By Tyler Ohmann
Little Falls will be hosting its first meet since 2012, starting at 4 p.m., Tuesday.
It will be a final dress rehearsal for the Flyers before the Section 8AA prelims, which start Wednesday, May 31.
After third and sixth place finishes for the Flyers girls and boys respectively at the (GRC) Meet, the Flyers know they still have room for improvement.
Even GRC high jump champion, Little Falls junior Sophia Sowada, knows that.
“I can just keep practicing, and I can always jump higher,” Sowada said after her win in Albany, Tuesday.
Sowada hit a personal best by clearing 5-01. It was a nice comeback for her after her sophomore season was hampered by injury recovery.
“Last year I didn’t do very well because I was coming back from a couple of knee injuries, so it was really nice to come back, do well and PR (personal record),” Sowada said.
After clearing 5-00, she had already won, but went after that PR.
“I had nothing to lose, so I just tell myself I need to take in all the hard work that I’ve done throughout the years and put it into that jump,” Sowada said.
Little Falls had four other athletes win five titles.
Senior Nick Maslowski swept the throwing events for the boys. He tossed the Discus 143-10 to earn that title, and also went long in the shot put (49-06.75) for a victory.
Fellow senior Tyler Moore was also a GRC champ. He blew away the competition by more than 10 seconds in the 3200 meters, winning going way with a 9:58.58.
Mitchell Schirmers, a Flyers junior, won the 100 hurdles nearly a second, clocking in at 16.31.
One other Little Falls girls performer earned a GRC Title. Sophomore Amari Riley had a toss of 35-07.75 to earn the shot put crown. She was also a runner-up in the discus.
The Flyers had several others finish in the top three in their respective events: senior Kendal Hendrickson tied for third in the pole vault; Hunter Zupko took second in the 800 meters; Senior Brett Zawatzke was third in the high jump and William Winkelman IV was a runner-up in the shot put.
Lastly, the 4×800 relay team of Moore, Tyler Schlattman, Zupko and Drew Peterson were runners-up to Mora with a time of 8:11.08.
However, the time was good enough via GRC standards to render the relay team All-Conference.
The Flyers all said they were excited to test out the new track for an actual competition.