DRAFFENVILLE – Marshall County’s girls took third place in a strong, deep field in the 17th annual Invitational of the South track and field meet Saturday at Carroll Traylor Stadium.
The Marshals boys’ team tied for seventh with Cape Girardeau (Mo.) Central among 22 teams posting scores in the meet, on a blustery day that turned wet before the event was finished.
Competitors representing 26 schools from six states participated.
“We were excited that the day didn’t call for rain till later in the day, and we were able to avoid it till after the 300 hurdles,” MCHS coach Cory Westerfield said.
“As far as the weather affecting performances, I don’t think it took too much of a toll on the competition as many coaches have told me their kids set personal records even though they ran their heats in the rain.”
Devan Doss and Stephanie Russell scored first-place finishes for the Lady Marshals, with Skyler Van Meter and Collin Gunn taking wins for the Marshals.
Doss, a junior, won the pole vault with a nine-foot, six-inch leap, topping Chleo Legrand of Cape Girardeau (Mo.. Central’s 9-0 effort. Freshman Maddy Mensch was fifth.
Russell, a sophomore, took the win in the 300-meter hurdles. Her time of 50.27 seconds beat T’Kia Collins of Fort Campbell, who stopped the clock at 51.35. She also finished third in the 100 hurdles, with teammate Sydney Goff sixth.
Kaylin Spiker was second in the discus throw and Vanessa Smith was third in the 1600-meter run for freshmen.
Van Meter had a 6-2 leap to win the high jump over Shaquan Nicholas of Christian County, who also had a best effort of 6-2.
Gunn ran the freshman 1600 meters in four minutes, 43.09 seconds. Joseph and Jackson Reed were sixth and ninth, respectively, in the event.
Ryan Well had a medal finish with a third in the 200-meter dash. The senior also had a sixth-place finish in the long jump.
The boys “A” team finished third in the freshman 4 x 400.
“We were very happy with the results of the meet since we were missing a few kids due to spring break,” Westerfield said. “We feel like our kids are progressing well at this point in the season, especially since we have not been able to be outside much until just recently.”
Riverdale High School of Murfreesboro, Tenn., was the team winner on the girls’ side, beating Murray by a 136.5-80.5 margin. Marshall County was close behind Murray at 72 points and narrowly ahead of fourth-place Fort Campbell, which totaled 70.
Waukegan, Ill., rounded out the top five with 60.
Among other Region 1 teams, Calloway County was 14th. Other western Kentucky schools included Henderson County (eighth), Hopkinsville (11th), South Warren (12th), Christian County (15th. and Lyon County (17th).
In boys’s competition, Daviess County edged Riverdale 124.5 to 119. West Creek of Clarksville, Tenn., was third, Fort Campbell fourth and South Warren fifth.
Marshall was the top Region 1 team. Others included Murray (10th), Heath (13th) and Calloway County (tied for 21st). Other western Kentucky schools included Christian County (sixth), Henderson County (ninth) and Hopkinsville (14th).