign April 25 at home in the PTC against a strong foe in Lodi Cloverleaf and won 67-61.
"The biggest dual meet of the year came down to the last race in Lodi," said Bulldogs coach Jeff Howard.
"Our girls came away with the win a season-best time in the 4x400-meter relay to beat the host Colts," added the coach. "Cloverleaf hosted a well-run event and both teams competed well."
Senior anchor runner Nicole Fleming had a blazing fast 60.3-second final leg to outkick the Lady Colts at the end of the 1,600-meter relay. Their blazing time was 4 minutes, and 10 seconds.
"It was a fabulous, tight race in the 4x400 that came down to the last leg with a really fast split by Nicole Fleming," said Howard.
Joining Fleming in the relay was senior twin sister Natalie Fleming, senior Katie Kearns, and sophomore Jenna Kaiser.
"They all combined for the final victory that kept the girls perfect on the dual season and sealed percent of the PTC championship," said Howard.
Claire Willett, another senior standout, also shined.
"Clare was courageous and selfless in running a strong 800 and turning around to race the 3,200 with only one event to rest," Howard noted. "This ensured that the meet would not be over before the 4x400 and gave us a chance to 'load up' the 4x400 and win the meet."
"This willingness to sacrifice herself for her team, earned Clare the (team's) Performer of the Meet."
One of Howard's huge highlights in the meet also came in a relay the 400-meter relay that included freshman Erin Eby, senior Gracey Radwany, junior Sade Ward, and junior Kiarra King.
"Kiarra anchored a critical comeback win the relay," said the coach.
Junior Nicole Seff and sophomore Shayla Alexander grabbed wins in the long jump and high jump, respectively.
"Shayla's PR (personal record of 4-feet, 7 inches) in the high jump was a highlight for us," said Howard.
The Lady Bulldogs staff was thrilled to see the hopefully full-time return of junior standouts Molly Howard and Adelle Tannous. Both are versatile athletes who can help in a host of events and races.
"Alyssa Caine, Libby Howard, and Tannous all competed exceptionally well," said Howard.
Caine, a freshman prospect, recorded a PR in the shot put of 29-3 feet.
Woodridge finished 7-0 to capture the dual portion of the PTC crown.
In upcoming action, the PTC Meet is May 10 and 12 at Crestwood, but first Woodridge hosts two events - the Woodridge Wrap Up May 6 and the Stars of Track and Field May 8.
Woodridge also registered a fourth-place finish in the rugged Wooster Triway Invitational April 22. It was the 50th annual Triway meet.
The Triway meet featured powerful Orrville, which won the team crown 92-81 over Shelby High, North Royalton (68) and the Bulldogs (56). Woodridge placed ahead of quality clubs from Cloverleaf, Rittman, and West Holmes.
"Our girls came away with a solid fourth-place effort," noted Howard.
With a superb time of 9:50.71, the Bulldogs' 3,200-meter relay won a crown and beat powerful Shelby, which posted a time of 9:51.56.
Making up this relay was Natalie Fleming, Libby Howard, Kearns, and Nicole Fleming.
"That 3,200 team won with a time that places them among the top five in Ohio's Division II," said the coach. "Each of these girls also scored top five in individual races as well."'
"Clare (Willett) ran well in the 3,200 race to grab second-place while Gracey (Radwany) scored in both hurdle races to pace the sprint crew. Junior Rachel Frierson tossed a season-best in the discus and Seff scored in the pole vault."
The Lady Bulldogs won 90-38 over visiting Akron Firestone on Senior Day April 20.
"I thought our seniors did their part in securing the win as the program celebrated our annual senior night," said Howard.
Radwany won both hurdle races while Seff went over 14-feet -- at 14-3.75 feet - to win the long jump. Radwany raced to 16.8-second 100 hurdles time and was timed at 50.1 ticks in the 300 hurdles.
Libby Howard earned her first victory in the open 800 (2:30.8) while Alexander won the high jump at 4-6 feet.