With the Region 1-AAA track and field championships coming up Saturday at Muhlenberg County High School in Greenville, Marshall County had vigorous tests in two rain-altered meets last week.
Skyler Van Meter and Cody Gregory set school records as the Marshals finished second in both boys and girls competition in the Twilight Relays, postponed by rain from April 27 to April 30.
Van Meter, a sophomore, had a winning effort of six feet, eight inches in the high jump, while Gregory, a junior, had a 13-foot, 3-inch effort to win the pole vault. Gregory also won the javelin throw.
In team standings, the Marshall County boys were second to Fort Campbell, 122 points to 117. Clarksville (Tenn.) Rossview was third with 92, followed by Lone Oak (71) and Graves County (51).
Rossview won the girls competition, 139-131 over the Lady Marshals. Fort Campbell (125), Graves County (56) and Livingston Central (41) rounded out the top five.
In addition to the high jump and pole vault victories, individual event wins for Marshall County included senior Tanner Pollard in the discus throw.
The Marshals also won the 4x800 relay.
On the girls’ side, junior Devan Doss won the pole vault, with freshman Maddy Mensch second. Junior Chelsea Beard and sophomore Amber Crawford were 1-2 in the discus throw and Crawford won the javelin throw.
The Lady Marshals won the 4x100 shuttle hurdle event.
Six event records were also established by MC athletes. The Twilight field events consider the best efforts of two competitors to get a combined distance or height. Under that format, girls records were set by Alyssa Barnard and Paige Henson (triple jump, 63 feet, 6 inches) and Doss and Mensch (pole vault, 18-6). Barnard and Michaela Manley tied the mark for high jump with a total of 9-8.
Three records were set in boys competition as well, including Van Meter and Reed (high jump, 12-8), Cody Gregory and Casey Gregory (pole vault, 22-0) and Cody Gregory and Ryan Wells (javelin, 264-3.5).
On Saturday, in the rain-abbreviated Area 1 Championship meet at Paducah Tilghman High School, Ryan Wells and Devan Doss set event records and Gregory took second in the pole vault with an effort that equaled the event record set by the winner.
Wells, a senior, ran the 100 meter dash in 10.90 seconds, nipping Jefferson Alexander of Christian County, who timed at 11.10 seconds.
Doss, who won the pole vault with a 10-3 showing in the Twilight Relays on Tuesday, vaulted 10-7 at Tilghman on Saturday.
Gregory improved on his Twilight Relays mark with a 13-7 showing, but was bested by Murray’s Stephen Orr, who got the win and the record by beating Gregory on total misses at that height.
The Lady Marshals held a slim lead and the boys were fourth after rain halted the Area 1 championships on Friday at Paducah Tilghman High School’s Memorial Stadium field.
With nine events scored, the Lady Marshals beat Hopkinsville 48.5 points to 46.5, with Lone Oak (45), Christian County (43) and Paducah Tilghman (40) close behind.
With eight boys events scored, Tilghman took a 60-44 win over Hopkinsville. Christian County was third at 42, with the Marshals (28) and Lone Oak (27) in a tight battle for fourth place.
n Joseph Reed, Jackson Reed, Kensley Bowerman and Tristan Prange set a middle school record in the 4 x 800 relay in the April 27 Marshall Middle School Invitational meet with a time of 9:33.35.
This beats the previous record by 5 seconds and is also the fastest middle school time in the state this year, according to MCHS coach Cory Westerfield.