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Hopewell Track and Field Celebrates Their Seniors with Big Personal Performances!



Hopewell Track and Field recognized the Class of 2024 before their only home meet of the season Monday afternoon. Both the boys and girls team closed out undefeated section seasons and clinched section titles.

The Hopewell girls have won every section meet and title since 2017- a 7-year streak and the boys have won the section 6 of the last 7 seasons. The fine weather and familiar surrounds of home brought out a lot of personal best performances.

Senior thrower Sarah Casey had a MASSIVE improvement in the shot put, adding nearly two and half feet to her previous best, and breaking the 30′ barrier for the first time with 30’0″ throw that won the event.

Senior Christy Sundy had her best javelin throw ever, with a 74’3″ throw that finished second only to her teammate Marlee Page.

Senior Ethan Pletcher won the discus with his lifetime best of 106’7″. He also putted the host his second-best distance of 41’0″.

Senior Jack McGrail took second against New Brighton and third overall with a PR in the 1600m of 5:05, finishing just behind teammate Antony Flitcraft, who also ran a personal record time of 5:02.

Senior Kira Shakespeare won the 100m hurdles with her best time of 17.21. She also placed in the long, triple jump, and high jump.

Senior Matthias Goth won the 300m hurdles with a PR of 44.28.

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Senior Tyler Lewis got his mojo back over the 110 hurdles with his best time of the season of 16.03.

Senior Colton Litfin also threw a personal record with the discus – 94’2″, throw that took 3rd overall.

Senior Vicki Dong ran her second fastest 1600m ever with a 6:33 time. She and fellow senior Avery Elias also helped their 4x800m relay team to a win with their fastest time of the season in 12:27.

Senior Nico Flitcraft ran his fastest 400m of the season in 57.70 seconds, and also joined seniors Trevor Neal, Ean Maxwell, and Zach Landry to win the 4x800m relay.

There were some significant breakthroughs in the jumps. Sophomore Nick Adams broke 40′ in the triple jump for the first time, going 40’1″ for the second overall. Nick also jumped 19’2″, going over 19′ for the first time ever. Andy Gaguzis added nearly 2 feet to his triple jump as well, going 36’2. Freshman Avery Boyd just started triple jump last week, but had a hop, step, and jump go 33’8.5. Freshman Michael Biesenkamp PR’d in the high jump with a 5’2″ clearance.
Sophomore Vinny Boris continued his steady improvement throwing the javelin 124′, a 9-foot improvement over his throw from last Thursday.

There were also some dramatic improvements in the sprints and hurdles. The races were not time with a FAT (fully automated timing) so there is error involved, but the results were still very encouraging.

Emma Palmieri was timed at 25.80 seconds in the 200, showing she may be threatening the school record of 25.77 set by Lauryn Speicher just last year. Maya Richburg and Nevaeh Persi-Jones also ran their best 200m of the season with a 27.28 and 28.39, respectively. Sophomore Chris Shiel went 25.24, a huge jump from his FAT PR of 26.12. Reese Murray ran her best 300m hurdles race, coming in under 53 seconds for the first time with a 52.82 clocking. Madison Inderelst matched her best 800m time of the season with a 2:52.

The Vikings compete next in the MAC Championship meet at Shenango High School on Wednesday, and then will have a team playoff meet on April 30 at a site to be determined.
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