GHS girls finish first at second home meet

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GRAFTON—The Grafton High School boys and girls track teams hosted their second home track meet of the season, Tuesday night, at McKinney Field.

The Bearcats welcomed teams from Lincoln, Preston County, South Harrison and Philip Barbour.

In the girls division, the Bearcats finished in first place, with a total of 119 points, while, in the boys division, the Cats placed seventh with 71 points.

In individual competition, Alyssa Wright placed first in the 100-meter dash for the Lady Bearcats, and Micah Collins finished first in the high jump.

In the 200-meter dash, Suzie Clelland placed first, with a time of 29.87. Sydney Keener kept her senior year rolling as she placed third in the 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles and the long jump.

In the relay events, the team of Rachel McKinney, Wright, Amber Poling and Clelland placed first in the 4x100 relay, while Shayna Boyle, Sydeny Puchalski, Alison Utter and Clelland finished second in the 4x200.

The Cats also finished second in the 4x800 relay and the 4x100 meter shuttle.

The 4x800 team consists of Kaycie Cochran, Josie Grass, Emily Knotts and Morgan Loomis. The 4x100 shuttle team consists of Brooklyn Perks, Loomis, Wright and Keener.

“I can’t tell you how impressed I am with this bunch of girls, and their desire to improve,” said first year head coach Becky Lake. “Several girls are stepping out of their comfort zones, trying new events and proving to be very successful.”

“Brooklyn Perks took a shot at the high jump clearing 4-6, just under leader Micah Collins’s jump of 4-8. Alyssa Wright, who finished first in the 100 meter, stepped up to fill a vacant spot in the shuttle hurdle relay, and is proving to be an asset to that quad. Our 4x100 relay team once again knocked almost a second off their time, setting another season personal record. Freshman Josie Grass and Emily Knotts are continuing to whittle away at their 800 times, dropping several seconds every meet, as is Amanda Moran in the 400-meter run,” she added.

Tristenn Cochran continued his winning ways, as he placed first in the 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles. He also placed second in the 200-meter dash.

In the boys relay events, the team of Blaise Nibert, Luke Nibert, Alex Shelton and Hunter Taylor placed third in the 4x200, and the team of Emory Armstrong, Matthew Cather, Dakota Norris and Logan Miller finished third in the 4x800 meter relay.

“Everyone is getting better, and overall our times are dropping,” said head coach Wes Norris. 

Tristenn is having a really successful senior tour, which is great to see because of all of the hard work he has put in over the off season,” he added.

The Bearcats will be back in action tonight, as they travel to Rachel, to run at North Marion High School.

The next home meet for the Cats will be May 2. 

“We only have one home meet remaining in our schedule, and I’d like to invite everyone to come out Tuesday, May 2 and support this great group of athletes,” concluded Coach Lake. 

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