For The Tribune
The Brownstown Central track teams used numbers and depth to run past Crothersville and Medora on Thursday afternoon at Blevins Stadium.
The Brownstown boys won every event and scored 130 points, Medora had 14 and Crothersville scored 11. Scores for the girls were Brownstown 107, Crothersville 46 and Medora 2. It was the opening meet of the season for Brownstown and Medora, and the second meet for Crothersville.
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John McKinney had a big meet for the Braves as he won the long jump at 18-3, the 100 at 12.3, the 200 at 24.8, and he was on the 400 relay team that ran 47.6.
“I thought we had a lot of younger guys step up for their first high school meet overall with a good team victory, and of course our older guys that are more experienced, they did really well today,” Braves coach Sam Terrell said. “I don’t know if it was a surprise for them to do as well as they did. The season looks good for us as long as we keep everybody healthy, and continue to improve.”
Rob Fox won both hurdles, Clay Wilkerson won the shot put and discus, and Matthew Conrad won the 400 and 800 for the Braves.
“We definitively wanted to get this meet in,” Terrell said. “Our next meet is at Jennings County with Columbus East, and you don’t want that to be your first meet.”
Noah Hoskins led the Tigers by placing second in the 100 and 200, and he was fourth in the discus.
“Cameron (Luedeman) got a PR (personal record) in the high jump,” Tigers coach Carl Bowman said. “He cleared 5-2, which we were really pleased with. My son (Marc Bowman) has been working with him the last couple days on drills we’ve gotten from a coaches’ magazine. It was a good area to jump in.
“He did well in the 800, and Noah did a good job in both of his sprints. He got fourth in the discus. The 400 relay team was close to getting a place. The guys are working hard and still look like they enjoy what they’re doing.’’
Bailey Pfeiffer led the Hornets by finishing second in the long jump and third in the 100.
“Our seniors did real well,” first-year Hornets coach Jason Booker said. “Bailey did real well in the 100 (12.7). The younger group, for a lot of them this was their first time out, and they got a feel of what it’s going to be like for the rest of the year.
“Hopefully, it will be looking up the rest of the year. With a school our size that’s all you can do compete individually. You can’t go out for a team. We just don’t have the kids for that. All they can do is go for personal bests out here, go for school records. That’s what I tried to tell them. Don’t worry about going out against Brownstown or Crothersville, go for what the record is at your school now and try and beat it every time.”
Winning two events each for the Braves girls team were Jaedlyn Reynolds, Elisa Gallion, Alexis Koch and Olivia Goecker. Reynolds won the shot put and discus, Goecker picked up blue ribbons in the 300 hurdles and long jump, Gallion’s wins came in the 100 hurdles and 400, and Koch won the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.
“I’m definitely pleased with the throws,” Braves coach Maria Wiegel said. “We had an intra-squad meet the other week and all of the girls threw further than they did in that meet. Also I’m pleased with the freshmen across the board. I have 11 freshmen so I didn’t know what was going to happen. A lot of them stepped up in different relays and running events.
“The seniors definitely led the way, Elisa and Olivia in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. Elisa ran a pretty good leg in the open 400. Both of them are expecting good things. Jaedlyn swept the throws and she’s looking to go far, so we had a good, overall team effort.”
Katrina Christian was a triple winner for Crothersville, in the 100, 200 and long jump.
Tigers coach Cheryl Nehrt said she was especially pleased with the 3,200 relay team of Isabel Kannegiesser, Chasta Lamb, Tristan Maschino and Breanna Barger as they were first in 12:20.3.