Pioneer puts on strong showing at own All Comers girls track meet
Wind gusts continued to kick the high jump bar off its hinges at the Pioneer High School All Comers girls track meet Saturday.
So, Pioneer senior high jumper Dominique Corley, who had already cleared a first-place height (5 feet, 2 inches), called it a day. Well, for the time being. The high jump was one of five events Corley competed in Saturday. Her day was far from over.
“I would’ve liked to try higher heights, but since it’s windy I just stopped,” said Corley, whose career-best jump is 5’-5”. “I had other events to still do, so since I won, my coach was like, 'You'll just be done.'"
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Corley didn’t mind the extra rest.
Prior to the high jump, Corley leapt to second place in the long jump (16’-11-1/2”) -- winning was Lincoln High School’s Megan Marchildron (17’-1/2”) -- and clocked in a third-place time (16.44 seconds) in the 100 meter hurdles.
Adding another first-place finish for Lincoln was Summer Walker in the shot put (34’).
Bounding from one event to the other is no easy task and, frankly, a workout in its own right.
“I try to keep track of what’s going on when, and look around and see when stuff is starting to make sure I don’t miss anything,” said Corley, who qualified for the state finals last year in the long and high jump. “And I try to get one thing out of the way as fast as possible and go to the next thing and then go to the next thing.”
Corley managed a second-place run in her final event, the 300 hurdles, finishing in a time of 48.82 seconds. In her sight was teammate Sophia Kunsulman, who finished first (48.38). Kunsulman added a first-place finish in the 100 hurdles (15.94).
And Corley and Kunsulman weren’t the only top finishers competing on their home track.
In fact, Corley’s sister, Chloe Corley, claimed the triple jump title when she orchestrated a 79’-9” effort. Pioneer's Elizaveta Boudrau won the 800 meter run (2:24.88) and Katherine Hoevent did the same in the 3,200 meter run (11:41.30).
Pioneer also dominated the relay competitions, taking the 400 (51.46), 800 (1:48.11) and 1,600 (4:11.01) races.
“I was pleased with our relay times,” said Pioneer coach Bryan Westfield, who described the All Comers meet as “a show up and compete type thing. No scores are kept. Most of the schools are on spring break. It was very low key, but it was pretty good.”
Wrapping up the day for Pioneer were pole vaulters Chaeli Wantuck and Sherry Wan, who cleared 9’-9” and 8’, respectively, for first- and second-place.
Needless to say, the Pioneer girls track team is off to a strong start.
“We would like to start as well as possible. We wanted to have a good start like we had today,” said Corley.