Girls relay earns District 11 medal
The goal for many athletes competing at last week’s district track and field meet was to advance to states the following week.
A number of Northwestern athletes nearly qualified for that level. Unfortunately, the Tigers came up just short of the trip to Shippensburg. Their closest qualifier came in the 4x800 relay event where the foursome of Tigers medaled and placed fourth on Day 1 of the District 11 Class 3A Track and Field Championships last Wednesday at Whitehall High School.
The foursome of Madeline Consuelos, Allison Costa, Molly Tarvin and Alyssa Zack ran a 9:52.93 in the event, placing behind Stroudsburg (9:46.02), Easton (9:49.67) and Emmaus (9:50.12). The group tied its personal best in the event.
“We were really hoping to medal,” said Zack, who anchored the race. “States would have been ideal, but the first two seeds were a lot further from us. We were seeded fifth and we ended up coming in fourth. It was really a great feeling and we tied our PR.”
The top two finishers in each event advanced to states from Class 3A, along with the state qualifying time or mark as well. The automatic state qualifying time for the event was set at 9:35.48.
The weather was also a big factor on Day 1, with downpours of rain during the relay event.
“It was not great weather conditions,” Zack said. “It seems like the times overall were really slow, so for us to tie our PR, I thought we all ran pretty well.
“Our coaches said anything can happen, and going in we need to aim as high as possible and hopefully achieve that. But it was really great to come away with a medal.”
Zack, a junior, was also one of six Tigers to place in the top 10 of an individual event. She ran the 800-meter run in 2:25.83 for an eighth-place finish and a new personal best.
“I was pretty happy,” Zack said. “I was seeded 11th and I knew it was a very fast heat. I was just looking to PR. The race was definitely very competitive. There were a lot of elbows being thrown. We were all looking to establish our position on the inside. I didn’t have a great start, but I wanted to made sure I finished strong.”
Another member of that relay team, Consuelos, also placed high in her individual event. She placed eighth, running the 1600-meter run in 5:23.05.
Other top Tiger finishers were: John McArdle (ninth in pole vault), Sarah Supplee (10th in 300-meter hurdles), Hunter Miller (10th in javelin) and Costa (10th in 800-meter run).
“We came to put ourselves on the map as a small school,” Zack said. “It was really cool to come here with the big schools and show them what we are made of out here. It was cool and I’m happy we could do that for the coaches.”