Indoor Track & Field Surges at Spire Meet
Joey Randazzo

Many athletes competed, placed, and qualified at this huge regional meet. 

On Saturday, December 10, the WRA Indoor Track & Field team got off to a great start in the 2022-2023 season at the incredible 300m track at Spire Academy in Geneva, OH. Twenty Pioneers arrived ready to perform. We had strong performances from newcomers and returning veterans. The meet got off to a fantastic start with 9th grade standout Makalya Riles clearing 4'10" in the high jump. Returning Sophomore Mia Maze-Ingram was right there with Riles at 4'10". Maze also took 4th in the triple jump. In the 60m dash, Riles posted a blazing 8.23 to take 10th overall (just missing the finals) and qualifying for the elite 9th grade 60m dash at the New Balance Balance Indoor Track and Field Nationals in Boston in early March 2023. Junior distance specialist Carter Fleming ran a huge indoor track PR in the 1600m, shaving a remarkable 18 seconds off of his time from the end of last season. Senior Justin Vaden also had a PR in the 800m. The same goes for Sophomore Addie LeVan. New sophomore Liv Taibon took 4th overall in the 800m and also ran in the 4x400. Junior sprinter Jada Kenner ran a blazing 26.04 200m to take 4th overall in a very fast race. At the end of the meet Kenner teamed up with Riles, Maze-Ingram, and Liv Taibon to take 2nd in the 4x400. Running the anchor leg, Kenner received the baton in 3rd place, over 30m behind the 2nd place runner. Kenner made up the big gap in grand fashion and pushed WRA to 2nd place overall. Sophomore newcomer Tavin Jones made a big statement at Spire, competing in a team-leading 4 events (60m, HJ, 200m and 4x400). Jones posted the fastest time in the 200m by a WRA athlete in several years. He also ran the fastest split on the 4x400, helping the WRA boys to a 2nd place finish in the relay to end the meet.