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Harrison track and field competes in two meets

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By Joey Lewis

The weather cooperated with the HCHS track teams this week and enabled them to participate in two different meets. On Tuesday, April 15, the Breds and Fillies traveled to the Woodford County All-Comers meet and on Saturday, April 19, the teams competed in the Donnie Carnes Invitational Meet at Campbell County Middle School.

At Woodford County the girls team placed seventh in a seven-team field. Despite the low finish, some bright spots for the Fillies did exist. Catherine Darnell took first place in the high jump, clearing 4-foot 10 inches. Laura Ross was fifth in the discus at 64 feet, 9 inches, and Swanice Holman was fifth in the 100 meter dash with a time of :14.4 and sixth in the shot put with a distance of 25 feet, five inches.

We learned a lot and our girls gained valuable experience, said Coach Danny Simpson. But we struggled to score against more seasoned, talented teams.

The Breds finished in fifth place out of a field of nine teams in the boys competition at Woodford County. The 3200 meter relay team of Hank Whalen, Michael May, Mark Schimpler and Ryan Puckett took third place with a time of 9:08. The relay team of Daniel Cullen, Aaron Newby, Caleb Reeder and Van Isaac took third place in the 800 meter relay with a time of 1:40.6 and sixth in the 400 relay in a time of :40.8.

Individually for the Breds, Adam Fischer took second place in the 110 meter hurdles in a time of :16.2, Puckett took first in the 3200 meter run in a time of 10:50.9 and fourth in the 1600 run with a time of 4:47.8. Whalen took sixth in the 400 meter dash with a time of :56.0. Bryant Warmouth took second in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of :42.7 and third in the long jump with a distance of 19 feet, seven inches, and May took fifth place in the 3200 meter run with a time of 11:20.2.

On Saturday, the teams competed in the Donnie Carnes Memorial Invitational Meet, an event held each year in memory of a Campbell County runner who tragically lost his life in an accident several years ago.

For the second meet in a row, the Fillies struggled to put up team points and finished in last place among a field of 14 teams.

Individually, however, a few Fillies were able to set personal records. In the 800 meter, relay the first team of Ashley Bradford, Katelyn Groom, Rachel Thornberry and Paige Perraut finished the race in 2:06.2, and the second team of Chelsea Mattox, Harley Cunningham, Mariah Carr, and Kelsey Carr finished in 2:14.1. The 400 meter relay team of Bradford, Groom, Reagan Oaks, and Holman ran a seasons best of :57.5.

The 1600 meter relay team of Bradford, Thornberry, Groom and Darnell had another personal record of 4:57. The second Harrison County 1600 meter relay team of Mattox, Perraut and Mariah and Kelsey Carr finished in 5:26.

At this point and time, we have a difficult time scoring and competing with high quality teams, said Simpson. Im pleased with this team, though. We are still scrambling to get girls in the right events and to get them properly conditioned. Were still trying to recover from the two early meets we lost to weather. This team has a great attitude and they want to get better.

For the Breds, 17.2 team points earned the team a ninth place finish in the field of 14 teams at Campbell County.

The team of Cullen, Reeder, Newby and Isaac took sixth in the 400 meter relay with a time of :48.3. Individually, Fischer took second in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of :16.1. Puckett took third in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:53.9, and long jumpers Eric Lewis and Shawn Neal took fifth and sixth places respectively. Lewis turned in a distance of 5 feet, two inches, and Neals distance was five feet.

The sponsor of the meet raises funds for two $250 scholarships that are awarded to two seniors participating in the meet. This year, one of the scholarships went to the Fillies Rachel Thornberry.