Seton Track Team Kicks Their Season Off to a Great Start
By Kaylie Brown
On Tuesday, April 1, the Seton Track and Field Team competed in their first meet, which was the 3rd Annual Elder Skyline Relays meet held at the Panther Athletic Complex. The competition consisted of Oak Hills, Mercy, Mason, Ursula, and Summit. Out of all of these teams, Seton brought home a second place finish closely behind Mason, who was the number one track team in the city last year. Although the team was hoping for the first place title, the team was still proud of everything they accomplished out on the track. Senior and four year track runner, Alissa Allison, said, “Second place was a really good start. We were all really strong and there is more room for improvement throughout the season.”
The race got off to a great start with a first place finish by the Seton 4×8 relay team, which included sophomore Stefanie Autenrieb, senior Kaylie Brown, senior Alissa Allison, and junior Molly Henderson. The race was looking close towards the end of the relay, and Seton was head to head with Mason on the very last lap when Henderson took the lead in the last 200 meters, leading Seton to victory.
The sprint medley consisting of seniors Jessica Frey and Samantha Goodwin, junior Kelsey Kurzhals, and junior Maria Torok also placed first. The girls in the sprint medley broke a school record by two seconds, going from the previous school record of 1:58 to the new record of 1:56. Senior Samantha Goodwin said, “Our relay was so thrilled to come in first for the sprint medley, but when we heard we beat the school record from 2009 ‘ by two seconds it was a total shock, especially for the first meet. Personally with it being my first meet it got me really excited for what the rest of the season has to bring.”
Seton finished the meet off with a first place finish in the 4×4 relay that consisted of sophomore Stefanie Autenrieb, seniors Alissa Allison and Kaylie Brown, and junior Maria Torok. The last lap of the 4×4 relay the race came to Torok running down Mason and taking a lead all the way into the finish.
The Seton track team will be competing next week on Wednesday, April 9, at Ross for Coaches Classic and the finals will be on Friday, April 11, at Winton Woods.