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Girls track: temps rise, records fall

Senior Alyssa Detweiler soars to a new school record in the High Jump of 5’5”. Photo Credit: Gary Detweiler.

The Girls track team hosted six schools this past Saturday for the 26th annual Red Hawk Invitational.  The team finished a respectable 3rd place in the field of seven teams. While the weather has not been overly cooperative the first month of the season, athletes and spectators welcomed temperatures in the mid 60’s and sunshine this past Saturday. The warmer temperatures lit a fire under the lady Red Hawks as they took down three school records in a span of four hours. 

Senior Alyssa Detweiler got the meet started by surpassing the oldest school record on the books, a record Alyssa had shared with Ann Hallock (1991) establishing a new standard in the high jump with her first place effort of 5’5”. Alyssa also finished second in the discus with a new personal record (PR) of 90’6”. 

Sophomore Taylor Diemond vaults to a new school record of 11’0” in the pole vault.  Photo by Amy Diemond.

Sophomore Taylor Diemond bested her own school pole vault record by 5 inches with a 2nd place vault of 11’0”. 

Senior Emily Neiderheide (center) breaks a 14 year old school record in the 200 meter dash running 26.31. Photo by Karl Minnich.

A few hours later, senior sprint star Emily Neiderheide broke a 14-year-old school record held by Amy Veltkamp in the 200 meter dash.  Emily blazed to a new record time of 26.31 in winning the event. Emily also finished 4th in the 100 meter dash and ran a leg on the 3rd place 4 x 100 meter relay team with Emma Smith, Hannah Shears and Aubrie French. 

Aubrie also turned in a 5th place performance in the high jump. Sophomore Kaitlynn Brown finished 5th in the 3200 meter run; while Hannah Shears scored in the long jump with her 6th place effort of 15’0” and Makenzie Zimmer added points for the Red Hawks in the 300 meter hurdles with her 6th place finish in 54.56. 

Sophomore Annalise Elliott finished runner-up in the 800 meter run in 2:29.58. Annalise also competed late Friday night at the Shepherd Invitational elite 3200 running under the lights against a field of some of the State’s best distance runners. Annalise turned in a new outdoor PR of 11:47. 

Coach Justin Jones commented, “We finally got some friendly weather and both teams took full advantage. This is the first time in Cedar Springs history that three records were all broken at the same meet. Alyssa, Taylor and Emily all approach meet days with a rare level of confidence that comes naturally when you’ve put in the work before and during the season. These three and the rest of the team deserve a lot of credit for the way they embraced the opportunity to race against some local powerhouses at Red Hawk Stadium. (They have) lots to be proud of.” 

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