DRAFFENVILLE – Marshall County opened the track season with an All-Comers meet at home Thursday. Coach Cory Westerfield heads up the girl’s team and Coach Jared Rosa is at the helm of the boy’s team.
The team is coming off a very successful 2014 season where 20 Marshall track athletes qualified for the state meet, many of whom are back to make another run this season including Skylar VanMeter who finished second at state in the high jump, Michaela Manley took fourth in state in the high jump and Stephanie Russell placed seventh and 11th in the 300 and 100 meter hurdles.
Also coming back from last year’s state team are sprinters Sydney Goff, Kara Kelley, Lexie Myers and Nathan Solomon.
The boy’s 4 x 800 relay team that placed 20th in the state meet, is still intact with Robert Blankenship, Jacob Carnine, Collin Gunn and Dax Parker.
Casey Gregory, who placed 19th in the state pole vault, is also back to improve on last year’s results.
Recording first place finishes in Thursday’s All-Comers meet were Stephanie Russell in the 100 meter hurdles followed closely by Brandy Bass in second.
Michaela Manley took first in the high jump with five feet with teammates Kaylie Riley and Paige Henson taking second and third.
Jacob Carnine crossed in first in the 800 meters and Collin Gunn took first in the 1600 meters.
Jack Brown and Tyler Hega went one-two in the boy’s 100 meter high hurdles, an event the Marshals haven’t had a presence in the past couple of years.
The Marshal A 4 x 800 relay team of Carnine, Gunn, Parker and Blankenship took first, setting themselves up for another successful team relay season.
In field events Dre Reed took first in the high jump, Casey Gregory placed first in the pole vault and Justin Robinson was first in the long jump.
The meet was not scored according to team results, but a good event for coaches to collect times on their athletes, according to Coach Westerfield.
The team will compete at Murray High on Tuesday starting at 5:00.
Results below of the first place finisher in each event and Marshall top10 finishes.
|100 meters||1st||Ann Taylor||Murray||13.30|
|200 meters||1st||Ann Taylor||Murray||28.10|
|400 meters||1st||Grace Campbell||Murray||1:05.20|
|800 meters||1st||Kyla Kidd||McCracken||2:58.30|
|100 hurdles||1st||Stephanie Russell||MCHS||17.20|
|4 x 800||1st||McCracken A||McCracken||11:11.50|
|High Jump||1st||Michaela Manley||MCHS||5′|
|Long Jump||1st||Grace Campbell||Murray||15’9″|
|Shot Put||1st||Sarah McDowell||Murray||31’10”|
|100 meters||1st||Joey Marshall||Graves||11.20|
|200 meters||1st||Joe Holman||Fulton Co.||24.20|
|400 meters||1st||Dre Bledsoe||Ballard||52.50|
|800 meters||1st||Jacob Carnine||MCHS||2:13.60|
|1600 meters||1st||Collin Gunn||MCHS||4:55.80|
|100 hurdles||1st||Jack Brown||MCHS||17.80|
|4 x 800||1st||Marshall A||MCHS||8:55.60|
|High Jump||1st||Dre Reed||MCHS||5’8″|
|Pole Vault||1st||Casey Gregory||MCHS||11′|
|Long Jump||1st||Justin Robinson||MCHS||18’7″|
|Shot Put||1st||De’vharius Jones||McCracken||44’2″|