The Lady Marauders opened their outdoor Track and Field season on Wednesday against some stiff competition in Lawrence Central who is currently ranked 9th in the state.
In the end, the depth and experience of the Bears proved too much for the Mt. Vernon squad with the Marauders falling 89-52, but there was a lot to be excited about as the season gets rolling.
Said rookie head coach Kean Coy, “I am exceptionally pleased with the effort and grit shown by our ladies tonight. No one made excuses and everyone left it out there. Girls only dual meets can be a challenge due to the lack of rest between events, but we really had to double , triple, and quadruple some athletes to get a good training day as well. The girls’ ability to accept this with an end goal in mind will no doubt pay huge dividends down the road when we get to the important meets.”
The 4×800 team of Hannah Watson, Rylie Pearson, Kamryn Eason, and Taylor Bostic got the mid-distance team rolling early with a dominant victory in the 4×800 and then followed it up with a clean sweep in the 800 (Pearson 1st, Watson 2nd, Bostic 3rd).
Also winning their respective events for the Marauders were Kassy Ramirez in the 1600, Rilee Hartman in the 3200, and Arianna Mack in the 400.
Rounding out the scoring for the Marauders were Gracesyn Thomas (2nd in Long Jump, 2nd in High Jump), Kaylen Stewart (3rd in High Jump), Alexis Franklin (3rd in Long Jump), Grace Yeadon (3rd in Pole Vault), Vivian Hoeppner (3rd in 100H, 3rd in 300H), Arianna Mack (2nd in 100), Andrea Maynard (3rd in 1600), Mollie Reintjes (3rd in 400), and Ellie Salsbury (3rd in 3200).
The 4×100 and 4×400 both took second to a stout LC sprint squad.
JV scores were not kept, but Coach Coy commented that “it was a great opportunity for some of our younger athletes to come into a tough environment against a well-coached team and gain some experience and appreciation for what we are working towards.”
FAT (Fully Automatic Timing) was not utilized at this meet.
The Lady Marauders are back in action this Saturday as they make a long haul to Terre Haute North High School for the always competitive Patriot Invite.