Last Thursday night’s Portsmouth Invitational Track meet was a memorable one for many reasons, some good and some bad. The meet began at 5 p.m. and was not completed until nearly 1 a.m. in the morning. There were a total of 24 schools involved and teh high tech track scoring material was not functional so the organizers just pulled out the old “Big Red” track scorebooks, which made the scoring much more difficult and much more time-consuming.
On the good side, it was a memorable personal night for two members of the West Union track teams. Sophomore Ashley Hackworth continued her outstanding 2014 season by breaking the WUHS school record in the 800M Run. Though her time of 2:33.25 only got her second at the meet, it was good enough to break the old record of 2:38.00 held by Tess Burns. On top of that accomplishemnt, Hackworth also won the meet’s 400M Dash, coming in at a time of 1:03.3.
Dragons’ senior Jeffrey Franklin also continued a big senior season as he set a new school record in the 200M Dash. Like Hackworth, his time (23.2) was good for second place at the meet but good enough to etch his name in the West Union record books, breaking the old mark of 23.4 held by James Rosselot.Franklin also placed second in the Long Jump at Portsmouth with his effort of 20’1.5”.
Manchester’s Burns placed third in the High Jump with a jump of 5’0”.
On Saurday, the Dragon track squads helped christen the new outdoor track facility at Mason County, taking part in the Royal Rumble along with 17 other teams. There, Franklin was the winner of the Long Jump event with a leap of 19’ even.