By Dave Pearce
The North Posey high school track teams got off in fine fashion in a triangular meet versus South Spencer and Central on Monday, March 18, at Central High School.
“We knew the girls would be short-handed on Monday night,” said Head Girls’ Track Coach Leah Stormont. “With Emma (Werry), Tylie (Robertson), and several girls recovering from injuries they suffered in the off-season, we knew we would need some other girls to step up,” she added.
And step up they did, although the girls did not beat either of the other two teams in the meet, they did manage to post 38 total points with just seven girls and nearly surpassed South Spencer’s total of 40 points.
Central won the trifecta with a total of 61 points. Scoring firsts for the Lady Vikings were Junior Olivia Goebel in the 1600 meter run in a time of 6:03 and the other in the 3,200 meter run with a winning time of 13:15. The Junior record-holder had a solid night running in very cold conditions and with snow threatening. Her two firsts were matched by Freshman Shelby Newcomer (who proved she was no new-comer to the oval) with 1:06 in the 400 meter run and 29.68 in the 200 meter run.
The Lady Vikings’ fifth first-place was scored by Mackenzie Orlik who crossed the finish line in 13.17 seconds in the 100 meter dash. The other Viking girls to contribute to the total point score were: Newcomer’s second in the long jump, Orlik’s second in the 400 meter run and third in the 800 meter run. Junior Marlee Sims chipped in two third place throws in the shot put and discus and Senior Abby Bender contributed with a fourth place throw in the discus.
The other girls making their debuts for the Lady Vikings this season were Freshman Robyn Bender in the shot put and discus, Junior Madeleine Martin in the mid-distances, Junior Kaity Taylor in the throws and long jump.
“I am very proud of the way we performed in some adverse conditions and am looking forward to our next meet,” said Assistant Track Coach Leesa Kuhn.
The North Posey high school boys’ track team also opened their 2013 season in a triangular track meet at Central High School versus Central and South Spencer. Although the boys were bested by the host school, who scored 87 1/2 points, and South Spencer, who scored 42 1/2 points, to North Posey’s 32 points, the boys had many solid performances.
North Posey could manage just two firsts in the meet with Senior shot putter Austin Little leading the way with a throw of 41 feet 5 inches and Senior Mitchell Kuhn who won the 400 in 54.3 seconds.
The Vikings had three second place finishes with the 4 X 800 meter team of Junior Jonah Quirk, Junior Mitchell Heldt, Junior Shane Martin, and Junior Jonah Cobb carrying the baton, Senior Alex Goebel finished second in the high jump, and Junior Zach Wargel threw for a second place in the discus. Cobb, Kuhn, Martin, and Wargel all finished in third place in the 110 meter high hurdles, 100 meter run, 3,200 meter run, and shot put, respectively.
North Posey had three fourth-place finishes in the 400 meter run by Junior A.J. Sims, the 800 meter run by Heldt, and in the 200 meter run by Kuhn. Also getting their feet wet at Central were Junior thrower Pat Donovan, Sophomore sprinter Cory Kern, Sophomore sprinter Lance Inkenbrandt, Freshman sprinter and thrower Derek Motz, Sophomore runner and thrower Gabe Mayer, Sophomore sprinter and hurdler Collin Russell, and Freshman sprinter Max Wright,
“I am hoping that everyone gets a chance to crack the scoring column this year,” said Head Track Coach Mike Kuhn. “Both the boys and the girls are working very hard to improve and are looking forward to our next meet,” he added.
Both the boys and girls are next in action on Thursday, April 8 at Princeton High School at 5 p.m.
By Dave Pearce
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