A blustery spring evening with a constant threat of rain welcomed the boys and girls track teams from the Southern Hills Athletic Conference to Ripley High School last Friday night for the annual league track meet. Despite the chilly conditions, there were memorable performances all the way around as a big crowd cheered on their respective squads.
For the four schools from here in Adams County, it was a profitable night as 11 different individuals or relay teams were crowned as SHAC champions for their first place overall finishes, led by the West Union duo of Jeffrey Franklin and Ashley Hackworth, who together combined to win five individual titles. It was also a memorable night a for a determined Manchester boys 4 x 100 relay squad who won the SHAC while also setting a new school record in the event.
There were also two more school records broken by West Union athletes as the Dragons continue a season of rewriting the record books, Hackworth in the 800M and the girls 4 x 400 relay team.
The 2014 SHAC team championships went to the Lady Warriors of Eastern on the girls side and for the boys, it was a league title trophy for the Lynchburg Mustangs.
As always, the meet began with the field events and Peebles senior Sidney Pell notched a league title in the Girls Shot Put with her throw of 36’9” in the finals and then picked up a second place finish in the Discus with a throw of 88’8” in the final round.
Manchester junior Tess Burns successfully defended her Girls High Jump title, winning the SHAC with a jump of 5’2” in her final round. Burns’ teammate Bethany Sweeney picked up a third place finish in the Girls Long Jump, landing at a distance of 14’4.5.”
West Union’s Franklin began his impressive night by taking the SHAC title in the Boys Long Jump, easily outdistancing the competition with a jump of 20’7” in the finals. In the Boys Shot Put, Manchester’s Jordan Franklin placed third with a toss of 38’1” and teammate Jeff Young was fifth in the Boys Discus with a throw of 101’9”.
The action then moved to the eight-lane track for the running events and in the Girls 100M Hurdles, Manchester’s Summer Wilbur finished second in a time of 18.5 and then came back, though bothered with a sore knee, to place second again in the the 300M Hurdles, dropping both events to the winner, Abby Fultz of Eastern.
In the Girls 100M Dash, it was West Union’s Madigan Marshall placing fourth with a time of 13.7 in the final heat, still earning five points for the team score of the Lady Dragons. The Boys 100M Dash was title number two on the night for West Union’s Franklin as he crossed the finish line in the final heat at a blazing 11.2 seconds.
“Jeffrey was his usual amazing self tonight,” said West Union track coach Jason Little.
Marshall came back later to place second in the Girls 200M Dash with a time of 28.3 in the finals and the 200M was another triumph for Franklin as his athletic stride took him across the finish line in a time of 23.7.
“The 100M and 200M races were so close this year that our volunteers even had a hard time placing the runners,” said Little. “The SHAC will have to find a way to use fully automatic timing at next year’s meet.”
West Union’s Hackworth continued her impressive 2014 by winning the SHAC title in the Girls 400M in a final heat time of 1:02.5. She grabbed her second SHAC championship and broke the West Union school record in the 800M with a time of 2:32.5.
“Ashley ran her best times ever in both the 400 and 800 and Madigan ran well in the 100 and 200,” added Little.
In the Boys 400M Dash, Manchester’s Jordan Freeman faced some stiff competition and finished third in a time of 55.5.
In the distance events, Manchester’s duo of Shyanne Tucker and Amanda Farthing took third and fourth respectively in the Girls 1600 M with Farthing later winning the grueling 3200M race in a time of 13:18.00. In the Boys 1600 and 3200, West Union’s Jakeb Tadlock placed fifth.
In most track meets, the relay races are quite entertaining for the crowd and on Friday in the Girls 4 x100, the Manchester quartet of Samantha Aldridge, McKayla Smith, Bethany Sweeney, and Katie Fetters were crowned as SHAC champions, winning the event in a time of 57.0. The trio of Aldridge, Smith, and Fetters with the addition of Xena Crummie placed second in the 4 x 200 relay with the West Union foursome of Hannah Baldwin, Cassidy Blythe, Rebekah McCarty, and Lexie Hanes placing right behind in third.
The Lady Dragons brought home an SHAC title in the 4 x 400 relay and set that school record in the process. The group of Madigan Marshall, McCarty, Shannon Runyan, and Hackworth etched their names in the WUHS record books with a winning time of 4:37.3. In the 4 x 800 relay, it was the Manchester team of Lydia Lopez, Farthing, Kelsey Friend, and Tucker finishing in second with their time of 11:34.00.
Four Manchester boys ( Brendon Kessler, Daniel Hernandez, Ryan Day, Jordan Freeman) made the 4 x 100 race a memorable one for themselves, as their “aerodynamic” shaved legs did the trick as they set a new school record and won the SHAC with a time of 47.7. That same group placed second in the 4 x 200 relay in a time of 1:41.4 and third in the 4 x 400 in a time of 3:57.1.
