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Girls track: Plenty of work ahead for Dixon, Sterling

Published: Sunday, March 23, 2014 11:15 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, March 24, 2014 8:39 a.m. CST
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(Philip Marruffo/pmarruffo@saukvalley.com)
Sterling's Denajha Phillips runs in the 800-meter relay Saturday during the NIB-12 indoor meet at Westwood Sports Complex. Sterling placed seventh in the event.

STERLING – The Dixon Duchesses and Sterling Golden Warriors both had rough outings at the NIB-12 Indoor meet at Westwood on Saturday.

Kaneland won the girls' title with 108 points. Dixon was seventh with 21 points, while Sterling had eight points to take ninth.  

Lexy Duncan earned almost half of the points individually for the Duchesses despite coming off of an injury. The senior bested Dekalb sophomore Brittney Patrick by 4 inches to score 10 points for Dixon. 

"I did have stitches, but that's not the issue now," Duncan said. "I have really tight hamstrings now. I just told myself that I could push that aside, and do what I needed to do, and I did." 

Duncan also rand in the 1,600 team that took second. The move paid off, as it helped the team to eight more points. 

"We didn't run a complete lineup," Dixon coach Brandon Woodward said. "In fact, most of them just ran relays, and our splits reflected that we're not ready yet."

"I told myself that I needed to push myself to run the 1,600," Duncan said.  

A highlight for the Warriors was the 3,200 relay team that featured two freshmen. After the lead leg, Sterling maintained a lead. It didn't last long, and Yorkville eventually took over to win the event. The Warriors claimed half of their points by taking fourth place. 

"It's a good starting spot for us to see where we are at, and what we need to work on for the rest of the year," Sterling coach Tyler Gaumer said. "We have to continue to improve, and that's what we look at for our season. How can we get from this point to the end of the year, and what can we accomplish, and where can we improve? We know this isn't the end of the year at all."

While neither team placed high, both Sterling and Dixon will use this as motivation for the rest of the season. 

"We are going to work," Woodward said, "and get them along to get us where we need to be. We are looking for the outdoor season as a way to propel us into where we want to be."

 

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