Tag: Claudia Pilcher

Centennial Girls Track and Field Complete a Record-Breaking Journey Towards the State Title

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos contributed by: Kirsten Wikner

Centennial girls track and field ended a successful winter season in the best way possible: seniors Claudia Pilcher and Kirsten Wikner, and juniors Cora Blount and Alison Betler won the 4×800 meter relay state title. This marks the first time in Centennial history that a girls indoor track and field team won the 4×800 meter relay at the state level.

The four girls started their record-breaking run in counties where they won the 4×800 relay. They moved up to the next level and competed at regionals, where they won the 4×800 relay in record time, finishing the race with a time of 9:53, the quickest 4×800 time in Centennial history, for both indoor and outdoor track and field.

Pilcher, Wikner, Blount, and Betler then took their talents to the track and field state championship. Pilcher began the race, followed by Wikner, Blount, and Betler. It was a tough race, but the girls fought through it and came out on top, finishing with a time of 9:59.

We had a pretty big lead in the beginning of the race but at times it was close and there was a lot of really good other teams,” said Pilcher. “I knew that Alison, Cora and Kirsten are all incredible runners and as soon as Alison pulled ahead in the last 2 laps, we realized we were about to win states.”

The girls have created a special bond and will remember their journey forever. They had so much support from each other as well as family and friends attending the event.

“Crossing the line in first place was an unbelievable feeling. M

y teammates did a great job of positioning us in the lead so all I had to do was maintain that. I had a lot of people cheering me on which really motivated me to make my move into first,” said Betler. “Winning a state title is something that every runner dreams of, so being able to make that dream into a reality was incredible and definitely a moment I’ll never forget.”

Wikner added, “It is very special to win a state title especially since it was with this relay team. I’m so happy we could win it together.”

While they all have tremendous talent and drive, the girls acknowledged their coach, Kevin Mccoy, for playing a huge role in their success.

“I always knew Coach McCoy was standing on the sidelines for each race, cheering us on and pushing me to go 110% every time,” said Pilcher.

“It was like a rush of happiness,” said Blount. “I cried because I was so happy that all our hard work paid off.”

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Girls’ Lacrosse Falls to Glenelg in Playoffs

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

On Friday, May 12, the Centennial Girls’ Lacrosse team fell to the Glenelg Gladiators.

Junior Claudia Pilcher scored three goals for the Eagles and freshman Rasa Welsh scored one.

Despite missing a few key players, the Eagles played very well and had a good ending to their season.

The final score of the game was 16-4.

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Girls’ Lacrosse Trumps Hebron in First Round of Playoffs

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos: Zach Grossman

On Wednesday, May 10, the Centennial Girls’ Lacrosse team defeated rival Mount Hebron in the first round of 3A Playoffs.

Though the Vikings quickly took the lead by a goal, the Eagles fought back and senior Laurie Bracey scored, tying the game at one. Bracey scored again, followed by a goal from junior Claudia Pilcher, giving the Eagles a 3-2 lead. The game remained close in the first half and Pilcher scored two more goals, giving the Eagles a 5-4 lead going into the second half.

In the second half, Hebron came out firing and scored tying the game at 5. However, Bracey and Pilcher both put balls in the net which gave the Eagles a two goal cushion. Freshman goalie Sarah Thorman made some impressive saves which kept the Eagles in the lead for the majority of the game. The teams fought hard and ended up tied at 7, making the game go into overtime.

The Eagles started overtime with a drive down the field, but were unable to score. The Vikings quickly got their own opportunity, but the Eagles’ defense, led by seniors Ryleigh Ahearn and Gabby Fairley were able to stop them from scoring.

The Eagles once again drove down the field. The game took a turn when sophomore Marissa Lagera was fouled and got a penalty shot. As soon as the whistle blew, Lagera nailed the ball past the Hebron keeper, winning the game.

The Eagles will move on to the second round of the 3A Playoffs. The next game is on Friday, May 12, against the Glenelg Gladiators.

 

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Girls’ Lacrosse Wins Big on Senior Night

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos: Laila Abu-Ghaida

On Friday, May 5, Centennial Girls’ Lacrosse honored their “señioritas” on Senior Night. The Eagles played against the River Hill Hawks.

Before the game, seniors Ryleigh Ahearn, Laurie Bracey, Gabby Fairley, and Madi Griffin were escorted by their families onto the field and given gifts.

The Eagles quickly took control of the game, scoring multiple goals against the Hawks. Centennial’s defense held off River Hill’s offensive advances and kept them to one goal in the first half. The Eagles had a 10-1 lead going into halftime.

The second half went the same way as the first half and the Eagles scored five more goals to win the game 15-1.

Lead scorers from the game were Bracey (4), freshman Rasa Welsh (4), junior Claudia Pilcher (3), and sophomore Marissa Lagera (2).

The Eagles will play on Wednesday, May 10, against Mt. Hebron in the first round of playoffs.

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Indoor Track and Field State Championship

Words: Zach Grable

On Tuesday, February 21, the Centennial Indoor Track and Field team competed in the State Finals.

For the Boys’ 4×800, juniors Greg Costello, Daniel Gao, Steven Mitchell, and senior Anthony Ferrera came in 7th place with a time of 8:39. This was a very good accomplishment for them and a strong finish to Ferrera’s last indoor season.

For the Girls’ 4×800, junior Claudia Pilcher and seniors Alli Krahe, Mary Monroe, and Olivia O’Connell finished in 6th place with a time of 10:10. This time set a new indoor record for Centennial. For the 1600m, sophomore Alison Betler came in 9th (5:30) and junior Kirsten Wikner came in 11th (5:33). For the 3200m, Betler came in 8th (12:22), sophomore Cora Blount came in 9th (12:25) and senior Kara Taylor came in 10th (12:26).

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Indoor Track and Field Regionals

Words: Zach Grable

On Tuesday, February 7, the Centennial Eagles Track & Field team participated in Regionals. Centennial had many athletes who finished in the top 8 and multiple who qualified for States.

State qualifiers include Olivia O’Connell, Mary Monroe, Alli Krahe, and Claudia Pilcher for the Girls’ 4×800, along with Steven Mitchell, Daniel Gao, Anthony Ferrara, and Greg Costello for the Boys’ 4×800. Alison Betler finished in 8th place and Kirsten Wikner finished in 7th place for the Girls’ 1600, both qualifying for States. For the Girls’ 3200, Alison Betler, Cora Blount, and Kara Taylor finished 7th, 8th, and 10th, respectively, and all qualified for States. Ethan Carpenter finished in 4th place for the Boys’ 3200 and will run at States.

The runners will compete in the State Championship on February 21.

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