The Boys and Girls Track squads put forward top-notch efforts while hosting the Tri Eastern Conference meet on Thursday night. The boys had a strong night, placing 3rd overall, 8 points behind second-place Winchester. The girls had many strong individual efforts resulting in multiple personal bests, but finishing 9th overall.
Willow Runyon started the night off strong for the ladies, setting a new personal best in the long jump with a leap of 14’6.25″, placing 4th overall. Naleya Kinney also added a new personal best in the 100 meter hurdles, running 19.97 seconds. Ali Scott ran to a new personal best in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:13.13. Emma Carr and Kenzie Chasteen partnered up to reach personal bests in the 200 meter dash with Emma running 28.22 seconds and Kenzie running 28.87 seconds. Willow, Ali, Kenzie, and Emma put together an incredible effort for the 4×400 relay, dropping 13 seconds to run 4:33.55 and place 3rd in the relay. While their score may not have reflected it, the Lady Knights have been an impressive group to watch this year and their conference performances were a testament to their grit and determination. The girls track team competes next at the IHSAA Sectional meet at Connersville High School on Tuesday, May 14th.
For the boys, they were led off by Chaz Johnson’s impressive win the in the long jump event. His leap of 21’6″ not only took the top spot, but set a new TEC meet record which had been unbroken since 1979. Next, the 4×800 meter relay team of Caylor Fisher, Christian Williams, Isaac Nicholson, and Mathew Stephen came together for an impressive effort, dropping 12 seconds to run a 9:38.96 and placing 5th. Caylor also competed well in the high jump, placing 2nd with a leap of 5’10”. In the 110 meter high hurdles, Paul Berger stepped up and took over a second off of his personal best, running 18.80 seconds. In the 100 meter dash, the Knights found their sole win in the running events with Haydn Martin taking the top spot in 11.58 seconds. Haydn also stepped up in the 400 and 200 meter dashes with personal best times of 52.26 and 23.14, finishing in 2nd place in both events. Isiah Loftis also had a personal best in the 200 meter dash with 24.05 seconds, finishing 5th. Dylan McDaniel improved in the discus throw by nearly 8 feet with a toss of 125’1″, placing 2nd. While the boys team was not expected to crack the top three teams in the TEC, their efforts earned them an impressive third place finish as a team, finishing only 8 points behind Winchester. The boys track team competes next at the IHSAA Sectional meet at Connersville High School on Thursday, May 16th.