Sports / The Prairie Fire / May 18, 2016

TKS Player of the Week: Val Varanese

Track ended its outdoor season this past weekend at the Midwest Conference Championships.

The men placed 10th of 10 teams and the women placed ninth of 10 teams. Freshman Val Varanese has earned player of the week by earning 12 of the women’s 16 total team points at the Championships, singlehandedly keeping her team out of the last place position.

Varanese ran the 100-meter dash, placing second with a time of 12.46, beating her previous best time and record of 12.49. Varanese also finished fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.98, and a new school record.

Varanese’s success is made more impressive by her status as a freshman and new addition to a competitive conference that is continuing to grow more competitive as a majority of those vying for top scores in Varanese’s events are also freshman.

Along with Varanese’s success, junior Saundra Gavazzi placed sixth in the javelin, with a recorded throw at 92’ 3”, earning the women’s team another three points.

The final point was earned in the 4×100 women’s relay, run by sophomore Kayla Brown, freshman Chidinma Oguejiofor, Gavazzi, and Varanese.

With a young and talented roster stepping up in meets, as shown in the Championships, big things can be expected of the 2016-2017 indoor and outdoor Women’s Track and Field seasons.


Sam Watkins

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