Photo by Kyle Terwillegan.
Senior Bryce Holesinger clears the high jump bar in the heptathlon.
Saturday, April 28, the Lewis men’s and women’s track teams finished their regular season meets at the 52nd annual GINA Relays in Hillsdale, Mich. The women’s team finished strong in third place with 45 points total, while the men finished in sixth with 25 points.
The Flyers competed against more than 1,000 athletes from division one, two and three schools. Together, the team picked up five provisional marks, heading into postseason.
From the women’s team, sophomore Allison Heinzer picked up two provisionals in the 100 and 200-meter dash, placing first in both events to increase the team’s overall score. Freshman Ashleigh Macleod also contributed with a second place finish in the 800-meter dash, which earned her a provisional. The last provisional was earned by the 4x100-meter relay team consisting of Heinzer, junior Cierra Pulliam and sophomores Charlyncia Stennis and Joelle Ataessien with their fourth place finish.
On the men’s team, senior Shabari Bailey earned a provisional after pulling out a third place finish in the 110-meter hurdles. Adding to their team score, senior pole vaulter Richie Castro earned a second place finish, and senior Bryce Holesinger claimed second place in the 200-meter dash. Among other Flyers who placed were junior Darryl McFadden, who earned fourth place in the 100-meter dash and senior Chris Reed who also placed fourth in the triple jump with an impressive distance of 11.90 meters.
The GINA Relays, along with last Tuesday’s Lewis Twilight Meet, helped the Flyers to to hone-in times needed for post-season success. While it may seem as though the events of the meets are very individualized, Holesinger explained just how important each event and athlete is to the entirety of the team’s success. “Competing in different events doesn’t make track less of a team sport,” said Holesinger. “Much like any other sport, we see it as a different position for every person, and in the end, it all adds up.”
Despite competeing indiviually, the team element is still present. “The drive to compete against yourself is always there, but in practice and on the track, the teammates that have put the same sweat and hard-work in are pushing you to be even better than you expect of yourself,” said Holesinger. “The team behind you motivates you, and in the end, the more we are there for each other ,the larger the impact the team makes as a joined effort.”
The Flyers hosted the GLVC Outdoor Championships, an event that started May 3 and continued through May 5. “We all have a chip on our shoulder after indoor, and many of us are on the fence for nationals,” said Holesinger. “Individually, we are laying it all on the track, especially us seniors.”
Holesinger enjoys seeing his team hungry and working hard to strive for indiviual and team success. The team looks forward to having indiviual athletes compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Charlotte, N.C., at the end of May.