HCHS trackers get season started with home meet

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By Joey Lewis

After having the start of their season delayed twice by rain cancellations, the Harrison County Thorobreds and Fillies finally got their first taste of competition last Thursday while playing host to an All Comers meet on the Hilltop. In the meet that featured seven teams, the Breds took second place overall and the Fillies earned third place honors.

I was pleased with the effort from our team, said Fillies Coach Danny Simpson. With so many first-year runners, it was a real learning experience for them.

Scoring came from many different areas for the Fillies.

Catherine Darnell won the high jump, clearing 5-foot. In the 100M hurdles the Fillies got double scoring from a pair of eighth graders, Danni Kemplin was second in :19.05 and Megan Potter was third in :19.19. Senior Rachel Thornberry also placed in two individual events: second in the 1600M run in 6:42 and fourth in the 800M run in 3:07.7.

In the 800M relay the Fillies placed third (Bradford, Katelyn Groom, Thornberry, Brittany Wright in 2:08) and sixth (Chelsea Mattox, Kelsey Carr, Mariah Carr, Paige Perraut in 2:19). In the 400M relay Harrison County finished fourth (Bradford, Groom, Wright, Reagan Oaks in 1:00.5), fifth (Shelbie Wright, Shelby Cooper, Perraut, Swanice Holman in 1:01.9), and sixth (Harley Cunningham, M. Carr, K. Carr, Katie Himes in 1:05.5). In the 1600M relay the girls were fourth (Thornberry, Groom, K. Carr, Perraut in 5:22.9) and sixth (Mattox, M. Carr, Ariel Thornberry, Darnell in 5:39).

The Fillies also benefitted from contributions in the field events.

Swanice Holman was fifth in the shot (26-foot) and sixth in the discus (59 6). Reagan Oaks was fourth in the long jump, going 12 8.

With so many new runners and it being our first meet, we are way behind where we need to be. The girls need more time to train, said Simpson. And were still looking to see which events they will be the most effective. Im happy with this group. They have a great attitude and work hard. We just need more time and meet experience.

For the Breds, the track events gave them a big push into the second spot out of seven teams.

In the 3200M relay, they claimed the top spot (Michael May, Aaron Lyons, Mark Schimpler, Ryan Puckett in 9:44.6) and third place (D.A. Wiglesworth, Tyler Hardin, Keenan Palmer, Nicholas Whitaker in 10:27). In the 400M relay, the Breds took third place (Daniel Cullen, Caleb Reeder, Aaron Newby, Van Isaac in :48.4). In the 1600M relay the Breds took fourth (Spencer Aubrey, Brett Perkins, Lyons, Eric Lewis in 4:11) and sixth (John Reitz, Adam Fischer, Schimpler, Puckett in 4:14).

Individually for the Breds, Fischer took second in the 110M hurdles with a time of :17.9. In the 1600M run, Puckett finished first in 5:00.8, May finished third in 5:26.1, and Schimpler finished fourth in 5:35. In the 400M dash, Phillip Sexton finished sixth in :59.8.

In the 300M hurdles, Bryant Warmouth finished first in 44:61, Fischer finished fourth in :47.85, and Reeder placed sixth in :49.24. In the 800M run, Hank Whalen took the top spot in a time of 2:18.4. In the 200M dash, Isaac finished sixth in :25.13.

The Breds also collected a few points from the field events. Eric Lewis took fifth place in the high jump with 54 while Shawn Neal took sixth with 54. Lewis also took second place in the triple jump with a distance of 362 and Derek Hudgins took fourth with 342. Brandon Barnett took second place in the discus event, with a distance of 1028 and Aaron Brooks placed fifth with 861.

We performed very, very well overall, but I still think the lack of practice days and the cancelation of events due to rain and bad weather hurt us, said Breds track coach Robert Walker. This is early in the season and it is good to know that we are going to get better. I am proud of these guys, they have all been working very hard and it will begin to show as our distances get longer and our times get shorter.