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Van-Far boys and girls track and field teams shine in area meets

Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Indian-logoThe Van-Far boys and girls track and field teams had several top eight performances in the Monroe City meet held last Thursday.
The Indians battled through injuries to earn 50 team points for seventh place in the 11-team meet.
Lathyn McMorris won the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:55.21.
Sharrod Connor broke a personal record in the 100 meters with a time of 11.81 seconds for fourth place overall. He also took fourth in the 200 meters with a time of 24.13 seconds for another personal best time.
He also took third in the long jump.
Parker Wallace placed seventh in the 400 meters. He teamed with Conner Albrecht, Nick Barnes, and Joseph Clithero to take sixth in the 4×100-meter relay event.
The 4×200-meter relay team of Jacob Garner, Barnes, Wallace, and Clithero took fourth.
Josh Hodde, Albrecht, Barnes, and Wallace placed fifth in the 4×400 event after breaking their own record. Albrecht had a split time of 55.74 seconds.
Colten Jensen, Lucas Robinson, Walter Salmon, and McMorris took third in the 4×800-meter relay.
Jacob Garner broke his personal best record in the pole vault by clearing 9’6” for seventh place.
Trey Atkinson didn’t earn team points but broke a personal best time in the 300-meter hurdles.
“(The) boys team is battling an injury or two as well as some absences but many kids are stepping up and filling roles to strengthen the team,” said Van-Far head track and field coach Blake Logan. “We have broken numerous personal records.”
The Lady Indians didn’t earn many team points at Monroe City but had some top performances.
Abilene Gatson led Van-Far by clearing 4’6” in the high jump for a new personal record. She also took eighth in the triple jump.
Abbey Robinson won the long jump event after leaping 14’08.75”. She also broke a personal record in the 100 meters with a time of 14.44 seconds for eighth place.
Taryn Adam was seventh in the 3,200 meters with a time of 15:34.26.
The 4×100-meter relay team of Alexis DeTienne, Madison Orr, Gatson, and Robinson placed fifth.
“The kids are working hard at cleaning up their running form and working on the small things it takes to be competitive in the postseason,” Logan said. “We have a long ways to go but are on the right track to hitting mid-season form. Looking forward to better weather and a busy meet schedule this month.”