The weather continues to cooperate and we had another great track meet at the JAG on Thursday afternoon. The Eagles of Graham-Kapowsin made the long Meridian commute and we took advantage of the good competition and weather to notch several season and lifetime bests. It was a close battle on the men’s side, with the Jaguars narrowly defeating the Eagles, while the women had a strong outing to earn their first league victory of the year. Both teams 1-0 in the young season.

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The meet got started in style, with some solid performances in the 100/110 hurdles for the men and women. DaShawn Jackson ran a lifetime best and missed second place by .01, running 16.33 for third in the 110 high hurdles. On the women’s side, seniors Karlee Stueckle and Mareonna Henderson went 1-2, running 15.21 and 17.11 for season bests. Henderson came back to win the 300 hurdles by over six seconds (48.19), while DaShawn was joined by teammate Jarin Watson in a great 1-2 finish in the men’s hurdles, running 43.52 and 43.85.

In the sprints, Stueckle came back from the hurdles to win the 400 handily, running 59.91 for the win, while teammates Carley Huberand Bailey Miller finished second and third to complete the sweep. The men’s and women’s 100 and 200 saw over 30 personal bests (see complete results), led by scorers Hanna Miller and Haylie Garske with their 1-3 finish in the 200, while Taylor Willis and Jade Williamsfinished 2nd and 3rd in the 100. The 400 also saw a win from 400 rookie Yahir Gonzalez, who now has back-to-back wins in the 400 to start his young career.

The distance events saw a scoring barrage from the Jaguars. With clean sweeps in both the men’s and women’s 800, Allen Fox, Ben Clarke, and Brian Lampert led the men, with only .12 separating first and second, while the women also had a close battle, with Roz Slichko narrowly defeating teammate Sophia Brown (less than a second), who was closely followed by Sydney Colbern. The 1600 meters was nearly as impressive, with Drew Hovde winning on the men’s side (4:44) and Adam Volkman rounding out scoring with a third place finish; the women completed the sweep, led by senior Emma Colley, and followed by senior Breana Burge and sophomore Yeena Kee. Not to be outdone, in the penultimate event of the evening, Emma Bates and Emily Wells led a 1-2 finish for the Jags in the 3200, with Bates running a season best and Emily running a lifetime best of 12:22 for second; junior Adam Volkman earned the big victory on the men’s side with his wire-to-wire victory in the 3200.

The throwers had a good day with an abundance of personal bests as many of the newcomers learn this tricky craft. The highlights of the day included a new personal best for sophomore Jonah Mains, who put the shot out to 46’5 and had a great series, while senior Daniel Lewis joined the 100’ discus club with his toss of 100’2” for fourth. Senior track-newby Brian Lampert also had a big toss in the javelin, throwing 123’8” for second place in a close competition.

The Jags racked up plenty of points in the jumps. With clean sweeps in both horizontal jumps on the women’s side, with long jumpers Sammie McGinty, Jade Williams, and Jordan Williams cleaning house and Jade Williams, Taylor Willis, and Jacqueline Cazaras-Blasdoing the same in the triple jump. The boys’ high jumpers accomplished the same feat, with Hugo NtandaKJ Saunders, and Michael Saunders leading the way – for Hugo, it was his first high school victory!

There were plenty of other great performances, personal bests, and season highlights. I encourage you to look through the complete results and see the great things that our Jags are doing! We will be hosting another meet on Wednesday, April 4th against Curtis High School at the JAG. Hope to see everyone there for our last home meet of the year and our senior night!

Bob FreyComment