Sunday, April 19, 2015

South Sweeps

Spring weather can be a roll of the dice, but this weekend’s TVS Invitational had wonderful weather.  The fans responded by packing the stands, and the athletes performed well - making for a successful meet.  South swept 1st place among the 16 team field with both the boys and girls teams winning.  Other local teams finished as follows: Girls – Eaton 9th; Brookville 11th, TCN 12th, Dixie 13th, Shawnee 14th, Trail 15th.  Boys – Dixie 2nd; Eaton 3rd; Brookville 4th; TCN 9th, Trail and Shawnee tie  14th.

Top finishers: 4X800 TVS girls 1st (Madison Wright, Megan Wright, Grace Stewart, Abby Creech) 10:08.75 – meet record. 4X800 TVS boys 1st (JJ Utz, Sammy Shockey,Ethan Wells, Matt Hemmelgarn) 8:33.57. 100m hurdles 1st Hailey Thies TCN 16.84. 110m hurdles 1st Seth Reynolds  15.15. 100m dash 1st Mylan Crews 13.08. 100m dash Clayton Washington 1st 11.51; Isaiah Pritchard 2nd.  4X200m relay 1st TVS (Abby Beneke, Delany Adams, Grace Stewart, Mylan Crews). 4X200m relay 1st TCN (Garrett Woodyard, Austin Johnson, Billy Daughterty, Trey Summers).

4X100m relay Dixie 1st (Zach Roberts, Clayton Washington, Ethan Arnett, Isaiah Pritchard), 300m hurdles 1st Seth Reynolds Eaton 42.48.  800m run Madison Wright 1st 2:26.25. 800m run TVS JJ Utz 1st 2:06.76; Sammy Shockey TVS 2nd. 200m dash Dixie Clayton Washington 23.54. 3200m run Taylor Broermann 1st Eaton 12:04.42. Discus TVS Aaron Deaton 1st 139’9”. High jump TCN Hailey Theis 1st 5’4”. High jump Eaton Seth Reynolds 1st 6’.  Long jump TVS Jared Kirkpatrick 1st 21’4”. Shotput TVS Aaron Deaton 1st 49’5”; Tristen Sizemore TVS 2nd.

Coach Livingston of Dixie had a few of dinged up athletes when I was able to catch up to her.  One had taken a tumble on the track and had a skinned up shoulder, one had to drop out of the mile due to a stress injury, and yet another was icing a sore knee.   So not quite a mash unit, but the coach felt that all would be ready for the next meet.  “It has been a good meet for us, Madison Swigart came within a second of the school record in the 400m dash.

“We don’t have a very large team this year, and we are young but still talented.  We just got back from spring break, and are just getting back into the swing of things.   We have relay teams that can improve as well as some individual performers.  Cassidy Shell scored points for us in the discus and shotput.  Sydnee Reynolds had a personal best in the discus.  Madison Swigart also placed in the 100, so she is having a good meet.   Unfortunately our pole vaulter, Adrianna Parker, is out for the year.”
“It’s been a good season for us so far,” stated coach Hughes, the New Lebanon boys track coach, “we took first place in the Franklin Monroe relays.  We graduated some distance kids last year, but other than that we have pretty much everyone back from last season.   We were also at the Anna meet against some tough MAC completion and got 5th place there – but that’s the best we ever finished.  We had a good meet at the Eaton relays – finishing behind Dunbar, which always has a really good team by 5 points.  We have some kids that I think can compete at regionals and maybe even state.  
Nick Adams is having a good year, he is the school record holder in the pole vault. Clayton Washington and Isiah Pritchard finished 1-2 in the 100 meter dash and Pritchard was also 2nd in the long jump with Washington 3rd.  So both of them are having a good meet.  Dakota Grise is only a freshman but he has been clearing 5’ 9” and today he cleared 5’10” for 3rd place.   

The TVS girls won the Fred Durkle Invitational for the first time since it was started in 2002. Coach Mabry had this to say about the meet, “It started with the 4X800m relay team – they set the tone for the meet right off the bat. They broke the meet record and once we got started, we gathered momentum from there.  Mylan Crews had a good night, winning the 100 meter and just getting beat out in the 200 meter, she was also on the 4X200m relay which won, and lead off the 4X100m relay which got 4th.  So it was a good performance by a freshman in her first really big meet.  She stepped up and handled the pressure well.”

He continued, “Abbey Beneke placed well in both hurdle events.  Madison Wright placed in both the 400m and 800m runs. Megan Wright scored in both the 1600m and the 3200m runs.  All 4 of our relays placed.   Abbey Creech did nice the high jump.  We also got some points from the discus (Haily Keener) and the pole vault (Emily Hutchings, Delany Adams).  It may have been just a few points here and there, but last year the district meet came down to the last event – every point that we can get matters.”

Next he was asked how the season has gone from the beginning to now, “We won a quad meet at Dixie,  we next went to the National Trail relay meet and won that.  We next had a dual meet against North which allowed everyone to get on the track and to see what we have.  But overall I have been pleased with what all we have done and their work ethic.  We have some depth – every event this last weekend, we had someone in the top 5.  There have been years where we have been strong in sprints or strong in distance, but this year we seem to have it all.”

South’s coach Faber was the last coach up, “I thought things went fairly well, this was one of our goals this year – to win our invitational.   Our 4X800m relay team set a personal best for the season.  Both our hurdlers (Luke Stoner, Josh Chapman) ran well – Chapman had a personal best in the 300m hurdles.  Jared Kirkpatrick had a personal best in the long jump – 21’4”.  Aaron Deaton and Tristen Sizemore were 1st and 2nd in the shot put and had personal bests.   JJ Utz finished 1st in the 800m and was on the 4X800m team that won.  
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