Saturday will be an important day for all the track athletes here in Adams County as many of them will be looking to continues their season with a move to next week’s regional tournaments. The Lady Dragons of West Union were very successful in their Division II debut on Tuesday night in Washington Courthouse and the other county teams who are all in Division II had a little tougher time at Southeastern High School on Wednesday, where bad weather and lightning strikes forced the postponement of the meet just past its midway point. Those Division III athletes will return to Southeastern on Saturday morning for a long day of competition to determine the remainder of the regional qualifiers.
For the West Union girls, it will be sophomore Madigan Marshall who will be competing in the district finals at Washington Courthouse on Saturday in three events, the 100M Dash, the 200M Dash, and the 400M Dash. Ironically, Tuesday night was here first attempt at the 400M, which shows what an outstanding and versatile runner she is. She will be joined in the 400M by teammate and classmate Ashley Hackworth, who has been consistently good in that race all spring.
Hackworth will also be looking to move to the regionals in the 800M run, another event that she has excelled in this season. Teammate Shannon Runyan will also be tackling the 800M, with hopes of moving on to regional competition.
To show just how tough the competition is with the West Union girls squad being forced to move up to Division II, the Lady Dragons’ 4 x 400 relay team (Marshall, Hackworth, Runyan, and Rebekah McCarty) finished just ninth at the district meet on Tuesday, but still managed to set a school record with a time of 4:35.25.
For reports on all the district track action and who from the county will be moving on to regional competition, check out the May 28 sports pages of The People’s Defender.
Mark Carpenter can be reached at 937-544-2391or on Twitter@adamscosports.