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FHS girls split 2 meets

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by Katie McDonald in Sports

Freedom’s girls’ track and field team split its meet last Wednesday with a 104-32 victory over Dieruff and a 91-55 loss to Nazareth at Freedom High School.

Top finishers for the Patriots were Tamia Wright in the 400 meter dash in 1:09.0. Kiara James was second in 1:11.0.

Morgan Weaver took second place in the 800 meter run in 2:34.0.

“I was terrified because it was my first 800. I usually run the 400,” Weaver said. “I was worried about endurance on the last lap, but I knew I had speed.”

Also in the 800, Shannon Connelly placed fourth in 2:48.0, and Ally Young placed fifth in 2:56.0.

“I was just trying to pace myself because it was starting off pretty fast, and it helped when I saw Morgan,” said Connelly.

There was also a large group of girls on the track in this particular race.

“I like to start off behind and pick people off,” Young said. “It’s my goal to catch up with Shannon.”

In the 1600 meter run, Young was third in 5:59.0, and Connelly was fourth in 6:04.0.

“I broke 6:00, and that’s been my goal for the past three meets. I want to get to 5:50. I think it’s feasible,” said Young.

Mary Sweeney placed third in the 3200 meter run in 13:46.0.

“I try to keep the same pace the whole time,” said Sweeney, who took first place last Monday at the Patriots’ meet against Pocono Mountain East.

Wright came in second in the 100 hurdles in 19.7.

Weaver, Young, James, and Wright teamed up to win the 4x4 relay in 4:26.0, and Young, Connelly, Sweeney, and Sarah Beth Dunn took second place in the 4x8 relay in 11:30.0.

“Nazareth was decently ahead of us, but we closed the gap. We had a big enough lead [on Dieruff], so our coach said don’t push too much,” said Young.

The 4x8 Patriots actually started out in third place.

“I was really nervous because I hurt my back, but it doesn’t really hurt when I run,” said Sweeney. “It was good.”

Madison McTier won the high jump with a height of 4-11.0 and the triple jump with a distance of 36-05.50. Maizy Yasso was second in the long jump with a distance of 15-11.50.

Ashley Clymer placed second in the pole vault with a height of 6-5.

Katie McNulty came in first place in the discus with a distance of 73-04, and second in the shot put with a distance of 25-02.50.

“I kept getting better, and I just knew I had to get over 70 [in the discus], and there was a rush of emotion once I saw it get past the line,” McNulty said.

McNulty PR’ed on her third try in the discus during this meet and celebrated with cheers and high-fives.

“I was really excited,” she said. “It’s all about technique, and everybody has a different style.”

Zaynah Jones placed second in the javelin with a distance of 80-06.