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Whitman vs. Wootton Recap
By: Kevin Milsted

There was not much competition for Wootton's Grace Corbett in the 800. She won by over 10 seconds in about 2:24.

Whitman's Anna Ryba only had a pack of boys to run with in the 3200 and led all females with a winning time right around 11:32.

The most interesting race of the day came when Corbett and Ryba met in the 1600. Knowing Ryba as a strong cross country runner, Corbett let Ryba set the early pace. Ryba came through 800 meters in 2:50, a slow pace which apparently drove Coach Steve Hays crazy.

The pace would prove to be too slow for Ryba who was not creating any separation from Corbett. Corbett agreed the pace was slow and made a strong move with 500-meters to go. She closed her final 800-meters in about 2:31 to finish in 5:21. Ryba finished about four or five seconds back.

Corbett later said that she was still feeling tired from the Cougar Relays where she won the open mile. She also thought she probably should have paced the race more evenly.

Coach Hays says Ryba is not quite at racing speed yet because she did not run indoor track but that she is getting it back.

The boys mile would have been as impressive as the girls mile were it not for an unfortunate disqualification. Joshua Trzeciak and James Ertel pushed the pace and crossed the line in 4:42, but the two held hands as they crossed the line, not knowing it was an illegal action. Will Severynse crossed the line about ten seconds later for the default win. Trzeciak returned to win the 800 in 2:05.

Aside from victories in the 3200 by Nick Adams and Anna Ryba, and the 300-meter hurdles by Ehab Abutaleb, the track events belonged entirely to the Wootton boys and girls. Other notable performances came from Sylvia Deppen and Gwen Shaw who took first and second in both hurdle events, and Taariq Elliot who won the boys 100, 200, and 400.

Coach Redmond said that she is very pleased with where the team is at. The boys improved to 2-1 while the girls remain undefeated with a 3-0 divisional record and an invitational victory.


2011-04-05 20:34:13

Yeah Wootton! Also notable was Wootton's dominance in the throwing events.

2011-04-05 20:47:12


2011-04-05 21:22:52

Wootton girls looking strong after Cougar Relays... Looking forward to seeing more from them this season. Kudos!

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