The Crothersville, Trinity Lutheran and Hauser track teams opened their seasons Monday on the Tigers’ oval with the Trinity boys and Hauser girls placing first in a close meet.
The Trinity boys edged Hauser 51-50, with the Tigers scoring 35, while the Hauser girls had 54 points to 49 for Crothersville and 37 for the Cougars.
Trinity coach Caleb Tormoehlen, and Crothersville’s Cheryl Nehrt and Carl Bowman said they saw a lot of good performances out of their athletes.
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Leading the Trinity boys was Matt McKay, who won the 110 high hurdles (15.64 seconds) and came right back to win the 100 in 11.5.
Crothersville’s Noah Hoskins was a close second in the 100 at 11.8.
“Matt broke the school record in the 110 high hurdles, and he also got a personal best in the 100 at 11.5, which is fantastic,” Tormoehlen said.
McKay also won the 200 in 24.52, and he helped the 1,600 relay team place first in 3:51.86.
Trinity’s AJ Goecker had a strong meet, as he won the 1,600 in 4:52.8, the 3,200 in 10:34.27, the long jump at 18-feet, and anchored the 1,600 relay.
Trinity’s Sam Marksberry and Jacob Rowe went 1-2 in the 400, while McKay and Marksberry were 1-2 in the 200.
“Sam looked strong in his events,” Tormoehlen said. “AJ looked phenomenal again, so it was a tremendous first meet.
Placing first for the Tigers was Lane Wienhorst in the 800 with a time of 2:21.84.
“Noah, in the 100, was right there with (McKay) and it came down to a step at the end,” Bowman said. “I think that’s his fastest opening 100 since he’s been running for me, so I think that was really good.
“The next thing that really comes to mind is that last relay. I used my two sprinters, and asked them if they could go out there and run. In practice, they both ran over a minute, and today Noah ran a 58, and Dylan (Maschino) ran a minute flat. We ran a 3:58 total, which I think was pretty good for those guys because those other two guys had ran quite a bit of distance.”
Hailley Peters was a triple-winner for the Trinity girls as she earned blue ribbons in the 100 (14.01), long jump (14-7) and high jump (5-2).
Trinity’s Lexi Schneider won the 400 in 1:11.54.
“Our two freshmen girls, Emma Goecker and Hannah Sabotin looked really strong tonight,” Tormoehlen said “Goecker did a good job in the 400 and 800, Hannah ran the 100 and looked really strong. Hailley in the field events, as usual, looked great.
“For the first meet, expectations were exceeded greatly, which is nice.”
Breanna Barger sparked the Crothersville girls with firsts in the 1,600 (6:09.42) and 800 (3:03.4) while also helping the 3,200 and 1,600 relay teams to wins.
Brittany Ross picked up the Tigers’ other first, in the discus.
“We had a really good start,” Nehrt said “I thought the 3,200 relay and 1,600 relay teams did a really great job. Katrina (Christian) did a nice job in the high jump. Jule (Elsner) did a really good job in the sprints, which is good. Breanna did an awesome job in her events, as she always does.
“I think we had a good start. We had some good times for our first meet, so I think we’re right where we need to be.”
Crothersville will run Wednesday at Scottsburg, and Trinity will travel to Waldron on Thursday.