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Freedom girls track drops two

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by Katie McDonald in Sports

Freedom’s girls’ track and field team competed for the first time this season against Easton and Parkland last Thursday at Freedom.

Patriot thrower Katie McNulty and Patriot jumper Kasyanna Roberts were the girls’ first place finishers in individual events.

McNulty won the discus with a distance of 91.03, and Roberts won the long jump with a distance of 15.04.

McNulty placed fifth in the javelin with a distance of 61.60.

Second place finishes were captured by Ariele Beete in the long jump with a distance of 15.02, and Shannon Connelly in the 300 hurdles with a time of 54.10.

“I feel really good, I’m excited, and I’m hoping to get my time down more,” Connelly said. “In the last 100, I can feel things burning that I wouldn’t usually feel, like in the 800 or something, so it makes me want to push harder. It makes me feel stronger as a person because I push through that, and if I can push through that, I can push through anything.”

Connelly, a distance runner, is competing in hurdles for the first time this season.

“Last year I was just messing around, and I went over a hurdle, and [former teammate] Morgan Weaver said I have really good hurdle form,” said Connelly. “It’s kind of fun. So I was really interested and I wanted to try something new because I’m looking to run track in college, so I want to be able to do a lot.”

Freedom’s 4x4 relay team of Connelly, Beete, Ariana Braun, and Jada Phipps placed second in 5:03.60.

Lauren Charbonneau took third place in the 800 with a time of 2:41.00, and Roberts was third in the triple jump with a distance of 31.05.

Mary Sweeney placed fourth in the 3200 with a time of 13:15, and Maizy Yasso placed fourth in the long jump with a distance of 15.00.

Final team scores were Easton 106.50, Parkland 106.50, and Freedom 34.50.

Freedom’s next track meet is scheduled for this Thursday when Dieruff will host.