By Steven Kochersperger
The Mount Vernon track team hosted the Princeton Tigers in a dual meet two weeks ago on Tuesday afternoon. And for the girls’ team it could not have gone any better. Not only did the Wildcat girls’ team win in convincing fashion but a school record was set as well in the 400 meter relay. The girls followed that performance this past week with a trip to North Posey and came away winners once again.
The 400 meter relay team of Zoee Brown, Ellen Foster, Savannah Bush, and Abby Randall set the new school record with a time of 51.56. This is very impressive considering that the track and field season has just gotten underway and it usually takes athletes a little time to build up to their best times. But the relay team peaked at just the right time to set the record against Princeton.
The Wildcats swept the relay races against the Tigers and continued their great day in all running events. Sophomore Kellen Ray won the 110-meter hurdles race with a time of 18.2 just ahead of teammates Amanda Duckworth and Madison Simpson. Ray later won the other hurdles race, the 300-meter hurdles, to add to a very impressive day for the Wildcat runners. Freshman Savannah Bush won the 100-meter dash and went on to help the relay team before winning the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.5. Hadlee Whoberry won the 800-meter run just ahead of teammates Toni Waddell and Montana Eaton while senior Lauren Stemple placed first in the 400-meter dash just ahead of her teammate Stefanie Bulla. The longest race of the evening also went to the Wildcats as junior Mackenzie McClarney finished just ahead of teammate Katie McDonald to win the 3,200-meter race and the track meet in general.
The field events also went well for the Wildcats. The Wildcats swept the long jump as Ellen Foster won the event with a distance of 15’9. Savannah Bush and Stefanie Bulla placed second and third, respectively, in the same event. Foster also placed second in the high jump just behind Princeton’s Jackie Young.
In the discus, Mount Vernon racked up more team points as Cheyenne Strobel and Kaysie Collins placed in second and third. The same was true in the pole vault as Wildcats Maggie Maier and Madison Simpson also finished in second and third place.
Altogether it was a great dual meet for the Mount Vernon girls’ team. The girls beat the Tigers with a total of 105-27 to continue their season in style. The Wildcats took that momentum to North Posey and walked away a winner once again with a score of 82-24.
It was really more of the same in the results for the Cats. December Davis won her shot put event against the Vikings with teammate Kaysie Collins coming in second behind her. The win over the Vikings helps the Wildcat team to continue their great run to begin the year.
The boys team also came out and did well against the North Posey Vikings. The boys team ran well and also had a great showing in the field events to help Mount Vernon defeat North Posey 74-27. Mount Vernon’s relay teams swept their events and that seemed to spill over to other running events as well. Junior Dane Wilson won the 1,600-meter race with a time of 5:00 with teammate Luke Rusher right behind him. Wilson went on to also win the 3,200-meter race with a time of 11:25.
Wildcat Austin Stallings won in the discus while Austin Guthrie continued his great year on the hurdles with a win in the 300-meter Hurdles.
Their run continues this week as they compete Friday and Saturday in the Mount Vernon Invitational.
By Steven Kochersperger
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