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Written By Ink Free News / Sports on Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Wawasee’s Dylan Konieczny clears a hurdle during the 100 meter hurdles event against West Noble Tuesday afternoon at Warrior Field. Konieczny was victorious in three separate events at the meet. Photo by Mike Deak.


West Noble Boys 100, Wawasee 23

Wawasee’s running Warriors took to their home oval Tuesday night, but the night didn’t prove to be very successful for the green and gold. West Noble made the trip to Wawasee and took home a resounding non-conference victory.

The home team found only a few victories, led by Ben Haines in the 800, who finished in 2:11.43, less than two seconds quicker than his Charger foe. Mason Shoemaker also nipped the competition in the 100 hurdles, finishing .62 seconds ahead of West Noble’s Nathan Shaw.

Those proved to be the only two victories that fell on the Wawasee side of the evening’s ledger. Haines also managed a second place finish in the 1600, as did the 4×100 and 4×400 relay units. In field events, Wyatt Slusher managed second place finishes in both the shot put and discus.

On the JV circuit, Warrior winners included Landon Sanders in the 100 and Trey Rollins in the 400.

“Our throwers had an OK day,” said Wawasee skipper Frank Pizona. “Distance was the same and field events went as planned. We need to remain focused in our personal goals. We will get there by conference.”

Wawasee drops to 0-3 on the season with their next contest coming after spring break on April 15.

West Noble Girls 78, Wawasee 52

The Warrior ladies came a little closer to their guests on the ladies’ side of the scoresheet. Wawasee found winners in six events. Kaydence Shepherd broke the tape in the 100 in 14.77. Dylan Konieczny took home three top finishes, two on the track and one in the field. She won both the 100 and 300 hurdles events in 18.09 and 52.70, respectively. She also topped all competition in the high jump, clearing 5’0″ to claim victory.

Wawasee also took home top honors in two other field events, with Alissa Gill winning the long jump with a mark of 15-0, while teammate Emma Yoder hurled the discus 111-4 to beat the field.

“The girls had a really good night,” said Warrior head coach Jose Lopez. “(There were) some personal records for some of the kids. I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do later in the season.”

The ladies are scheduled to open their conference schedule at Concord on April 14.

Warsaw Girls 95, Homestead 37

Warsaw’s Lady Tiger track and field team competed in their first home track meet of the 2021 season, going against the Lady Spartans of Homestead in a dual format. 

The Lady Tigers pieced together impressive results in the meet, including 12 event wins throughout the meet that lead to a final score of 95 – 37. 

The list of impressive performances included the 4×800 meter relay, comprised of  Beckham, Silvieus, Barnett, and Lusinde with a winning time of 10:01.60. Also, it was a clean sweep in the 100 meter hurdle event with Marin Hart winning with a time of 16.23, followed by Brooklyn Fitzgerald in second with a time of 18.06, and Sarah Kratzsch rounding out the top three with a time of 18.65.

The 1600 meter run was as competitive as they come, but was another clean sweep for the Lady Tigers. Josefina Rastrelli took first place in 5:26.71. Elizabeth Vander Bie battled Ava Knight for second overall in 5:27.70, and Knight finished in 5:27.71. 

One of the top performances of the night came in the 200 meter dash from Emerson Jenkins. She came across the finish line for the event win with a time of 28.69. Lily Boston sprinted her way to a third place finish and posted a 28.91.

In the Long Jump Competition, it was yet another clean sweep for the Lady Tigers. Erika Bugg soared to an event win with a 15-10.75. Kendra Love jumped 15-06.00, and Kiana Rager jumped 15-03.00.

Abby Sanner, a familiar name across Warsaw Athletics, put on a dominant performance within the throwing events. She came away with event wins in both the Shot Put (34-04.00) and Discus (102-02). 

The Warsaw Lady Tigers will be back on the track at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14 at Northridge High School in a double dual meet vs. Northridge and Goshen high schools.

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