On Satruday, May 11, the track team traveled to Clinton for the Class 3 District 7 track meet. Athletes were eyeing a coveted, top 4 finish, to move them on to the Class 3 Section 4 meet, this coming Saturday, May 18. The weather looked like it was going to be wet, but the rain quit quicker than expected and turned out to be a pretty good day.
On the girls’ side, we qualified three events. The first event on the track was the 4 x 800 meter relay. The girls relay team, made up of Kenli Rader, Morgan Mitchell, Leah Rohlin and Sarah King, finished 3rd with a second best time this season of 11:01.49. The 800 saw Morgan Mitchell, in dramatic, come from behind fashion, finish 4th with a personal best time of 2:36.46. Teammate, Sarah King placed 8th to score, but not advance. And last but not least, Kenli Rader ran a time of 13:13.43 in the 3200 meter run to place 4th as well and move on to the Sectional Meet. The 4 x 400 meter relay which included the same girls as the 4 x 800, placed 8th to score but not move on. Overall, the girls team as a whole, placed 8th as a team out of 11 teams. Numbers wise, we just don’t have enough girls to compete, competitively as a girls team, but they have all done well, and improved tremendously throughout the year.
On the boys’ side, we qualified five athletes in 11 events. In the running events, Brayden Housh and Taylor Wingert got us started off on the right track, finishing 3rd and 4th respectively, with personal best times of 17.05 and 17.49. Taylor Wingert then went on to place 3rd in the 300 meter hurdles with a personal best time of 44.08. Daelen Ackley placed 2nd in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:39.98 and 2nd in the 3200 with a time of 10:01.23. In the field events, we saw Ethan Parshall and Brayden Housh go 1st and 3rd in the pole vault with vaults of 13’6”. Shelby McKinney placed 3rd in the shot put with a personal best throw of 46’6”. He then went on to set another personal best in discus, with a throw of 131’11” to place first and then finish off his day with a school record throw of 153’3” to win the javelin as well. Shelby had an incredible day, throwing. Shelby was joined by teammate Brayden Housh, in the javelin, who placed 3rd with a throw of 131’5”.
Other boys who placed but won’t move on: Haiden Overton, 8th in 100 meter dash, with a personal best time of 11.74, Hunter Boyles, 5th in the 200 meter dash in 24.26 seconds, Brice Knoll, 7th in the 1600 with a personal best time of 5:03.25, Jalen Julian, 8th in high jump with 5’6”, Hunter Boyles 7th and Ethan Evans,8th in triple jump, and Keilan Jacques 8th in shot put with a personal best throw of 38’6”.
The boys team ended up 3rd as a team out of 11 teams, missing 2nd by 18 points and 1st by just 20 points. Overall, we competed well, and unfortunately, as a team, fell just short of a top two team plaque.