Girls track: Hebron runs the streak to six at Washington Twp.
VALPARAISO —Hebron continued its dominance at the Washington Township Relays, capturing the girls program’s sixth straight victory at the event on Saturday.
“Everybody pitched in and stepped up,” Hebron coach Rhonda Walker said. “We had six kids go down with injuries on Thursday so everyone had to do something different and be unselfish.”
Hebron’s victory came with a team score of 88, narrowly placing the Hawks ahead of second-place Morgan Township (82) and River Forest (76).
Two performances, in particular, were praised by Walker after the meet. Junior Charity Gonzalez first competed in the pole vault, taking part in the first-place finish. She concluded her day with three consecutive races: the 400-meter relay, the distance medley relay, and the 1,600-meter relay, finishing second, first and first, respectively. Senior Emily DeFries was part of first-place units in the 3,200-meter relay and the shuttle hurdles.
“I’d never done that before,” she said of the hurdles. DeFries, who is hypoglycemic, said she was under orders from doctors to only compete in one long distance event, which is why she competed in hurdles. “It was fun to do something different … better than a lot of laps.”
Added Walker: “This is a day where everyone gets a chance to shine. It’s a team event; you do things that you normally don’t get to do.”
Morgan Township’s second-place performance was aided by a stellar day for senior Trina Coleman. She teamed with freshman Kylee Maxwell to win the high jump, with their combined mark of 10 feet falling one inch shy of the meet record. Coleman then paired with Courtney Maxwell—Kylee’s sister—to win the long jump. She was also part of victorious quartets in the 400-meter relay and 800-meter relay.
“I just felt good today,” said Coleman. “I hadn’t done the long jump since my freshman year. (Courtney) carried me through that one.”