(April 9th, 2015) – EDON: It was the Lady Panthers who came away with the victory after making the trip to Edon in order to take on the hosting Bombers, as well as fellow visitor Fayette. Stryker pulled together as a unit, amassing 84 points in the win. Edon took second place with 68, and a low number of competitors limited the Lady Eagles to just 9 points.
The jumping events gave Stryker the early edge. Brittany Breier took home first place honors in the long jump, leaping 13’2” to win the event. Paige Schaffter finished in second place on Edon’s behalf, jumping 12’8”. Stryker’s Jaden Shy received third place with a jump of 12’3”. Kinzi Powers was awarded fourth place at 6’8”. Edon’s Sarah Lemmon finished in first at the high jump, clearing 4’4”. Kira Pettit gave the Lady Panthers second place, however, at 4’2”.
Audra Rupp won the shot put, throwing for 28’8” for Stryker. Fayette’s Michaela Bates nearly overtook her, tossing the shot put 28’2”. Bates would win the discus, however, with a throw of 102’10”. Edon senior Autumn Joice came in second place at 80’4”.
Gabrielle Paxton took both hurdling events for the Panthers. She finished the 110 meter high hurdles in 18.17, and the 300 meter hurdles in 55.8. Edon freshman Katie Ewers was right behind the defending Buckeye Border Conference hurdling champion in both instances, running a 19.2 in the 110 meter, and a 58 flat in the 300 meter.
Edon claimed both the one and two mile races, thanks to the Sonneberger sisters. Kaitlyn won the mile with a time of 6:11, while Karissa finished in second at 6:20. Stryker girls Shi’anna Whitman and Megan Graber took third and fourth places at 6:37 and 6:43, respectively. In the two mile, it was Karissa who came out on top, running a 13:55. Kaitlyn brought second place to the Lady Bombers at 14:31. Stryker again took third place, as Graber finished the race at 15:28. Liz Maginn, of Fayette, earned a fourth place finish at 16:16.
Paige Speelman assumed first place in both the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes, running a 13.2 in the former and 29 flat in the latter. Teammate Breier took second in the 100 meter at 13.9, while Edon’s Schaffter was third with a time of 15.1. In the 200 meter, Ewers finished in second for Edon, running a 32 flat. Shy completed the race just a literal millisecond behind behind her at 32.1, giving Stryker third place in the event.
While Edon earned its fair share of first place finishers, it was the fact that Stryker placed in every event, often multiple times, that made the difference in the meet. Unfortunately, with only three girls comprising their team, Fayette was unable to factor into the decision.