Cochran dominates hurdle events at Big Ten

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FARMINGTON—The Grafton High School track teams competed in the Big Ten Championships, last Friday, at a cold and rainy North Marion High School.

The Cats competed against teams from Bridgeport, North Marion, Liberty, Fairmont Senior, Philip Barbour, Buckhannon Upshur, Elkins, Lewis County, East Fairmont, Robert C. Byrd, Preston and Lincoln.

In the team events, the boys finished in ninth place, with a total of 24 team points, while the girls finished in eleventh place, with a total of ten points.

In the boys individual events, Tristenn Cochran continued to dominate the area competition in which he placed first in the 110 meter hurdles, and the 300 meter hurdles.

Cochran also placed fourth in the 200 meter dash. In the distance events, Logan Miller finished 13th in the 1600 meters while Logan Carr placed 12th in the 3200.

“Tristenn is wrapping up a great senior tour. He has definitely been determined all season,” said head coach Wes Norris. “The team performed well in very rainy conditions to finish the meet. We got some athletes that are pretty tough,” Norris added.

In the girls events, Sydney Keener had a solid meet, as she placed sixth in the 100 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles. Keener also placed 10th in the long jump. Kaycie Cochran also ran to an 11th place finish in the 800. In the field events, Micah Collins placed ninth in the high jump for the Lady Cats.

In the relay events the team of Brooklyn Perks, Morgan Loomis, Alyssa Wright and Keener placed third in the 4X100 shuttle hurdles while Rachel McKinney, Wright, Amber Poling and Suzie Clelland placed fifth in the 4X100 relay.

“Tougher competition proved to be exactly what this girl’s team needed this past weekend as many times dropped significantly. Kaycie Cochran ran her season best on the 800m dropping her time almost 5 seconds,” said head coach Becky Lake. “The 4x100 relay team of Rachel McKinney, Alyssa Wright, Amber Poling and Suzie Clellend bettered their time by clocking a season best 53.46.   And the shuttle hurdle team of Brooklyn Perks, Morgan Loomis, Alyssa Wright and Sydney Keener took a third for the day with a time of 1:11.46. I couldn’t be prouder of the efforts shown Saturday. It was a cold, wet day, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of this team. We are right where we need to be physically and mentally to make a statement Thursday in Keyser at the regional track meet....stay tuned,” Lake added.

The teams were back in action Thursday as they traveled to Keyser to compete in the Region Championships. The results will be in a future edition of the Mountain Statesman.

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