The lady Marauders had a hot start to the season winning 6 of the 11 contested events at Lawrence Central on Wednesday night. Although the meet was unscored due to not contesting the 200, 400, 800, 3200, or discus, the Marauders held the upper hand by a small margin over the extremely competitive Bears.
There were some very welcome surprises along with a bevy of growing pains, but it felt amazing to be back out on the track after taking the 2020 season off due to Covid.
Event Scorers on the night:
Pole Vault- 1st- SOPH Riley Nielsen
Long Jump- 3rd- SOPH Mariam Konate
4×800- 1st- Team of JR. Morgan Tharp, JR. Lydia Carrell, FR. Emma Gasiorek, and JR. Alex Overshiner
100 Hurdles- 1st- FR. Anna Stanfield, 2nd- SR. Raelyn Stanfield
1600- 1st-JR. Morgan Tharp, 2nd- JR. Lydia Carrell, 3rd-FR. Allie Jenson
300 Hurdles- 1st- FR. Anna Stanfield, 3rd SR. Raelyn Stanfield
4×400- 1st- Team of JR. Morgan Tharp, FR. Emma Gasiorek, JR. Alex Overshiner, and SOPH Maddie Butterly
It should also be noted that the 4×100 team of SOPH Mya Eppert, SOPH Riley Nielsen, JR Morgan Kille, and SOPH Mariam Konate placed 2nd but ran the fastest 4×100 for Mt. Vernon since 2016.
High Jump was “no heighted” by both LC and MV in the stiff wind.
“It was a great start to the season,” said Coach Coy. “We were just training through, but it felt great to be back on the track again. We were faster/longer/higher in almost every event than we were at the END of the season two years ago. That is major progress. Obviously Riley going over 10 foot in the pole vault with 20+ MPH winds is a major pick up. Morgan Tharp was a workhorse tonight winning all her events. Then I’m not sure where that last leg from Maddie Butterly came from on the 4×400 to take the win. I knew she had potential, but that was far beyond what I was expecting on March 10th. Our short sprinters had their work cutout for themselves when racing the likes of All-American Taylor Herbert, but they held their own. I couldn’t be more pleased to start the season.”
The JV girls also competed in the meet, with several girls earning potential relay and varsity spots as the season progresses.
Way to start off with a bang ladies!!!