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2018-06-07 / Sports

Donner blitzes Division II shot, discus at sectionals

Iroquois girls track
by JASON NADOLINSKI
Reporter


Iroquois’ Leah Streety surges towards the finish line during the second heat of the Division II 400-meter dash during Friday’s portion of the annual Section VI Track and Field Championships at Niagara Falls High School. Streety ultimately placed fourth in the event with her time of 60.83 seconds in Saturday’s championship race. 
Photo by Jason NadolinskiPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Iroquois’ Leah Streety surges towards the finish line during the second heat of the Division II 400-meter dash during Friday’s portion of the annual Section VI Track and Field Championships at Niagara Falls High School. Streety ultimately placed fourth in the event with her time of 60.83 seconds in Saturday’s championship race. Photo by Jason NadolinskiPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Iroquois girls track and field throwing ace Rachel Donner continued her undefeated season in the throwing events at this past weekend’s annual Section VI Championships, winning the Division II shot put by seven feet and the discus by nearly 20 feet to earn her spot on the bus for this weekend’s state championships.

Donner, who won the state shot put title during the indoor season, claimed the outdoor sectional shot title with a heave of 43-feet-10½. Her best discus toss, meanwhile, went 131-4.

“I just think she’s been driven to succeed in the throws since her sophomore year, when she placed pretty well at the Eddy meet,” girls head coach Tom Wood said. “She just absolutely puts forth a great effort on the field and in the classroom. And she cheers on every one of her teammates when she’s done with her events.

“Dartmouth is getting a great one for sure next year.”

Joining Donner at states will be Kathryn Blair, who hit the state qualifying standard for the 800-meter race. Donner, who broke the school record for the event the week prior at ECICs, placed third at sectionals with her time of 2 minutes, 18.23 seconds. Blair also led off the 4x400 relay, which included Laina Caparaso, Logan Streety and Leah Streety, that qualified for states with their school-record second-place time of 4:01.05.

Caparaso and Logan Streety were also joined by Megan Axelson and Delphine Brodowski in placing third in the 4x100 relay in a school-record time of 49.94 seconds, becoming the first foursome to break the 50-second barrier in the event. Leah Streety, meanwhile, closed out her busy weekend by finishing fourth (60.83) in the 400 dash, while Brodowski also took 12th (14-¾) in the long jump.

Julia Peinkofer was also busy over the course of the weekend, placing fourth in the long jump (16-¼) just a week after setting the school record at ECICs, while also finishing sixth in both the 100 hurdles (16.08) and triple jump (33-10). Tahlia Kosek closed out the Lady Chiefs’ efforts by placing 10th in the pentathlon with 1,914 points.

“I think with the competition we’ve faced this season, those who have qualified for states this weekend at Cicero-North Syracuse will be ready to do well,” Wood said. “We’ll work on fine tuning some things ahead of states, but also make sure we get good amounts of rest too. We just want the girls to have fresh legs so they can go for medal placement and records at states.”

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