Track and field: Lauralton Crusaders flying high

Lauralton Hall has had a solid finish to the regular season.  

“We had a very good meet against two very strong teams in Sheehan and Sacred Heart Academy,” coach Ellis Gill said. “We were able to win the 4x800 relay with Abigail Baisley, Carly Costikyan, Rachel Wywoda and Mary Feeney running a good time of 10:42. 

“We then faced another difficult duo in Hillhouse and Hand. We were able to come away with the victory against a tough Hand team. Freshman Kiera Henry was able to qualify for states in the 200. 

“We finished out the regular season with the Lady Titan Relay Invitational at Sheehan. Our 4x400 relay was able to qualify for states and come within one second of the school record. Abigail Baisley, Alani Burke, Kelly Hufnagel and Mary Feeney ran an impressive 4:21.04. Abigail Baisley also qualified for states at this meet in the long jump, where she jumped 15 feet.” 

The SCC West Sectional meet came next, where Lauralton finish eighth. 

“Junior Mary Feeney was able to qualify for states in the 800 and took third overall in 2:29.36,” Gill said. “Seniors Margaret O'Connor and Rachel Wywoda both had an impressive race in the 1600, each setting personal records. O'Connor ran 5:52.12 and Wywoda ran 5:55.66. 

“Another senior, Peggy Hutchinson, finished seventh overall in the 3200 in 13:32.7. Junior Sara Bartoli advanced to the SCC Championship meet in the 300 hurdles with a great time of 53.01. Lastly, the 4x100 was able to qualify for states with a time of 55.01. 

“We also had the SCC Novice meet last week, which is a great way for our novice athletes to end their season. Some of the highlights from the meet came from our junior distance runner Caroline Taylor, who was able to finish sixth overall in the 1600 and top 10 in the 800. She set personal records in both events. 

“We also had some highlights from our throwing squad. Our freshman thrower Anna Varholak had a fantastic first year on the team. She was able to throw over 26 feet in shot put, over 65 feet in discus, and over 70 feet in javelin. All of our coaches are very excited for her return next year. 

“Junior Kelly DeRosa was able to finish the year over 50 feet in javelin, and junior Carly Weber was able to finish her season with over 65 feet in the discus.  It was an extremely fun day all around.” 

Heading into states, Lauralton will be bringing a much larger group than last season. 

“We have qualified all three relays, two girls in the 100, two in the 200, three girls in the 400, one girl in the 800, one girl in high jump, one in long jump, and one in triple jump,” Gill said. “The coaches are very proud of all these girls who qualified.”