Seven BK athletes score provisional times at Houghton
Congratulations on completing your first meet. For some this was the first meet and first time running competitively, for others it marked the first race of what will be your final season as a high school athlete. In either case, if you're new to the team or one of our veteran core athletes, your performances at the December 11 meet are praiseworthy. We placed in the top 10 in many of our events, learned a lot about competitive track and field and had seven Bishop Kearney track athletes earn provisional section qualifying times at this meet.
This was Coach Jenna's first meet, too!
Before getting into the meet results, I'd like to thank the families who made the trek out to Houghton College. We had four families join us this week...thats the largest number, most parental support, we've had at any single track meet in the past three-years. This parental support motivates the athletes (and coaches) and has not gone unnoticed. We thank you!
Girls VarsityTop Performances
BK Girls Top Performances were recoded by Sophomore Zoe Ferraro and Freshman Alica Opett, both in the girls 600 meter run. Zoe ran 1:57.20 followed by Alicia at 2:00.42. Both Alicia and Zoe provisionally qualified for sectionals in this event. Zoe has been a three season runner for several years and remains on the path to sectional championship. Alicia, also a three season runner, has made the jump from modified to varsity this year.
In the varsity girls 55 meter hurdles, Sophomore Jyl Russotti is off to a good start in her second year of varsity competition with a time of 11.39 seconds, place 15th in overall competition and narrowly missing her PR of 11.31 seconds.
In the 55 meter sprint, Sophomore Myah Gonzalez crossed the line first for BK with at time of 8.79 seconds.This is Myahs first track meet and first time running this event in competition.
Freshman Sam Dickson ran to a 52.15 seconds finish in the 300 meter run, narrowly passing Alicia Opett who finished at 52.49 seconds. This was the first varsity track meet for both girls.
The girls 4x200 team A (Zoe, Jyl, Sam, Alicia) ran to a 2:12.31 finish, and team B (Myah, Awal, Jackie, Carleigh) finished in 2:22.89.
Girls ModifiedLilliana Hanning and Maggie Martin are returning track veterans this year with the remaining nine modified level athletes as first-time track runners.
Caroline Hubble. Caroline joins the track team with a lot of soccer experience. She worked hard to refine her run form. That hard work is starting to pay off! Caroline finished second overall in the girls modified 300 meter with a time of 55.20 seconds. But thats not all. Caroline got her arms moving and ran to a sixth place finish in the 55 meter race with a time 8.94 seconds.
Jenna Bottcher. Jenna comes to the track team with a significant running history. Jenna is off to a great start this track season with a time of 4:01.60 in the 1000 meter run to finish fourth. In the 600 meter run, Jenna ran to a seventh place finish with at time of 2:14.55.
What makes Caroline and Jenna our modified team top performers? Both girls ran times that are within seconds of sectional qualifying times at the varsity level in all their races!
In the modified 55 meter hurdles, Lilliana Hanning finished fourth with a time of 13.56 seconds.
Maggie Martin represents BK in the shot put. Maggie has earned championship results in the shot during her last outdoor season and continues to progress this year. At this meet Maggie placed 3rd with a shot of 15 feet 11.5 inches.
Boys VarsityTop Performers
Our veteran runner and team co-captain, Sean Carroll earns a Top Performance in this meet for running the 1000 meter race 9th place finish with a provisional sectional qualifying time of 3:01.73, narrowly missing his PR time of 2:56.95.
Another veteran runner and team co-captain, Ricky Russott finished tenth overall and provisionally qualified for sectionals in the shot put with a throw of 36 feet 1.25 inches.
Scott Boyce and Mike O'Hare earned Top Performance at this meet for their work in the 55 meter race. Scott, a returning Sophomore, and Mike, who is joining the team as a Senior, both ran to provisional sectional qualifying times in this event. Scott ran 7.57 second. Mike ran 7.63 seconds.
In the boys 600 meter run it was Matthew Giaccovelli leading the BK team with a time of 1:46.36. While Senior Judah Netipski ran a solid race, beating back challengers in his heat twice, to finish at 1:47.67.
Also in the boys 1000 meter run, Ian Sikora ran a very tactical race to a solid early-season time of 3:12.50. Ian Pawluckie finished 15th overall in the 55 meter hurdles with at time of 10.46.
Boys ModifiedTop Performers
Jahlique Johnson finished first in two races! Jahlique won the 55 meter sprint with a time of 7.51 second and won the 300 meter run with a time of 45.58 seconds.
Other runners in the 55 meter sprint included Matthew Tierney, Nick Chovaciec, and Gavin Silva, who all placed in the top 10.
In the boys modified 600 meter run, Ryan Lewis ran to a 2:06.82 time to finish 4th overall.
Boys modified shot putter, Gavin Silva threw to a 5th place finish with a distance of 19 feet 1 inch in his first track competition.