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Track Team Counting Down Days Till Regionals

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Who run the track? Girls!

At both track and field meets, the girls team dominated placing second at one meet and third at another.

The track and field team met at the Cardinal Classic in Nelson County on April 25. Three days later, they traveled to Elizabethtown to compete at the Panther Invitational. With less than two weeks until regionals, the team will be working their hardest to prepare for the competition.

On Tuesday, at the Cardinal Classic, the girls team ranked third out of ten teams overall with 112.5 points and boys team ranked seventh out of ten teams with 30 points.

In the girls 100 meter dash, sophomore Emmy Ralph tied for fifth out of 40 with a time of 13.23.

Five runners competed in the girls 200 meter dash. Senior Brianna Poole placed first out of 35 in with a time of 26.99. Placed fourth out of 35, freshman Emily Ezell ran with a time of 27.49. Senior Lauren Masden placed 11 out of 35 with a time of 28.42. Freshman Mekaiya Cannon placed 17 out of 35 with a time of 29.54. Placed 18 out of 35 with a time of 29.59 freshman Valerie Lanci.

In the boys 200 meter dash, junior AJ Moss placed third out of 31 with a time 22.90.

Four girls then competed in the girls 400 meter dash. Senior Claire Feldhaus placed first out of 21 with a time of 1:01.80. Masden then placed second out of 21 with a time of 1:02.60. Junior Julia Poole placed fifth out of 21 with a time of 1:05.59. Junior Taylor Willis also competed and placed eighth out of 21 with a time of 1:07.27.

Moss placed first out of 19 in the boys 400 meter dash with a time of 51.63. Sophomore Josh Wetzel also competed in the boys 400 meter dash and placed seventh out of 19 with a time of 57.14.

In the girls 800 meter run, sophomore Allie Rae Thompson placed third out of 18 with a time of 2:36.68. Another runner who competed in the girls 800 meter run was freshman Sarah Ezell who placed fourth out of 18 with a time of 2:38.56.

Sophomore Lindsey Spencer placed fourth out of 15 in the girls 1600 meter run with a time of 6:08.56.

In the girls 4×100 meter relay, Lanci, Cannon, Emily Ezell and freshman Emily McDonald placed fifth out of 11 with a time of 55.68.

McDonald, Lanci, Feldhaus and Willis placed first out of six in the girls 4×200 meter relay with a time of 1:53.88.

Two groups competed in the girls 4×400 meter relay. The first included Feldhaus, Ralph, Thompson and Emily Ezell and placed first out of five with a time of 4:18.22. The second group placed second out of five with a time of 4:20.68. This group included Brianna Poole, Julia Poole, Masden and Sarah Ezell.

“We are practicing to get faster each and every day… I am hoping that we will do the best we can and succeed our goals,” said Ralph.

In the boys 4×400 meter relay, Moss, Wetzel, junior Sean Woods and sophomore Tyler Ford placed third out of eight with a time of 3:44.91.

Wetzel, Woods, Ford and sophomore Cole Davenport placed fifth out of 11 with a time of 9:16.81 in the boys 4×800 meter relay.

Then many people placed very well in the field events. Willis placed fifth out of 11 in the girls high jump. In the girls triple jump, Cannon placed second out of nine. Freshman Jes Milburn placed seventh out of 14 in the boys triple jump.

Three people competed in the girls long jump. The first was McDonald who placed third out of 29. Then, Cannon tied for sixth out of 29. The third was eighth grader Lillie Feldhaus who placed 14 out of 29.

Freshman Meredith Bass placed fifth out of 11 in the girls 100 meter hurdles with a time of 18.81. Bass then placed third out of nine in the girls 300 meter hurdles with a time of 52.67. Lillie Feldhaus placed fourth out of nine with a time of 54.98 in the girls 300 meter hurdles.

“I think they competed well (at the Cardinal Classic), we had a kind of different schedule going into the week last week because our meets were on different days than normal. So we wanted to make sure we only put each athlete in one or two events so that we wouldn’t wear them out before we got to the big meet this weekend at Elizabethtown,” said Michael Whitfill, coach of the track and field team.

At the Panther Invitational on Friday, April 28, the girls team placed second out of 15 overall with 89 points. Overall, the boys team placed 14 out of 16 with 13 points.

In the girls 200 meter dash, Emily Ezell placed seventh out of 33 with a time of 28.98. Willis placed 12 out of 33 in the girls 200 meter dash with a time of 29.66. Moss placed sixth out of 32 in the boys 200 meter dash with a time of 23.81.

Claire Feldhaus placed third out of 27 with a time of 1:02.42 in the girls 400 meter dash. Also competing in the girls 400 meter dash, Brianna Poole placed seventh out of 27 with a time of 1:05.18. Moss placed third out of 30 in the boys 400 meter dash with a time of 52.06.

In the girls 800 meter run, Masden placed first out of 27 with a time of 2:22.91. Julia Poole then placed seventh out of 27 in the girls 800 meter run with a time of 2:34.29. Senior Connor Green placed 12 out of 32 in the boys 800 meter run with a time of 2:07.14.

Wetzel placed 12 out of 32 in the boys 1600 meter run with a time of 4:58.32. Wetzel then placed tenth out of 30 with a time of 11:10.33 in the boys 3200 meter run.

In the Girls 4×100 Meter Relay, Emily Ezell, Ralph, Thompson and McDonald placed first out of 11 with a time of 53.30.

Brianna Poole, Ralph, Emily Ezell and McDonald, placed third out of 12 in the girls 4×200 meter relay with a time of 1:51.11.

Masden, Claire Feldhaus, Brianna Poole and Ralph the group placed first out of 11 with a time of 4:16.35 in the girls 4×400 meter relay. In the boys 4×400 meter relay, Green, Moss, Wetzel and Woods placed sixth out of 12 with a time of 3:39.38.

In the girls 4×800 meter relay, Masden, Thompson, Claire Feldhaus, and Julia Poole first out of 11 with a time of 9:56.79.

“At Etown, we did really well. We had a lot of personal bests for the kids this season. We finished second overall which is pretty good because there were 17 or 18 teams there… All of our relays on the girls side had season bests, so we’re continuing that progression which is what you want to do leading up to regionals,” said Whitfill.

Willis placed second out of 11 in the girls high jump. In the girls long jump, Cannon placed fourth out of 23 and McDonald placed seventh out of 23. Then in the girls triple jump, Cannon placed second out of 14.

In the girls 100 meter hurdles, Bass placed sixth out of 12 with a time of 19.50. Then Bass placed fourth out of 15 in the girls 300 meter hurdles with a time of 52.54.

Regionals is coming up very soon and the team is working very hard but practically to prepare for that important meet. “We’re starting to reduce our training so that we’re not working them so hard so their legs have a little more spring in them going into the regional meet and then the rest is on them,” said Whitfill.
The next meet is on May 4 at Bardstown High School. The regional meet is on May 13 at Male High School.

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