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Winfield’s Varsity and JV Boys and Junior varsity Girls Track team competed in the GAC North Conference meet Tuesday, May 7 at Orchard Farm High School. The boys teams competed well, with many new personal bests. However, they were outshined by the girls’ junior varsity team which were crowned conference champions, beating their closest competitor by 52 points.
The JV Warriors were led by first place finishers:
Paige Dixon in the high jump, Niki Mathews in the 400 meters, Megan Cooper in the 200 meters, Brooklyn Crossman in the 3200 meters, Jaylynn Goff in both the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, The 4×800 relay team of Niki Mathews, Jaclyn Sommerlad, Paige Neels and Alex Hudelston, the 4×200 relay team of Allison Reller, Jaylynn Goff, Paige Dixon and Megan Cooper and the 4×100 relay team of Paige Neels, Paige Dixon, Jaclyn Sommerlad and Megan Cross.
Second place finishers for the Lady Warriors were:
Chelsey Denton in the high jump and 100 hurdles, Allison Reller in the long jump and triple jump, Tori Wehde in the shot put and discus, Megan Cooper in the 100 meters, Jaclyn Sommerlad in the 400 meters, Alex Hudleston in the 800 meters and the 4×400 relay team of Paige Neels, Niki Mathews, Paige Dixon and Alex Hudleston.
The lone third place medalist for the ladies was Chelsey Denton in the 300 hurdles.
On the boys side, the JV boys finished in a tie for third with Warrenton. Medalist for the Junior Varsity were:
First place – Nick Gregson in the 100 meters.
Second Place – Jimmy Irwin in the Discus and Nick Gregson in the 200 meters.
Third Place – Nick Gregson in the 400 meters, Patrick Pavia in the long jump and Zak Schneider in both the 1600 meter and 800 meter runs.
The Varsity boys finished in fifth place as a team. Though setting many personal bests and breaking a school record, they only managed two medals on the night.
Medalists on the night were Ben Boyer in the high jump and Tim Novak in the 400 meters, both placing third.
Winfield had many valiant effort, the most inspiring might have been senior, Kyle Lippmann, competing in the high jump. Jumping off his nondominate leg because of injury to his jumping leg, Kyle finished fifth earning points for the team with a jump of 5 foot 10 inches.
The varsity boys 4×100 relay team finished fourth in a highly competitive race, but their fully automated time of 46.1 bettered the school record. Team members are Kyle Lippmann, Sean Kruse and Jerel Hall.