Warwick wins three golds at Hempfield Invitational

By on April 20, 2016

 

Girls 4×800 relay sets new meet record

Warwick’s foursome of (left to right) Sam Shields, Kate Dickow, Deirdre White and Emily Williamson took gold in the 4x800 relay at last Saturday’s Hempfield Invitational in a new meet record time of 9:38.91. (Photo by Stan Hall)

Warwick’s foursome of (left to right) Sam Shields, Kate Dickow, Deirdre White and Emily Williamson took gold in the 4×800 relay at last Saturday’s Hempfield Invitational in a new meet record time of 9:38.91. (Photo by Stan Hall)

Warwick track and field assistant coach Matt Bomberger is getting the most out of his distance runners this season.

Last Saturday was a perfect example.

The foursome of Deirdre White, Emily Williamson, Kate Dickow and Sam Shields competed in the girls 4×800 relay at the Hempfield Invitational last Saturday and not only took home the gold medal, but set a new meet record with their time of 9:38.91.

“Coach Bomberger does a nice job of having kids do different events throughout the course of a season to keep them fresh and challenge them,” Warwick head coach Alex Daecher said. “This is one of his recipes for trying to put together a good 4×800 team for the post-season.”

Their time currently stands as the top mark on the Sunday News Honor Roll, just ahead of Manheim Township’s 9:47.1.

“It is a great time,” Daecher said. “Most of our kids did great on Saturday, a lot of personal records were set. Those girls in the 4×800 are really hard workers. I think that time will kep coming down as the season wears on.”

It didn’t hurt the Lady Warriors’ motivation that they had lost to MT earlier in the week.

“The only factors that made them capable of running that time is the girls’ work ethic and a good coach who pushes them to be their best,” Daecher said. “It also helped that the Manheim Township team was running against them. I know they wanted to go out and do well against them.”

In the team standings, the Warwick boys and girls each finished with 58 points, placing second and fifth overall, respectively.

Senior Cody Seese scored key points for the WHS boys, winning the pole vault event while clearing the bar at 12-0.

“Cody has improved every week,” Daecher said. “He really is trying to do everything he can to improve and help the team. He does four events at most dual meets and is a huge part of our success.”

By the same token, Trinity Bitting-Ellis is a big part of the Lady Warriors’ success. Last Saturday, she won gold in the high jump at 5-0.

“Trinity has been steady around the 5-foot mark all season,” Daecher remarked.. “She has gotten 5-2 earlier. She is working hard at practice and will be jumping over 5 feet when the post season comes around. Sheridan (McNeill) also got 5 feet at the Invitational but Trinity did it on her first try so that is why Trinity got the win.”

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