The Pittsford Mendon High School track and field team sent four squads to compete in the Monroe County Championships over three days in May.
The County Championships bring together all teams regardless of class distinction to compete head-to-head. The Viking sub-varsity girls’ team earned first place, and the sub-varsity boys earned ninth place. Mendon’s varsity girls placed sixth, and the varsity boys placed 14th.
Winning their events at the sub-varsity championship were Grace Olczak, 400-meter dash; Rachel McCarthy, 1,500-meter run; Sarah Winfree, 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles; Claudia Rupprecht, high jump; Emma Galusha, pole vault; and Kaitlyn Gelb, triple jump. The Viking girls’ 4x800 meter relay team of Leah Tolley, Megan Kealy, Emily Friden and McCarthy also won the sub-varsity title.
At the varsity county championships, junior Madelyn Rose MacLaughlin became the county 2,000-meter steeplechase champion with her time of 7 minutes, 38.11 seconds. In addition to the steeplechase being a distance run, athletes also are confronted with hurdles and a sloped water pit that has a hurdle-type barrier preceding it. Senior Lindsay Fluman set a new school record in the discus throw capturing second place with a distance of 35.3 meters.