Track and Field team hopes to finish season off strong


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Senior Sara Mengel clears the high jump bar to win her event during a meet against Hopewell, Cornell, OLSH and Winchester on April 21.

The track and field team went into April with high hopes because it’s the month with the most meets. As the end of the season is slowly approaching, the team has set numerous personal records, as well as team records. So far this season, the team has not been affected by COVID-19, as it was a big worry since the past two seasons have been affected by it. This year, the team gained new coaches to help learn some new techniques for winning. 

On April 1, the team had a home meet, where they took on Rochester, Beaver Falls and North Catholic. Freshman Dekota Roberts took second in the long jump. The team then got back to practice in order to prepare for their upcoming meet and invitational. 

“As the next few important meets come up, I am feeling nervous like everyone must feel, but I’m trying to keep my confidence up. I will be trying to practice the things I need to practice as much as I can,” freshman Riley Tokar said. 

On April 6, the team traveled to New Brighton to take on New Brighton, Winchester and Sto-Rox. Many Freedom athletes came out on top. The girls team beat New Brighton bya total score of 87-46. They also beat Sto-Rox 110-12. They fell to Winchester by a close score of 65-75. The boys team beat Sto-Rox bya score of 87-23. The teams got together to practice before they headed to the Beaver County Championship Invitational. 

On April 9, the team headed to the Beaver County Invitational. At this meet, many schools from around the county come and compete. This was a successful meet for the Freedom Bulldogs, and they saw many members on the podium. 

As the end of the season approaches, the team got in one last meet at home before they headed to the WPIALs. 

On April 21, the Bulldogs hosted their home meet. They went up against Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH), Winchester, Hopewell and Cornell. They had many hopes since this meet determined if they made it to the playoffs. This ended up being a successful meet for the Bulldogs. Many personal records were hit, such as senior Joshua Pail hitting his own personal record on pole vault. He cleared the event at 12 feet. The girls team beat OLSH and Cornell, but fell short to Hopewell. This brought their section record to 4-2. The boys also beat OLSH and Cornell, but fell against Hopewell, bringing their section record to 3-3. The teams will not advance to the playoffs, but there is still more to come. 

After a successful season in April, the Bulldogs will head to Slippery Rock University in May to take on the individual WPIALs. The team hopes to end the season off on a good note. Either way, the team worked hard this season and pushed through all of their struggles with the weather conditions and rescheduling due to the weather.