ON YOUR MARK — The Springville-Griffith Institute varsity indoor track team is pictured, front row, from left: Corrine Sacilowski, Megan Stoddard, Leena Marren, Molly Darling, Emily Barber, Mckenzie Maloy, Meghan Loop and Kalei Brautlacht. Second row: Emma McCarthy, Alexis Miranda, Joelle Admczyk, Kaitlyn Forshee, Alexis Lines, Elle Russell, Hanna Hebden, Jessica Wojtkowiak and Samantha Peterman. Third row: Shane Boundy, Meghan Brooks, Madlyn Germony, Autumn Noeller, Joe Cocina, Tyler Olrogg, Tom Schweickert, Jake Pokorny and Justin Dewitt.
SPRINGVILLE — “Lexi Lines is our most likely state competitor,” said Joe Marvin, the coach of the varsity track team at Springville-Griffith Institute, which is preparing for another season, this winter. Lines leads this group of athletes and said she looks forward to the potential that the team has.
“I think, this year, our team has a lot of potential,” Lines said. “If we all work hard and put forth a lot of dedication, we will go very far, this season.” Lines, a senior at S-GI, is beginning her third year of indoor track. She has also been involved in orchestra and chorus for four years, is a member of the senior a capela group and is the class treasurer. She was also the captain for varsity outdoor track, for two years, and was a member of the outdoor track team, for four years. During four years of playing volleyball, she was the captain for one year and was also a member of the National Honor Society, for two years.
“As for myself,” she said, “my goal, right now, is to go to sectionals and qualify there to continue onto states for my 55–meter hurdle race.” After completing high school, Lines said she plans to attend either Niagara University or St. John Fisher College. Either way, she said she plans to major in business while continuing her career in track. “I will continue my track career there, for all four years and, hopefully, continue to improve every day,” she noted.
When asked what piqued her interest in track, she said, “I started varsity track my sophomore year and tried hurdling. I loved it, but wasn’t very good at it. Towards the end of the season, I really started to see improvement and broke school records, with a 16.5-second 100-meter hurdle race, an 8.3 50-meter hurdle race and a 52.5-second 4 by 100-meter race.
“My junior year, my goal was states, and I worked hard, the entire season to achieve this goal. I broke my record again, running a 16.27-second 100-meter race. I qualified for states and I placed 17th in the state, overall,” she said.
“My family, my friends and my coaches push me, every practice and every day, to be better and strive to reach my potential. I hope to continue getting better and break my own records again, these seasons.”
Lines offered words of advice for aspiring athletes, who may look up to her, as an inspiration. “If you put your mind to it, you can hurdle an obstacle. Whether it be mental or physical, hard work will pay off, in the end,” she said. “You only have one high school experience, and no matter what sport you play, you’ll never play it like you did in high school. So, always try your hardest and have fun with it.”