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TRACK GIRLS Moran finishes with third, seventh places



Published: Sun, June 5, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Hubbard's Rachel Crafton finished third in the 300 hurdles.

By JOE SCALZO

VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF

COLUMBUS -- Sometimes the weather gods look favorably on you. And then there are days like Saturday.

"It was pretty hot," Poland High senior Colleen Moran said. "I didn't know how I was going to feel running in this."

Moran must have felt OK. The Bulldog standout placed third in Division II in the 1600-meter run, rested for about an hour, then finished seventh in the 3200 at Saturday's state track meet at Jesse Owens Stadium.

Moran also anchored the third place 4x800 relay on Friday, making her a three-time All-Ohioan this weekend.

"I did a little better than I expected," she said following the 1600. "I'm pretty satisfied."

Her teammate, sophomore Lauren Fithian, finished sixth in the 800 and the Bulldogs' 4x100 relay finished sixth.

Crafton does better

Hubbard senior Rachel Crafton placed third in the 300 hurdles after placing ninth last year.

She wasn't happy with her time (45.83), but she was happy she improved since last season.

"I'm glad I moved up from last year," she said. "I just wish I had another year to move up again.

"Unfortunately, I don't."

Crafton said she's run much better times this season, but the mid-afternoon heat may have taken its toll.

"I was exhausted," she said. "I felt like my legs couldn't go anymore."

West Branch had a solid performance, getting three top-five finishers on Saturday. Senior McKenzie Wallace, a Hawaii recruit, placed third in the 800; senior Vallie Scott was fourth in the 400; and senior Alyssa Bowman placed fifth in the 100 hurdles.

In Division III, Warren JFK's 4x200 relay finished third and Western Reserve sophomore Alex Rathburn placed fourth in the shot put.




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