The Community R-VI boys and girls track and field teams competed in just their second meet of the season last week in windy weather on April 20 in Louisiana. The Trojans were led by Nick Jensen in the Cunningham Invitational as he finished fifth in the long jump after leaping 17’6”. He also took 16th in the 200 meters.
Lance Gibson picked up some team points by placing seventh in the 300-meter hurdles in 49.32 seconds. Gibson also took 14th in the 400 meters.
Cameron Foreman finished 10th in the long jump, 13th in the 100 meters, and 15th in the 200 meters.
Keith Caldwell finished 16th in the discus after tossing the discus 57’5”.
The Lady Trojans were led by Jewelee Winn, who finished seventh in the shot put after tossing it 25’10”. She also took ninth in the discus with a throw of 69’1”.
Amelia Knipfel earned team points in the long jump after leaping 13’. She also took 10th in the 100-meter hurdles and 20th in the 100 meters.
Emmalee McCoskey scored team points in the high jump after clearing 4’4”.
Kaitlin Orr finished ninth in the 800 meters, ninth in the long jump, ninth in the triple jump, and 10th in the 300-meter hurdles.
Megan Byrd finished 14th in the 200 meters and 16th in the 100 meters.
“Once again, Mother Nature struck bringing torrential winds and rain this past week and we were forced to continue with practices held inside,” said Community R-VI head coach Erin Mack. “This track season has had a rough go-around. The weather has limited us not only in practices, but for track meets, as well. This has been a trying and frustrating season for coaches and athletes, alike. With every rainy day I have to re-route my practices and make modifications. The kids have to adjust, too. Despite these odds, my athletes continue to push forward and reach for new goals. There were several athletes that set personal best individual records for themselves at the Louisiana meet – and that’s all I can ask for. With conference and district meets nearing, we have got to focus and keep pushing each other to get better. These young athletes work hard to improve their times, jumps, or throws and I see that every day.”
The track and field squad will compete at Cairo on Wednesday, April 24.