Varsity Track advances to area

Tim Vodegel, writer

After finishing 3rd overall at the district on meet on April 12th, the Lady Hornets competed at the area track meet on April 19th. The Boys’ Track team had a strong showing at the 20-5A District Track meet with many athletes achieving personal bests for the season.

“I am very proud of my District performance this year, especially for being on the varsity team as a freshman and making it this far in the competition. The best part of district this year was getting good times, keep improving and getting the hard work paid off by placing in every meet. I am most proud of new best times in several distances and being able to compete in the area meet,” freshman Jordan Collins said.

The 4 x 100m and 4 x 200m team which includes Alyssa Fielder, Markayla Johnson, Rukiah Utley, and Jordan Collins qualified for the regional competition in Webster on April 26th.

“My district performance was pretty good, I qualified for area at all three events that I compete in. The best part of this season was again to be able to come together and compete as a team. I am very proud of the teams and my performance in the 4x200m distance at the area meet when we run our fastest time,” junior Alyssa Fielder said.

All seven of the girls that competed all qualified for the regional meet next week in Webster. The girls 4×200m team run a time of 143.4. The girls finish second overall at the area meet showing lots of heart and courage. The Lady Hornets finished second overall at area meet. Alyssa Fielder also qualified in the open 400 and Markayla Johnson qualified in the open 200. Jeneka Jackson and Kylee Lehman qualified and shotput Rukiah Utley qualified in the triple jump.

“District this year for me was very successful, I got first place in the 200m distance at the district meet and I also advanced to regionals after a good performance at the area track meet. The thing that I am most proud of is the success that I had so far, it just shows that the hard work that all of us put in this season payed of, that gave me the chance to compete at the regionals,“ senior Markayla Johnson said.

Advancing to the area round was David Schneider in the 110 Hurdles. Jayden Baker was the district champion in the 100 with a time of 11:12. Beating his district time, Jayden Baker advanced to the 5A Region 3 meet with a second-place finish in the 100 with a time of 10.82.

“My District performance this year was really good, I qualified for the regionals at the district and area meet. The best part of this season for me was just getting the chance to compete in the 100m distance and winning first place,” junior Jayden Baker said.