WHS girls halt the Tornado; earn first win

By on April 25, 2012

The Warwick girls track and field team overcame the elements.

And they overcame a couple of earlier close calls.

On Monday, the Lady Warriors earned their first win of the season, using a dominant advantage in the field events to defeat McCaskey 91-55 in a Section One meet in Lititz.

"Despite the not so spring-like weather, the girls finally pulled out a win," Warwick coach Katie Vann said. "They have come so close on a couple of meets and everything finally clicked today. It was a great all-around effort by the girls team."

The Warwick boys team also had a number of great efforts, but came up a little short against the Tornado, losing 97-54.

"The boys had a tougher time, but we still had some great performances," Vann said. "Ben Mueller, Colin Garner, AJ Sanderson, Keondre Martzall, Landon Hess, Mike Urban and Chris Sandkuhler were our first-place earners … McCaskey had strong sprinters and hurdlers which created tough competition."

Senior Bailey Groves and junior Hannah Grove proved tough to beat in the field events for the Warwick girls. Groves was a triple individual winner in the shot put (35-11 3/4), discus (95-1) and javelin (83-10), while Grove took the long jump (14-4 1/2) and triple jump (31-9) and added a silver in the high jump (4-8), as Warwick held a 50-9 edge in the field.

Allie Robinson also scored key points with a win in the pole vault (6-6) and a silver in the long jump (14-4 1/2), and Brooke Stauffer was first in the high jump (4-8) and third in the triple jump (27-3 1/4).

Another jumper, sophomore Rachel Mueller, made her presence felt as a member of the first-place 4×800 and 4×400 relays, in addition to taking the gold in the 400 in 1:02.8.

Senior Kristi Reidenbaugh also competed on the 4×800 foursome, while taking the 3,200 as well in 12:14.6, and freshman Maddie Class and senior Bethany Han took the 1600 (5:48.1) and 800 (2:35.9), respectively.

"We had important second and third-place finishers who contributed to the win as well," Vann said, "such as Nicole George in the throws, Katie Dein, Lauren Learn and Natalie Weaver in the hurdles, Jenica Miller and Ericka Griffith in the sprints, Amanda Graber in the 3,200 relay and Christine Ogunleye in the jumps."

Despite the weather conditions, Mueller ran a personal record in the 800 in 2:05 and competed with Phil Headland, Sandkuhler and Urban on the first place 4×800 team (8:14.4).

Sandkuhler and Urban also added key points in the distance events for the Warriors, taking the 1,600 (4:42.2) and 3,200 (10:22.4), respectively.

In the field events, Sanderson and Garner led the way in the throws. Sanderson took the discus (122-2) and was runner-up in the shot put (39-8 1/2), while Garner earned top honors in the javelin (136-3) and won silver in the discus (112-5).

In the jumps, Martzall was victorious in the triple (38-7) and finished third in the long (18-3 1/4), while Hess prevailed in the high jump (5-6).

"Ryan Sammet, Phil Headland, Matt Lefever, Mike Hoffman and Chris Dein earned additional place points in their events," Vann said. More TRACK, page B-6

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