CHARLESTON – Seneca entered the Class 1A State Track and Field championships with high expectations and after a long, hot day in the sun, the Lady Irish finished sixth with 31 points. It was the best state finish in school history with the most points scored.
The Lady Irish were led by the talented Brooklyn Giertz, who medaled in four events.
Giertz tied for sixth in the pole vault (10-11), was fifth in the 100 hurdles (15.46) and the 300 hurdles (47.88) and ran the third leg of the fourth place 4x100 relay (51.12) that also included Caitlyn O’Boyle, Emma Smith and Anna Bruno. It was the first time in school history that Seneca medaled in the 4x100.
“I’m going to miss all of this,” said Giertz, who also was an outstanding basketball and volleyball player for the Lady Irish. “I’m so sad it’s all over, and it bums me out they didn’t have a podium to present the medals this year. Our team did very well today, and I’m so happy and appreciative for my teammates and coaches. I want to thank all my coaches for always pushing me to become the best athlete and person I could be.”
Bruno also finished seventh in the long jump (17-2 1/2) to give the Lady Irish three team points, and freshman Teagan Johnson tied for sixth in the pole vault (10-11)
“We all feel good about the relay,” Bruno said. “In the long jump, it was my best overall day all season, and it was a great experience to be here.”
Seneca coach Terry Maxwell was happy with his team’s performance.
“We had some very good performances today and so many seasonal bests, and this is where you want that to happen,” Maxwell said. “We are a very young team and the experience they received today will really help in the future. However, we will really miss Brooklyn [Giertz]. She is a one-of-a-kind athlete and has a team-first attitude. She has always done anything ever asked of her to help the team, and she can do just about every event out here.
Wilmington’s Alyssa Ohlund placed third in the high jump (5-3) and was all smiles after her event.
“I’m so excited,” said Ohlund, a senior. “I’ve missed the big blue track, but it’s great to be back and finally place and win a state medal. I was nervous to start, but then I relaxed, and to jump a personal best at the state meet is all I could ask for.”
Sophomore Chloe Proffitt placed third in the 1,600 meters (5:24.79).
“I’m very happy with my race today because there was competition to face, and it felt really nice to race hard,” Proffitt said. “After getting hurt during cross country, I raced pretty well this track season, and to medal at the state meet is great.”
Junior Kate McCann placed ninth in the long jump (17-0) to secure another state medal for the Wildcats. McCann also placed 15th in the 100 meters with a season best 12.94.
“Missing last year as a sophomore was stressful, but we were here today, and I did my best,” McCann said. “I believe my long jump could have been better, but I ran a best in the 100 and now just get ready for next year.”
The Wildcats finished 19th in the team standings.