MOROCCO | Hanover Central was its own welcoming party at the Greater South Shore Conference track meet Tuesday at North Newton’s Dick Gilbert Field.
Hanover, using its superior strength and depth, won the title with relative ease in its first year in the GSSC. It outdistanced two-time defending champ Wheeler 151-95. Bishop Noll was third with 94
“We have a good balance overall,” Hanover coach Janet Neitzel said. “We were a little weak in the sprints, but the girls still pulled it off.
“I told them if they wanted to win, they needed to step it up and do they best that they could if their hearts and souls were in it. Their hearts and souls were in it (Tuesday).”
The Wildcats also felt pretty good about their accomplishment, celebrating on the track moments after the meet finished.
“It’s always fun to win,” said junior Kayla York, who broke the meet mark in the discus (138 feet, 3 inches) and also won the shot put (35-11). “This is the first meet I haven’t PR’d in discus, but I broke the conference record so I guess I can be happy with that."
Hanover scored 64 points in the field events.
Shariden Varner won the pole vault, while Itzel Lagunas was second in the high jump and Kaylin Fanta took second in the long jump.
“We’ve been really strong in all our events, but field is where we’ve been real strong this year,” York said.
Hanover also won the 3,200-meter relay and had many second- and third-place finishes throughout the night.
“We were pretty solid across the board,” Neitzel said. “My girls did an outstanding job, and I couldn’t ask for any more out of them.”
Neitzel wasn’t sure what to expect with the GSSC.
“There’s a lot of good schools and a lot of good athletes were here,” she said. “We just happened to come out on top.”
Kelly O’Shea was a double winner for Wheeler, taking the 1,600 and 3,200.
Bishop Noll senior Asya Hobbs capped her outstanding GSSC career, winning the 100, 200 and high jump and finishing second in the 400.
“I really didn’t think about it until my last 200 when I thought, ‘Man, this is my last conference meet,’” she said. “I have sectionals and when I advance to regionals and hopefully state, my career is done.
“It kind of hard to think of it that way.”