When the long night came to a conclusion and the team scores were tabulated for the final time, the standings were as follows:
GIRLS: Eastern 172, Manchester 104.5, Lynchburg 85.5, West Union 63, Whiteoak 54, Ripley 54, Fayetteville 23, Peebles 18, Fairfield 4.
BOYS: Lynchburg 136, Eastern 129, Ripley 97, Manchester 63, Fairfield 56, West Union 46, Whiteoak 31, Fayetteville 30, Peebles 13, North Adams 3.
“With our girls placing second and boys fourth, it was nice to see good performances on both sides,” said Manchester head coach Dustin Cook.
“Our kids did an outstanding job at Ripley and represented West Union well,” said Coach Little. “The girls were fantastic. They finished fourth behind three schools with a whole lot more girls. They run with heart and pride every time they step on the track.”
“The boys did well too. Five of our boys are either freshmen or first year track runners, usually running against more experienced opponents. They have come a long way this season and Coach Niece (Assistant Coach Buddy Niece) and I are proud of their efforts. It looks like the SHAC will be sending some athletes to regionals/state this season.”
Following is a list of Adams County individuals.groups who scored points for the respective teams in Friday’s SHAC Meet:
Girls 100M: 4. M. Marshall (WUHS) 13.7, 7. K. Fetters (MHS) 14.2
Girls 200M: 2. M. Marshall (WUHS) 28,3, 7. X. Crummie (MHS) 34.4
Girls 400M: 1. A. Hackworth (WUHS) 1:02.5, 5. R. Stamm (MHS) 1:15.5, 7. K. Friend (MHS) 1:16.7
Girls 800M: 1. A. Hackworth (WUHS) 2:32.5, 5. L. Lopez (MHS) 2:59.00, 7. S. Runyan (WUHS) 3:02.8
Girls 1600M: 3. S. Tucker (MHS) 6:12.7, 4. A. Farthing (MHS) 6:15.1
Girls 3200M: 1. A. Farthing (MHS) 13:18.00
Girls 100M Hurdles: 2. S. Wilbur (MHS) 18.5
Girls 300M Hurdles: 2. S. Wilbur (MHS) 55.9, 6. R. McCarty (WUHS) 1:00.7
Girls 4 x 100: 1. MHS 57.0, 4. WUHS 59.6
Girls 4 x 200: 2. MHS 2:02.0, 3. WUHS 2:05.5
Girls 4 x 400: 1. WUHS 4:37.3, 4. MHS 5:21.8
Girls 4 x 800: 2. MHS 11:34.00
Girls High Jump: 1. T. Burns (MHS) 5’2”
Girls Long Jump: 3. B. Sweeney (MHS) 14’4.5”, 5. R. McCarty (WUHS) 13’0”
Girls Shot Put: 1. S. Pell (PHS) 36’9”
Girls Discus: 2. S. Pell (PHS) 88’8”, 8. M. Smith (MHS) 61’7”
Boys 100M Dash: 1. J. Franklin (WUHS) 11.2, 4. B. Kessler (MHS) 11.9
Boys 200M Dash: 1. J. Franklin (WUHS) 23.7, 5. D. Hernandez (MHS) 25.4, 8. J. McComas (NAHS) 26.3
Boys 400M Dash: 3. J. Freeman (MHS) 55.5, 7. S. Kelley (PHS) 58.7
Boys 800M: 8. J. Behr (PHS) 2:30.4
Boys 1600M: 5. J. Tadlock (WUHS) 5:01.6
Boys 3200M: 5. J. Tadlock (WUHS) 11:08.8
Boys 110M Hurdles: 6. B. Streetman (MHS) 20.6
Boys 300M Hurdles: 7. B. Streetman (MHS) 52.8, 8. J. Aldridge (MHS) 52.9
Boys 4 x 100: 1. MHS 47.7, 6. WUHS 53.9
Boys 4 x 200: 2. MHS 1:41.4, 4. WUHS 1:46.9
Boys 4 x 400: 3. MHS 3:57.1, 4. PHS 4:12.6
Boys 4 x 800: 5. MHS 12:03.9
Boys High Jump: 5. B. Young (MHS) 5’4”
Boys Long Jump: 1. J. Franklin (WUHS) 20’7”, 7. J. McComas (NAHS) 17’0”
Boys Shot Put: 3. J. Franklin (MHS) 38’1”, 6. S. Roberts (PHS) 36’4”
Bosy Discus: 5. J. Young (MHS) 101’9”, 7. S. Roberts (PHS) 100’10”