Girls relay earns gold at CL Championships
The Northwestern girls’ 4x800 relay team knows how much distance they separated themselves from the rest of the Colonial League with its seed time throughout the regular season.
During Day 1 of last week’s Colonial League Track and Field Championships at Whitehall High School, the Lady Tigers proved how superior of a group they are. Northwestern’s foursome of Madeline Consuelos, Allison Costa, Sarah Supplee and Alyssa Zack placed first in the 4x800 relay event in a time of 9:42.55, over 16 seconds faster than second-place finisher Saucon Valley.
“We were seeded a lot faster than the second-place team, so going into it we were hoping for first place,” Zack said. “I think definitely for today we were looking for time. We were really trying to shoot for the state-qualifying time, so we set a personal record today and that was good.”
The group also is hoping such a strong finish propels them to another gold medal at districts and into states at Shippensburg University. But the Lady Tigers’ unit will have to deal with a number of East Penn Conference (EPC) relay teams they have no experience against, unlike their Colonial League foes.
“I definitely think it’s a confidence booster seeing how far ahead we are in the league,” Consuelos said. “But it’s also intimidating to watch the EPC teams because they are so good, and we never run against them so we don’t know what that competition feels like.”
All four of those runners also ran in the 800-meter finals, with Zack earning fourth place and a medal in a time of 2:27.05. Supplee came in fifth with a time of 2:28.48; Costa took ninth in 2:32.35; and Consuelos placed 12th with a finish of 2:34.66.
Consuelos and Costa placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 1600-meter run. Zack took sixth in the 3200-meter run in 12:29.25, and Supplee placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in 50.18 seconds.
“I think one big difference this season is the total wellness that we really emphasize,” Supplee said. “We get together and we pray before each race. We work on encouraging each other.”
The other girls’ relay teams also earned medals over the two-day event. Both the 4x100 (53.39 seconds) and 4x400 (4:18.13) relays placed fourth. Other top-five Northwestern finishers included Sydney Derr (third in pole vault) and Caroline Fogal (fourth in triple jump).
On the boys’ side, the 4x400 relay team placed fifth in 3:37.80. Devin Thomas and Justin Rodda placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the high jump, as the Tiger’s top finishers.