Friday, May 6, 2016

Junior High Girls Cap Off Season with GRC Title; Boys Come Two Points Short

Worth County’s girls capped off their season with a GRC title and victory lap, while the boys came up two points short against South Harrison Thursday afternoon. Worth County’s girls repeated their result from the week before when they doubled up Albany, getting 162 team points to 73 for Albany. Braymer had 65, Maysville had 54, Gallatin 30, Princeton 22, Polo 19, Stanberry 16, South Harrison 13, and King City 11.

On the boys side, South Harrison won with 92 points. Worth County had 91, Gallatin 73, King City 49, Princeton and Polo 45, Maysville 33, Stanberry 22, Braymer 10, and Albany 4.

Anna Gladstone was third in the 200 with 28.73 as she was edged out by Emily Poppa of Albany (28.66) and Jasmine Taylor of Braymer (28.04).

The girls placed two in the 800. Braidy Hunt was locked in a close race with Gabby Newman of Albany and came out second with a time of 2:41.61 to Newman’s 2:38.52. Kristin New was 6th and got a personal best time of 2:56.85.

Kristin New also got a personal best in the 1600, where she knocked 13 seconds off her time and finished 3rd with a time of 6:25.88.

Worth County finished 1-2-3 in the 100 Hurdles as teams could enter three in each event. Anna Gladstone this time had two teammates pushing her in the finals as Nevada Hoff jumped out in front with Jill Hardy also in the running. Anna Gladstone came close to a personal best with a time of 17.22 to Hoff’s 18.44. Jill Hardy was third with a time of 18.70, close to a personal best. It would have been lower if she had not caught her foot on the third to last hurdle.

Braymer was put in the slow heat in the 4x100, but they put up a surprise result by winning the event with a time of 58.55. Worth County and Maysville fought a battle for what turned out to be second and third, with Maysville getting a time of 58.95 and Worth County getting a time of 59.48.

In the 4x200, Worth County started off next to last, but with the inner lane, they caught up steadily and passed runners along the way. Finally, they finished a close second behind Maysville as the Wolverines posted a time of 2:03.28 and Worth County was right behind at 2:04.30.

The 4x400 was no contest as Worth County took an early lead and held off Gallatin by over three seconds; the team of Braidy Hunt, Megan Cassavaugh, Jill Hardy, and Regan Allee won with a time of 4:47.65 to Gallatin’s 4:51.04.

Anna Gladstone and Alexia Sweiger (King City) resumed their duel in the High Jump. The last person other than them to stay in the race was Anna Spainhower, who dropped out at 4 feet. Finally, Sweiger began faltering, barely clearing 4’8” before aborting several attempts and missing 4’10”, which Anna Gladstone cleared with ease to take first place. Anna showed her 5 foot performance the week before was no accident.

Worth County placed three in the Pole Vault as Regan Allee matched a personal best to win with 8 feet. Keelin Engel followed with 7’6” and Hannah McElvain tied for third with 6’6”.

Anna Gladstone barely cleared 14 feet on three of her jumps in the Long Jump, but it only takes one good jump and she cleared 15’4¾” on her other attempt to win. She was pushed hard by Emily Poppa (Albany), who finished second with a jump of 14’3½”.

The girls placed three in the Triple Jump. Kristin New was third with a leap of 27’11”. Braidy Hunt was fifth with a jump of 27’7”. Anna Spainhower was sixth with a jump of 26’6¼”.

Merrideth Spiers showed that her recent throw of over 40 feet in the Shot Put was no accident as she won the event with a throw of 39’9½”. She turned back a strong challenge from Emily Brown (Maysville), who threw 37’6½”. Kaylee McElvain was third with a throw of 30’7½”.

Spiers also won the Discus with a throw of 98 feet. McElvain was third with a throw of 78’8½” and Lauren Moore placed for the first time all year as she got fourth with a throw of 75’3½”.

On the boys side, Andrew Alarcon was fifth in the 100 with a time of 13.11.

Daniel Craven was sixth in the 800 with a time of 2:36.37. He also placed in the 1600, getting fourth with a time of 5:32.57.

The boys finished 1-2 in the 100 Hurdles and placed three. Jaxson Anderson’s final lunge beat out Lucky Gladstone by one hundredth of a second. Anderson won with a time of 16.85, while Gladstone had a time of 16.86. Zayne Swope had his best time of the year, getting a time of 18.94.

All three relay teams placed. The 4x100 was fourth with a time of 57 seconds. The 4x200 was third with a time of 1:51.52. The 4x400 was fourth with a time of 4:22.59.

Lucky Gladstone was 6th in the High Jump with a leap of 4’8”.

Worth County finished 1-2 in the Pole Vault. Daniel Craven won with a vault of 9 feet. Nate Adwell was nudged out on tiebreaks, also getting 9 feet.

The boys placed two in the Long Jump. Jaxon Anderson was second in the event with a leap of 16’3½”. Andrew Alarcon was sixth with a jump of 15’6”.

Jaxson Anderson was also nudged out in the Triple Jump, getting second with a jump of 33’10”.

Collin Haffey (South Harrison) also got 33’10” and won on tiebreaks.

Wyatt Latham was third in the Shot Put with a throw of 35’½” and second in the Discus with a throw of 98’8”.

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