The Fredericktown Middle School 4×800-meter relay team set a school record at the 2013 Junior High State Championships on Sunday at Dublin Scioto High School. From left, Lauren Davis, Molly Linhares, Olivia Bates and Fiona Roddy combined for a time of 11:09.3, good for second place in the state.
DUBLIN — The Fredericktown Middle School 4×800-meter relay team set a school record and finished in second place in the state at the 2013 Junior High State Championships, held Sunday at Dublin Scioto High School.
The relay team, consisting of Fiona Roddy, Olivia Bates, Molly Linhares and Lauren Davis, already held the school’s junior-high record, set earlier this season, but cut a full 17 seconds off their time at state for a new mark of 11:09.3.
Head coach Julia Geiger said the team had trained for this event in particular, and gaining a place on the podium was their overall goal.
“Obviously we would have loved to win, but there’s always next year,” said Geiger. “We had certain goals for each of the four girls, time wise, and each of them ran faster than what we had predicted, so the team definitely did what we came to do. I’m very proud of them.”
In all, 11 members of the team made the trip, and for the first time since the creation of the event eight years ago, the Freddies sent a whole girls team to the meet. Four girls competed in field events, including the shot put, discus throw and high jump. Eighth-grader Halle Campbell had the best field-event finish for the Freddies, earning a spot on the podium with a tie for eighth place overall in the high jump. Campbell was coached by Fredericktown High School record-holder and Mid-Buckeye Conference champion Carolyn Webster in the event.
“Carolyn came to the meet and really worked with Halle,” said Geiger. “Seeing all of Carolyn’s success this year has been inspiring to all the girls, but for Halle in particular, being a part of this meet and having a high school record-holder with her gives her a glimpse of all she will accomplish next year in high school.”
Leia Hoeflich led the Freddies in the throws, finishing in the top 15 for the second year in a row in the discus. Hoeflich was joined this year by teammates Jackie Hathaway and Elyse Swihart in the event, while she and Swihart also participated in the shot put.
Eighth-grader Taylor Evans was the team’s top sprinter, winning her heat in the 200-meter dash and placing 11th overall, and also placed 13th in the 100-meter dash. Evans came within .03 seconds of the school record in each race.
Davis and Elly Styers brought home medals for being in among the top four seventh-graders in their individual events, and Bates and Roddy also ran additional distance events. The 4×400-meter relay team of Davis, Linhares, Styers and Roddy also earned a spot on the podium, taking home seventh place overall.
The Freddie boys were represented by A.J. Clevenger, who ran in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
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