Friday, April 29, 2016

Anna Gladstone Shatters JH High Jump Meet Record at Worth County

Worth County’s girls doubled Albany and ran away with their home meet while the boys won their first meet of the year after coming close the last two times. Anna Gladstone shattered the meet record for the High Jump with a leap of 5 feet, nudging out Alysa Lyle, who had jumped 4’11”.

One of the most exciting races of the afternoon came in the High Jump. Anna Spainhower failed to clear the 4’4” bar, leaving her fifth at 4’2”, which left Gladstone to compete with Darius Skillen (Rock Port), Shai Dailey (North West Nodaway), and Alexia Sweiger (King City).

The remaining four competitors all cleared 4’4” and 4’6, setting up a showdown at 4’8”. Anna cleared her personal best mark at 4’8”, then cleared 4’10” on her second try as Skillen dropped out after failing to clear 4’8”. Anna Gladstone went first on the five foot bar and barely missed the first time. Then, she started farther back than she had previously, got a better runup to the bar, and easily cleared five feet the second time, putting her other two rivals on the spot.

Dailey kept running at the bar on the five foot leg and pulling up, but kept clipping the bar with her shoulder. Meanwhile, Sweiger had kept clearing the bar effortlessly even though she was starting her run much closer than the other competitors. She nearly matched Gladstone at five feet, but on her second jump, she clipped the bar with her foot as she came down and missed her third try as well, handing Gladstone the victory.

Gladstone’s jump of five feet was six inches better than her previous personal best, and came after a long layoff from high jumping.

Worth County’s girls won with 132 points in the team rankings as that outcome was never in suspense. Albany had 63.33, Rock Port had 55, and Jefferson 42. On the boys side, Worth County had 82, East Atchison 57, Gallatin 56, and Rock Port 54.

Gladstone was third in the 200 with a time of 29.69.

Braidy Hunt got off to a slow start in the 800, but got stronger as the meet progressed and chased down Hannah Miller of Gallatin on the final lap to take second with a time of 2:47.46 to Miller’s 2:51.93. Gabby Newman (Albany) was first with a time of 2:44.15.

Normally, Kristin New places in the 800, but she didn’t place this time. However, competing in the 1600, she nailed down third place, fending off several challenges to pass her. Finally, she put on a burst of speed in the last 100 yards to catch Beth Davis (Rock Port) and take second with a time of 6:39.57 to Davis’ 6:40.15. Hailey Stoll (Stanberry) won with a time of 6:28.80.

Anna Gladstone, who has her sights on Liz Lyle's mark of 17.11, won the 100 Hurdles handily with one of her best times of the year at 17.60. She did so because she was pushed hard by teammate Jill Hardy, who got a personal best and finished second with a time of 18.74. Anna’s result would have placed her second on the boys side.

The 4x100 Relay Team finished fourth with a time of 1:00.07. Worth County handily won the 4x200 with a time of 2:05.84, over three seconds ahead of the second place finish. The 4x400 team took the lead in the second leg, but ran out of steam and finished third with a time of 4:55.72.

Worth County got another 1-2 finish in the Pole Vault. Regan Allee won with a vault of 8 feet, nearly toppling Claire Andrews’ meet record of 8’3” in the process. Keelin Engel was second with a vault of 7’6”.

Jumping into a stiff north wind, Anna Gladstone was the one person who mastered the conditions in the Long Jump, winning with a leap of 15 feet. That was almost two feet ahead of the next best competitor.

Kristin New was fourth in the Triple Jump with a jump of 26’7¼” and Braidy Hunt was right behind at fifth with a jump of 26’2”.

Merrideth Spiers ran into some stiff competition in the Shot Put and finished second to Camie Vaughn (East Harrison), getting a throw of 36’½” to Vaughn’s 37’6½”. Kaylee McElvain was fourth with a throw of 31’2”.

Spiers was also second to Vaughn in the Discus, where she threw 99 feet for second place to Vaughn’s 101’1”. McElvain was third with a throw of 93’11”.

On the boys side, Andrew Alarcon barely qualified for the 200, but then ran way over his head and finished third with a time of 27.11.

Daniel Craven was fifth with a time of 2:36.36.

Lucky Gladstone was second in the 100 Hurdles with a time of 17.63. Jaxon Anderson was fourth with a time of 17.90.

Worth County was fourth in the 4x100 with a time of 55.19, second in the 4x200 with a time of 1:53.46, and fifth in the 4x400 with a time of 4:35.98.

Lucky Gladstone was third on tiebreaks in the High Jump with a jump of 5 feet.

Worth County was 1-2 in the Pole Vault. Nathan Adwell won with a vault of 9’6”, while Daniel Craven was second with a vault of 9 feet.

Jaxon Anderson won the Triple Jump with a jump of 33’9”.

Wyatt Latham was second in the Shot Put with a throw of 33’11”. He finished third in the Discus with a throw of 106’9½”.

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