The boys' 4x800-meter relay team of Ryan Feehery, Tom Batcho, Steve Maylie and Dave Smith also brought home a bronze medal.

This was a large meet and lasted all day - a marathon day of competition for the Springfield athletes.

Although the meet awards medals to only four places, the finals bring back six competitors.

Winning a bronze medal for the girls was the distance medley relay team. Running her first 1200 leg was junior Sam Tajirian who ran the fastest split for Springfield in the last five years. Sophomore Maddie Poplawski sprinted the 400 leg followed by teammate Steph Miller with an 800. Junior Sam Gallagher finished with the 1600 leg. Hours later Gallagher returned and ran a tough 3200 meter run, moving from fifth to third place in the last 300 meters and winning her second medal of the meet.

Colleen Rutecki claimed sixth place in the long jump and was within inches of her own school record. She later teamed with junior Rebecca Hartrum in running the 200 legs of the sprint medley relay. Poplawski ran the 400 meter leg and Tajirian anchored with the 800 leg for a seventh place finish but gained a school record in the process.

Earlier in the meet Hartrum beat her own school record in the 300 meter sprint for a seventh place finish. The same group of girls ran the 4x400 meter (after being at Lehigh for eight hours) and also finished in sixth place. Right before that event, Gallagher and Steph Miller ran legs of the 4x 800 meter relay along with juniors Kelly Reid and Meredith Withelder for another seventh place finish.

The first relay of the day was the 4x200, which had Hartrum leading off followed by freshman Michelle Maylie and juniors Blessing Nduka and Shannon Murphy.

Individual runners saw their times improve but finished out of medal contention including senior Megan Bauer in the 800, juniors Brittany Blood and Amanda Bowden in the 55-meter hurdles and sprint respectively, sophomores Megan McKnight in the 55-meter sprint and Natalie Baker in the 800 and mile.

Maylie was the sole freshman for the girls and did very well in the open 300 and 400 meter sprints. Other runners already mentioned also competed in individual events for improved times.

Springfield was well represented in the field events led by Rutecki in the long and triple jumps. Shannon Kane and Sarah Kelly competed well in the shot put while MaryBeth Kellett continued to improve it the pole vault and long jump.

Juniors Withelder, Blood and Bowden all competed in the high jump with Blood also gaining more distance in the triple jump.

It was a long but profitable meet for the team and its hard work is showing benefits.

The girls continue their season on Jan. 5 at Kutztown. They also will compete the next morning at the smaller and friendlier meet held at Penncrest.

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