Girls Track Season Extends One More Week

Drayer Leads Lady Wolverines to State Meet in Columbus


Abbie Drayer Vaults to State

The West Geauga lady Wolverine track team has had a great season so far this year. To start with, there are new faces on the team and more members than in previous years. The roster has topped out at 33 females on the team. That’s a wonderful turnout. In that group are only 3 seniors who include Sydney Gembka, Christina Formichelli, and Bethany Heffron.

The team practices 5 days per week right after school (unless there is a meet) for 1.5 hrs. Practice includes of various workouts, including running, lifting weights, and yoga-type activities in the wrestling room when going outside is not an option.

The team has three coaches who do different things. In addition to veteran coach, Mr. John Boylan, who works long distance and with the boys, the ladies are chiefly coached by Mr. Jason Witherite, who does shot put and discus, and Mr. Mike Taurasi who works with the running.

One of the meet was the CVC championships. Roughly 15 girls went to CVC and the ladies finished 7th as a team. Individually, the 4x800m relay team of  Barker/Formichelli/Petersen and Erhbar place 3rd with a time of 10:52. In addition the 4x400m relay team of White/Erhbar/Estebanez and Formichelli came in 5th with a time of 4:21.

At the district meet, West Geauga placed 10th as a team and saw Laila White place 3rd in the 100m run, the 4×800 relay team come in 4th and Abbie Drayer became the district pole vault champ with a vault of 9’6”. On to Regionals !!

The regional meet saw Drayer vault an impressive 10’ to win the meet. She will represent West Geauga at the state track meet this upcoming weekend. Laila placed a respectable 8th in the 400m finals, also. Great job, ladies.

Coach Taurasi said, “Track & Field this year was surprisingly much more successful than we first thought it would be and are looking forward to a talented young core of athletes returning next year.”