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Van-Far girls track takes third in districts

Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 4:15 pm

Van-Far’s Jayle Jennings makes her way down the track at districts.

While enjoying the opportunity to cheer on the boys team success in recent years, the Van-Far girls track and field program is beginning to make some noise of their own in the area as they finished third in the Class 1, District 1 meet last Saturday in New Haven.
The Lady Indians scored 64 team points as they won two event district titles while having seven top-four finishes to qualify for sectionals.
“I was very pleased with the girls performances,” said Van-Far head girls coach Kris Cross. “Most performances were PR’s for the season and the girls did a great job competing. This is a lot more girls we sent in events then we did last year. I am very excited to see who qualifies for state this year because they all have a good chance so we will see what Saturday brings.”
The team was led by Jordan Garner, who won the district title in the discus with a new school record throw of 109’. She also won the district title in the shot put with a personal best throw of 33’05”.
Garner advanced in the javelin with a third place throw of 105’02”.
Jayle Jennings had a solid day advancing in the 800 meters with a third place time of 2:39.07. She just missed qualifying in the 1,600 meters (6:25.42) as the took fifth.
Madelyn McAfee placed third (13:57.85) in the 3,200 meters.
As for the relays, the 4×100 team of Katie Elzea, Vanessa Martinez, Madelyn Swafford, and Garner took third (57.52).
The 4×200 team of Taryn Adam, Elzea, Martinez, and Swafford qualified after taking fourth (2:04.98).
In the 4×800, Aubrey Bunge, Alexandra Connaway, Martinez, and Adam were third (11:07.92). Their time was :30 seconds better than they have run all year.
Martinez also qualified in the high jump after clearing 4’03” to finish third.

Solid performance at EMO Conference Meet
Van-Far finished with 48 team points to place fifth out of 11 teams in the EMO Conference Meet held at Montgomery City.
Garner was second in the discus (105’05”), third in the shot put (33’01.25”), and fourth in the javelin (102’07”).
Jennings took fourth in the 1,600 (6:19.24).
The 4×100-meter relay team was fifth (58.84) as the results website said the team included Swafford, Shyonna Martin, Walton, and Garner.
A 4×400-meter relay team of Connaway, Adam, Martinez, and Bunge was fifth (4:55.86).
The 4×800 team of Jennings, Martinez, Connaway, and Adam placed fourth (11:37.57).
The 4×200 team of Alivia Graddy, Swafford, Elzea, and Martinez was sixth (2:06.54).
Madelyn McAfee placed fourth in the 3,200 meters (14:08.22).
Adam placed sixth in the 800 meters (2:47.56).

Martinez just missed earning team points in the high jump after clearing 4’04” for ninth.