SHS girls’ winter track and field compete at Penn State

Track and Field News:

A number of girls competed at Penn State last weekend to compete at the prestigious Kevin Dare Invitational. With stiff contest form all over the state, the ladies did an excellent job with several athletes breaking into the school’s top-five list. Leading off the changes in the top-five list was Steph Cant with her career best sprint in the 200-meter dash. Her time matched well with the 63 competitors in the event and moved her into fourth place in the all-time Springfield list in that event.

Kayla Thomas made it back into the finals in the triple jump where she finished ninth in a large field and also tied for third for the Springfield top triple jumpers. The last time someone jumped this distance was Kim Dickerson in 1991.The 4x200 relay of Nicole D'Avella, Steph Cant, Morgan Murphy and Christina Smith also moved into the third position on the list and placed 10th overall, missing the state qualifying by a second.

Smith also ran the open 400 where she ran her best time of the season, missing her school record and qualifying for states by a small margin and finished ninth out of 66 runners. Nicole D'Avella also narrowly missed the finals in the 60 dash but completed well up in the competition of 67 sprinters. Newcomer Grace Galligan cut 25 seconds off her best 3000-meter time and moved up from 18th seed to ninth overall - quite an achievement for a freshman. The 4x400 of Shannon Duffy, Julie Marro, Steph Cant and Christina Smith completed in 13th place.


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