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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Liberty girls track finishes 9-2

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Liberty’s girls track and field team finished the season with a record of 9-2 after defeating Freedom 102-48 last week at Liberty.

Winners in individual events were Payton Shaffer in the 100 in 12.4 and in the 200 in 25.8, Olivia Sahaydak in the 400 in 1:01.1, Greta Stuckey in the 800 in 2:18.0, and Belle Weikert in the 1600 in 5:30.0, all from LHS.

“Today I PRed. That was my goal for today,” said Stuckey. “I knew I had to go out faster today because I usually come back pretty strong, but I have trouble getting out fast. I figured I should try it at a meet before leagues or districts.”

Lauren Charboneau won the 3200 in 12:09.0 for Freedom.

Hazel Deschamps took first place in the 100 hurdles in 17.7 and the 300 hurdles in 49.5 for Liberty.

The Hurricane girls won the 4x1 relay (names unavailable) in 50.5 and the 4x4 relay (names unavailable) in 4:22.0.

Charboneau, Elizabeth Fihlman, Shannon Connelly, and Mary Sweeney combined to win the 4x8 relay in 11:07.7 for the Patriots.

Also for the Patriots, Sarah Gill took first place in the high jump with a height of 4-07.00, and Elena Spengler was first in the pole vault with a height of 9-00.00.

Grace Mittl won the long jump with a distance of 17-09.00 and the triple jump with a distance of 35-00.00.

“I jumped 17-11 a couple days ago, and that was my first jump that I really felt confident, so I’m just building off that, and I’m really excited for leagues and districts. It’s really coming along,” Mittl said.

The Hurricane senior injured her back during Liberty’s first indoor meet and took the winter off.

“The beginning of the season was a little rough for me. I hurt my back pretty bad, so I was doing a lot of physical therapy. I was a little nervous about reinjuring myself ... I wanted to finish my senior season really strong,” she said.

“[Coach Andy Messa] has been a really big help with my mentality, especially coming off that injury. If it wasn’t for him, if it was any other coach, I don’t think I would have been able to come back from it. It’s a big help when he videos me, so I can see what I’m doing wrong, and I think I’ve progressed mechanically through the videos, but just having more confidence, it was big just getting my confidence back from the winter.”

In throwing, Liberty’s Jaida Davis won the shot with a 33-03, Freedom’s Katie McNulty won the discus with a 93-04, and Liberty’s Eleni Prodes won the javelin with a 103.