Blose earns gold in CL shot put
Molly Tarvin, Maddie Consuelos, Hannah Herzon and Alyssa Zack are all underclassmen. None of them ran on last year’s 3,200-meter relay team in the postseason.
The foursome, which came together this season to replace a group of four graduates from that relay, got its first crack at what it’s like to run in the postseason during last week’s Colonial League Championship Meet. Judging by the result, it was difficult to tell this was the group’s first postseason relay race.
They ran to silver medals in 9:51.48, second only to Southern Lehigh, to kick off a standout showing for Lady Tiger distance runners in the Colonial League Track and Field Championships. A number of those runners medaled in their individual events last week at Whitehall High School’s Zephyrs Sports Complex.
“Our team last year was amazing and they all graduated, so we were really underdogs,” Tarvin said. “It feels really good to keep up the tradition of winning some medals.
“Racing with them is great because even if we don’t have that great competition, we’re always pushing each other. You can never tell who is going to win. We’re all really close and really good friends.”
Three of those Lady Tigers, led by Tarvin, made a name for themselves in the two-mile race as well. Tarvin paced the way as she earned gold in 11:37.61, but Consuelos and Herzon finished right behind in second and third, respectively.
“I kind of tried to keep to keep it up front the entire time,” Tarvin said. “Each lap I had a goal. I stayed in front, and once the last 800 came, the last two laps, I’m just like, ‘I need to go. I really want to win this.’”
Consuelos, a freshman who was the recipient of three league medals, thrived in the 800-meter run as well. A late surge down the final straightaway helped her edge Southern Lehigh’s Sarah Yanega by .86 seconds to win gold.
“I had a pretty bad start I guess, and I was in the back for a little bit,” Consuelos said. “But then I passed that little group. I could feel them slowing down, so I started slowing down. And even though it was in the turn, I had to make a move or I would be stuck in the corner.”
Emily Renner (third in 400 dash and eighth in 200 dash), Tarvin (third in 1,600 run and sixth in 800 run), Consuelos (sixth in 3,200 run) paced a group of Northwestern runners that placed in the top 10 of nearly every running event.
But the field events produced nearly as much success as on the track. Vanessa Blose threw 33 feet, six and a half inches in the shot put to pick up a gold medal.
“I went through a rough week a couple of weeks ago and my throws weren’t going so well,” Blose said. “I just worked so hard this season, and I knew I had it in me.”
Hannah Gough came in third place in the discus event with a throw of 96 feet, three inches, just three feet shy of winner Katie Kohl of Notre Dame-Green Pond.
“The past couple of weeks have been a little rough for me, but I just had to think positive,” said Gough. “Mostly my release was really off. I wasn’t getting good marks. I peaked early in the season, and I just kind of fell down. I had to get myself back up.”
Blose added a sixth-place finish in the discus to her resume. Taylor Slack jumped 4-8 in the high jump for fifth place, and Josephine Steidinger cleared eight feet in the pole vault event to medal and place fourth.