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Bulldogs girls track's youth shines ahead of PTC Meet

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: May 7, 2017 12:00 AM

After capturing the dual meet portion of the league championship, the Woodridge girls track and field squad showed off its young talent.

Woodridge had a host of athletes shine as the Lady Bulldogs competed at the annual Massillon Perry 9th and 10th Grade Invitational April 28.

"The team had a solid weekend at the Perry High," said longtime head coach Jeff Howard.

"A number of girls had breakout performances or season bests," he added.

Woodridge is hoping to repeat as champions at the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division Championships May 10 and 12 at Crestwood High.

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Prior to the league championship meet, Woodridge hosted the Woodridge Wrap Up May 6 and will run at the Stars of Track and Field May 8.

Lodi Cloverleaf is a threat the score well at the PTC Metro meet while Norton and Streetsboro have several talented athletes.

Youthful Woodridge capped an unbeaten PTC Metro dual meet campaign April 25 at home with a 67-61 win over Cloverleaf on the meets' final event the 1,600-meter relay.

In the action in Massillon there were plenty of strong efforts for Woodridge. Amherst Steele and Massillon GlenOak were among the strongest teams along with Perry.

Sophomores who shined at Perry were Cameron Miller, Jenna Kaiser, Sarah Frederick, and Julia Adams.

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Freshman standouts at the Perry meet were Libby Howard, Eleanor Sterling, Erin Eby, and Izzie Dolciato.

"In the field events, Cameron Miller had a lifetime best in the pole vault while Eleanor Sterling scored in the discus," said Howard.

Miller reached 8 feet, and 6 inches in the pole vault to place fifth overall. Her seed coming into the meet was at 6-6 feet.

"Erin Eby had a big day on the track while running well in the hurdles and 200-meter dash," said coach Howard.

Having a sensational meet was Libby Howard, who was the overall runner-up in two races.

With strong time of 5 minutes, 31.15 seconds, Howard placed second in the 1,600-meter race. Her time in the second-place 800-meter race was 2:33.19.

"Libby had a strong day in the distance races as she scored in all four of her events while Jenna Kaiser and Sarah Frederick grabbed points for the distance crew as well."

"Rosie Sterling, Izzie Dolciato, and Julia Adams all had strong performances as well," added Howard.

Howard is looking for his Lady Bulldog unit to repeat as league champions with an impressive mix of experience and youth.

Seniors with plenty of league championship experience for Woodridge include Natalie Fleming, Nicole Fleming, Katie Kearns, Clare Willett, and Gracey Radwany.

Howard also a deep cast of experienced juniors in Molly Howard, Nicole Seff, Adelle Tannous, Mari Baker, Sade Ward, Rachel Frierson, and Kiarra King.

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