Stuckey, relays first
Bethlehem Catholic, Freedom, and Liberty’s girls’ track and field teams competed in the East Penn Conference Championships last Tuesday and Wednesday at Whitehall High School where medals were awarded to the top four finishers in each event.
Camryn Bortz, Rachel Byrne, Emily Jobes, and Greta Stuckey won gold medals in the 4x8 relay for Liberty with a time of 9:39.46.
“We were in fifth place when I got the hand off and fourth when Emily got the hand off,” said Byrne. “I closed the gap but the heat was kind of tough. We were not expecting to P.R. but it was pretty nice, and we all can run faster. The state qualifying time is 9:35 so we’re looking to at least run that at districts.”
Stuckey went on to win a personal gold medal in the 800 with a time of 2:21.02. Stroudsburg’s Emily Banashefski finished right behind in 2:21.47.
“She’s always right there. The past four years we were always running together, so I knew she would be good competition,” Stuckey said. “I kind of got caught in the back in the beginning and I just started edging up. By the second lap I had to give it everything I had, so the last 200, I pushed. It’s exciting and I think I can drop time.”
Liberty’s 4x4 relay team also won conference gold with a time of 4:03.13.
Silver medalists came from Bethlehem Catholic with Liz Lieb taking second place in the long jump with a 17-06.50 and Maddie Wickel taking second in the discus with a 111-09.00 on her first throw.
“It’s like a pattern for me,” Wickel said. “It was one inch short of my P.R., but I’m still happy with it, and I still have districts. I’m feeling a good distance for districts. I’m feeling states.”
Bronze medalists came from Liberty with Jaida Davis in the shot put with a 35-11.50, Brylee Tereska in the javelin with a 116-01.00, and Yamilet Ferrufino in the 300 hurdles with a time of 46.87.
Liberty’s Catherine Kelly won a fourth place medal in the long jump with a 17-00.00, Zoey Reifinger was fourth in the javelin with a 105-03.00, and Byrne came in fourth in the 400 with a time of 1:01.07.