First meet of winter season is a success for Pioneer competitors.
On Saturday afternoon, the Pioneers traveled to the incredible SPIRE Institute facility in Geneva, Ohio to take place in the Holiday Classic track meet.
Over a dozen athletes competed in the first of six meets on the schedule for the Pioneers this winter season. The meet got off to a fantastic start with two PRs in the shot put from Maya Baumann '23 and Allison Rozak '23. Baumann also took third place in the long jump.
The 4x200m relay squad of Jordanne Nichols '23, Jada Kenner '24, Lea Carino '24 and Mia Maze-Ingram '25 posted a solid 1:49 to take 2nd place overall and qualify for the New Balance Indoor Nationals at the historic Track Armory in New York City. Nichols and Kenner teamed up at the top of the relay to get the team out in front. Carino ran a strong third leg to keep the squad in position and freshman standout Maze-Ingram brought things home for the Pioneers.
The future of the boys sprint program was on display in the 400m, 200m, 60m dash and the 60m high hurdles. Freshmen Travis Archer, Luke Harrington and Elias Vail all posted solid times in their first ever track meet. In the 400m, Vail took third overall with a solid time of 54.3 - less than one tenth of a second away from qualifying for the Elite 9th Grade 400m at the Indoor Nationals in March. A truly incredible opening for Vail!
New 10th grader Jada Kenner made her presence known this afternoon at the Spire facility. Kenner dazzled the crowd with her first place performances in the 60m and 200m. Kenner posted a personal best in the 60m with a remarkable time of 7.88 seconds in the finals. Kenner then came back to win the 200m at the end of the meet, showing tremendous guts and determination in the final 15 meter stretch to beat a talented athlete at the line.
Junior standout Jordanne Nichols took home the bronze in finals of the 60m, which was after Nichols' strong leadoff leg on the 4x200m. Sophia Shaheen '22 made the finals in the 60m, a tremendous accomplishment, and also posted a PR in the 200m. Elba Heddesheimer '23 took third in the 1600m, while on the boys' side Jack Colafella '23 and Carter Fleming '24 also posted solid 1600m times.
Next up for the Pioneers will be a meet at Youngstown State University on Jan. 15, 2022.