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Liberty ladies look sharp

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Seminole Track championship roundup

By Mike Forster

While no team trophies were brought back to the county, there were plenty of individuals who toted back medals.

E.C. Glass swept past host Heritage in taking both the boys and girls Seminole titles.

Boys

1.  E.C. Glass           154.5

2.  Heritage           128.5

3.  Brookville  58

4.  Rustburg  52

5.  Jefferson Forest  28

6.  Amherst  26

7.  Liberty  17

 

Girls

1.  E.C. Glass 175

2.  Heritage  81

3.  Rustburg  76

4.  Liberty  51

5.  Amherst  50

6.  Brookville  22

7.  Jefferson Forest    1

The Liberty lasses flexed their muscles primarily in the middle- and long-distance events.

Perhaps the biggest win of the day came when Kennedy Flynn took top honors in the 3,200.

The flying freshman opened up a big lead at the start, fended off a challenge from Brookville’s Kaitlyn Brown in the middle stages and kicked out to an eight-second win at 12:31.

Her win avenged an earlier third-place finish to Brown in the 1600.

“I’ve run a lot of races with (Brown),” said Flynn.  “It’s usually back-and-forth.”

The fact that she was Seminole champ hadn’t seemed to sink in shortly after the 3200 was over.  “I’m so excited,” she said.  “I never thought I’d win.”

The 4 X 800 team was not as surprised by its victory.  “We thought we would probably win,” said Ginna Shea, after the squad cruised home with a time of 10:45.  “We’re seeded number one in the Region.”

Shea joined up with Maran Catalano, Laura Garbarini and Mariel Messier to beat Rustburg by seven seconds.

“Look out for us at States,” Shea counseled.

Come springtime, we might witness a throw-down between Liberty ladies coach Sherry Weiss and Jeff Steele, the Liberty soccer coach.

That’s because the crew that won the 4 X 800 relay on Saturday is a swift bunch.  All four are also soccer players.

So, is it possible that Weiss will be trying to lure them back to the track, while Steele tries to entice them to the soccer pitch?

No.  They’ll be playing soccer for the Minettes.  Still, “Coach Steele is proud of us,” noted Shea.

Liberty Coach Ben Weiss seemed pleased with the team’s performance.  “We scored every point we counted on and a couple we didn’t expect,” he noted.

Good examples of unexpected points included Logan Byers, who finished sixth in the long jump despite an eighth seeding, and Megan Biesser, who came in fifth in the 300, despite being seeded eighth.

On the guys’ side, a smallish team from Jefferson Forest posted some impressive performances.

Nathan Booth and Ken Ritchey each went 12’ 6” in nabbing second and third, respectively, in the pole vault.

Tres Langhorne, Ben Wilson, Jeff Kadak and Justin Resendes put together a nice team effort in nabbing second place in the 4 X 800 relay, clocking in at 8:50.

Kadak also took third in the 500, an event in which Langhorne also shines.

Resendes wasn’t at his physical best, but he should be available for some middle distance dynamics when the Regional meet takes place this weekend at Liberty University.