Mark down another undefeated regular season for the Meadville girls track and field team. Just don’t go thinking it was easy.
On Tuesday at the Barco-Duratz Athletic Complex, the Lady Bulldogs set or tied seven different stadium records, yet still just edged visiting Corry 79-71.
“It was a see-saw game,” Bulldogs head coach Carl Roznowski said about the girls competition. “Just because you do well against a few teams, it’s how you match up, it’s how your kids throw or run, and it changes. They gave us a run for the money, no doubt about it. They’re a good team.”
With the win, the Lady Bulldogs finish the campaign at 7-0 — their second straight season without a loss — and are Region 3 champions for the third year in a row.
The Meadville boys team, meanwhile, lost 100-49 to finish the year at 1-6.
“This is our last meet. We’re now getting ready for districts,” said Roznowski. His Bulldogs will next compete at the District 10 Championship meet, scheduled for May 16 at Harbor Creek High School.
“We’ll taper the individuals, get them prepared, ” he added, “and work on techniques so we can have the best performances on that day.”
Speaking of “best performances,” the Barco-Duratz complex witnessed a slew of them yesterday.
Senior Paige Kassab set new stadium records in not one, not two, but three different events.
She started the day with a new venue mark in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing in 15.56. She added a new stadium best in the triple jump with a distance of 37 feet, 2 inches. Then she added a new stadium and team record in the long jump, recording a leap of 17-8 1/2.
If that weren’t all, she notched a victory in the high jump, posting a height of 4-11.
And Kassab wasn’t alone in rewriting the record books. Sophomore Heather Sternby matched a stadium record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.59; then grabbed a new stadium and team record in the 200, finishing in 26.11.
“I dropped my 200 by a half a second and my 100 by a good amount,” said Sternby, who won both races handily. She said that a lack of competition didn’t slow her down much.
“No, not really,” she said. “I’m mostly just racing myself anyway. From swimming, I’ve learned to just race the clock.”
Senior Heather Ziegler added her name to the record books in the 3,200-meter run with a new stadium mark of 11:45.
And the girls’ 3,200-meter relay team — which included Paige Whitney, Ziegler, Abbey Peters and Libby Volna — also set the new standard at the Barco-Duratz, finishing the event in 10:22.
“We had some good times, so I’m very well pleased,” said Roznowski.
Also adding a wins for the girls was Whitney in the 800-meter run in 2:32; and the 400-meter relay squad of Sternby, Amber Griffith, DaQuiesha Epps and Madison Bernarding claimed the event with a time of 53.18.
It turned out the girls would need every one of those points too, as Corry’s nearly halted the Lady ’Dogs undefeated streak.
The Beavers throwers put on a show, sweeping both the discus and the javelin.
Corry’s Jaynee Corbett won all three throwing competitions, setting new stadium marks in both the discus (110-2) and the shot put (39-9).
“They’ve got a good thrower there, fantastic,” Roznowski said about Corbett.
The Meadville boys team was led by freshman Matt Pendolino, who won a pair of events, claiming the long jump with a distance of 17-5 1/2; and the triple jump in 39-3.
Senior Austin Price was tops in the high jump with a mark of 5-11. Still, he wasn’t entirely happy with the effort.
“Yeah, considering in the last meet I got 6-4,” he said.
Thanks to the rain early Tuesday, conditions for the high jump weren’t ideal.
“The track was wet,” said Price. “That has a little bit to do with it. Not the best weather for the high jump. I was talking to Paige Kassab, and she said she was slipping on her jump.
“But I’m pumped for districts,” he added. “It’s my first time. I’m really hoping to get 6-5 or win districts this year, because that’s state qualifying.”
Not bad for a rookie track athlete.
“Yeah, this is my first time doing anything with track,” he said. “Coach (Amy) Lynn just taught me the basics and we’ve been working on it just about every day in practice and trying to improve.”
Tyler Wickham added the best distance in the discus at 132-3.
The Bulldogs also notched a pair of relay wins. In the 400, Kassel Weber, Price, Vince Paczkoskie and Michael Boratyn were first in 47.97. And in the 1,600 it was Pendolino, Caleb Schweter, Price and Boratyn leading the way in 3:53.