Tag: Kirsten Wikner

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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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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Girls’ Soccer Defeats Hammond

Words: Parker Subasic

Photos: Shalini Malhotra

Last Friday, September 30, the Girls’ Soccer team took on the Hammond Golden Bears.

The Eagles came out strong in the first half scoring twice. Junior Kirsten Wikner scored very early in the game to give the team a crucial early morale boost.

Senior Jasmine McCree had 2 goals, and senior Cristina Narron had one goal to secure the victory 4-0.

After the game Narron said, “It feels good having not only won, but also scoring my first goal of the season was great.”

The next game is on October 4, at Mount Hebron.

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Girls’ Soccer Falls to Howard

Words: Meghan Moore

Photos: Lara Cahow

On Friday, September 16, 2016, the Girls’ Varsity Soccer team lost their first game of the season, 1-0, to the Howard Lions.

The beginning of the first half was dominated by the Centennial offense. With a merciless defensive side stonewalling Howard’s goal attempts left and right. Centennial’s strong offense was led by juniors Kelli Dunagan, Kirsten Wikner, senior Jasmine McCree as well as help from sophomores Ashley Molz and Mckenna Griffin.

By the half, the Centennial defense led by junior Claudia Piltcher had fought off Howard’s many attempts to score, and went into halftime tied at 0-0.

The Eagles came out strong in the second half, determined and unforgiving on the Lion’s defense. Despite Centennial’s energy, Howard was able to score off a corner kick at the beginning of the second half, making the score 1-0.

While Centennial dominated for the majority of the game, and put 28 shots on goal, they were unable to make it onto the scoreboard.

The Eagles will face off against River Hill High School on Tuesday, September 20.

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Girls’ Lacrosse Defeats Hammond in Season Opener

Words and Photos: Sandy Eichhorn

On Tuesday, March 22, Centennial Girls’ Lacrosse defeated Hammond 17-1 in their opening game.

Led by the offense, Centennial showed their stick skills and maneuvered around the Hammond defense. Seniors Devin McIntyre and Samantha Courtemanche were involved in multiple offensive plays and McIntyre led the team in goals.

Junior Madi Griffin played excellent defense on Hammond’s star player and kept her away from the goal, leading to Hammond’s single goal.

Centennial’s 17 goals were scored by nine different players. McIntyre had four goals, Courtemanche had three, junior Laurie Bracey and sophomore Kirsten Wikner had two each, and seniors Allie Durkee, Peyton Conley, Megan Oliver, junior Griffin, and sophomore Claudia Piltcher had one each.

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Indoor Track Regionals

Words: Michael Moore

On Tuesday, February 2, Centennial Indoor Track participated in the 2016 Regional Meet.

Seniors Ashley Mazer, and Jessica Jiang, junior Kara Taylor, and sophomore Kirsten Wickner qualified for the 4×800 State Meet.

Mazer also qualified to run the two mile race at States.

States will be held on Tuesday, February 16.

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