For The Tribune
The Brownstown Central track teams used their depth to race past Jackson County rivals Crothersville and Medora at Blevins memorial Stadium Thursday afternoon.
The Brownstown boys had 144 points, Crothersville had 19 and Medora 2.
The Brownstown girls totaled 124 points, the Tigers 34 and the Hornets 3.
The coaches said their athletes overcame the cold weather to make progress.
Brooklyn Snodgrass led the Brownstown girls by winning the 100-meter dash in 13.7, the 200 in 27.5, the long jump at 15-8, and she anchored the winning 4×100 relay team. Kaelyn Johnson won the 1,600 and the 3,200.
“It was a pretty good performance,” Braves girls coach Maria Weigel said. “It was cold but we had quite a few girls that ran faster and jumped further than they did Tuesday. That is always good to see. Trentity Vaught and Grace Jaynes threw quite a bit better in discus so that was good over there. I had a pole vaulter that cleared a height for the first time. That is always a good thing.
“The hurdlers worked pretty hard. The four of them are racing each other. Quite a few of our distance girls dropped time. Snodgrass had a nice race in the 200. She was a little behind coming into the 100 and she turned it on and looked really strong in the last 100 meters. The 100 and 200 are going to be nice races for her.”
Other individual Brownstown firsts came from Shelby Stuckwsich in the shot put, Vaught in the discus, Mallory Nierman in the pole vault, Chesney Reynolds for the 100 hurdles, Sophie Kries in the 300 hurdles and Shauna Drake in the 800.
Placing first for Crothersville were Breanna Barger in the 400, Chasta Lamb in the high jump and the 4×800 relay team.
“Breanna had a good race in the 400 to win it,” Tigers coach Carl Bowman said. “Tristan (Maschino, second) had a good race in the 800. Lamb won the high jump (4-8). We won the 3,200 relay, and the other two were right there.
“It was cold, and we do have very few runners and field events people, and I think the kids overcame. When we started back at school they said it was too cold. They didn’t want to come over here. They came over here and made the best of the situation.
Lillie Hatfield placed third in the 3200 and fourth in the 400.
“Lillie, for her first time ever running track, was third in the 3,200, so that was really good for her,” Hornets coach Blake Albrecht said. “Gavin Henson has had an injury during the early part of our training and was third in the 400.
“We had a lot of kids who didn’t have enough practices in yet to be able to compete. So we had a small roster today. The kids have been working really hard going above and beyond, so we were just excited for them to come in and see the hard work is paying off. A lot of the kids we have this year just don’t have any previous experience running track, so it was kind of like a ‘Bambi’ feeling since this was their first meet.”
Andrew Kellermeier won both hurdles and the high jump and ran on the winning 4×400 relay team to lead the Brownstown boys.
Kyle Kramer and Joe Barnes were double winners as Kramer won the long jump and 400, and Barnes won both weights for the Braves.
“It’s early in the year, we’ve still got some kids that aren’t 100 percent yet,” Brownstown boys coach Sam Terrell said. “We’re very pleased with where we’re at with some of the performances we’ve seen, and we’re just doing a great job of being a team this year.
“We’re really bonding well, and I think that’s why we’re performing well because we’re doing so well as a team. We’ve got some new faces out, we’ve got a lot of kids that are just really athletic, and it’s starting to show. We’re really excited where we’re going right now with this track season.”
The Braves won all three relays, and Braydon Fish won the 800, Reece Covert took the 200, Jake McCullough the 1600, Grant Stuckwisch the 100, and Ryan Benter won the pole vault.
Bowman said the highlight for the Crothersville boys was Noah Hoskins throwing a personal best 108-5 to place second in the discus.
“From Monday he improved 13 feet,” Bowman said. “He had a good run in the 100. He was right with (Stuckwisch). Noah had a really time in the 100 and the 200. I’m really proud of our times, our places.”