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St. T girls win close, too

From the Herald & Review
Whole story can be read here

For the third year in a row, the St. Teresa girls edged Central A&M to win the Macon County Meet. But Bulldogs coach Todd Vohland is never ceased to be amazed.

“I was surprised,” Vohland said of St. Teresa beating A&M by just 10 points (190 to 180). “I honestly didn’t think we had a chance in heck — (A&M is) so good in the field. So to beat them is exciting.”

St. Teresa got its typical performances out of its long distance runners, with Ellen Devereux winning the 800 (2:25.37), Rachel Devereux (5:33.55) and Megan Burgener (5:34.86) finishing first and second in the 1,600, Handley Ivy (11:48.12) and Rachel Devereux (11:49.24) doing the same in the 3,200 as well as relay wins in the 4×200 and 4×800.

“We’ve got some talent,” Vohland said. “There isn’t two ways about it. We’ve six girls that can run (the 3,200) under 12 minutes — there probably aren’t even 20 Class 1A runners in the state that can go under 12 minutes. So, that’s exciting.”

A&M, of course, dominated hurdles and throws. Madison Renfro (14.50) and Kaitlyn Corzine (15.75) went first and second in the 100 hurdles and Corzine (46.40) and Taylor Adcock (47.50) did likewise in 300. Janie Howse won the shot put (39-10.5) and discus (134) and Genny Rose Stringer was second in each event.

But the difference for the Bulldogs was junior sprinter Camila Dayson. After Adcock beat second-place Dayson in the 100, Dayson turned around and beat Adcock by .20 of a second in the 200 with a St. Teresa-record of 25.64.

And it only helped the Bulldogs that Jenna Layden had third-place finishes in 100 and 200.

“One of the big things is that our sprinters have come on,” Vohland said. “That’s been key to our success. In track, 78 percent of the points come from speed events or power events. So you have to be able to compete with that.”

Dayson also was first in the long jump, beating out A&M’s Paige Seitz by nearly two feet (16-03 to 14-07).

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