Well rounded track team busy with meets


B y Jaime Thomas

The Horde track team has been on its feet the past week, traveling to various meets and competitions.

Following a couple of well-placed meets, the team didn’t fare as well against Stillwater and Lake George on Tuesday when they came in third overall.

Though they couldn’t quite beat their opponents, some members of the Golden Horde were still able to place.

“Jake Williams did well; the whole distance team did very well,” Coach Jay Condon said. Williams was a jack of all trades, placing in a variety of events. He came in first for the boys 400-meter hurdles in 1:05.3, second for the boys high jump, reaching 5 feet 6 inches and fifth for the boys shot put with a throw of 35-06.

The 4 x 800-meter team, consisting of Russ Ahlfeld, Brandon Thomas, Brendan Boyea and Justin Williams, cut off 10 seconds from the Horde’s previous meet with a time of 10 minutes 39 seconds.

Condon said freshman Emily Fox did well for the girls. She came in first for the 100-meter hurdles, finishing in 18.3 seconds and was also part of the girls 4 x 400-meter relay team.

This meet came several days after the second annual Warrior Relays in Stillwater. Though Granville didn’t win the competition, several students made significant achievements.

Heather Chapman and Suzannah VanGelder, as the two best throwers on the Horde, had their marks added together for a winning discus team total of 175-3.75.

“Heather and Sue as a relay team in the discus broke the meet record. We actually owned the old meet record too,” Condon said. The old record, which was set last year in part by Chapman, was 171-05.

Overall, the girls placed 11 out of 17 teams while the boys came in last out of 16 teams.

The previous Tuesday, both the boys and girls outscored Waldorf 94-9 and 87-3, respectively, but fell to Tamarac and host Corinth.

Taylor Scribner made her mark, placing second in the girls 100-meter dash at 13.6 and third in the 200-meter dash. She also ran for the second place ‘A’ 4 x 100-meter relay team along with Hannah Jones, Katarina Thomas and Fox, finishing in 55.9 seconds. Jones also came first in the 100-meter dash, while Hannah Gould was second in the 1500-meter run.

Heather Chapman beat out her opponents in both the shot put and discus throw.

For the boys, Jake Williams took first place in both the 100 and 200-meter dash, and Gabe Pratt was first in the 400.

The Horde will compete in Salem next Tuesday at 4:15 p.m.

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