On Monday, May 19, the Van-Far Junior High Track Team celebrated its 2014 season with a pizza party at Pizza Hut and reviewed the current season that broke seven Junior High records – five boys records and two girls records. The boys records broken were the 400 meter run by Parker Wallace setting the new record at 57.6, seconds, the 800 meter run by Lathyn McMorris with 2:15.3 being the record, the 1,600 meter run also by Lathyn McMorris lowering the record to 4:51.4, the triple jump record increased to 38’8” by Josh Hodde, and the 4×400 relay time now set at 4:00.3 by Parker Wallace, Josh Hodde, Jacob Garner, and Lathyn McMorris. The last record is the most remarkable beating the old record by 39 seconds. The two girls records broken were by Jayle Jennings in the 1600 meter run at 5:57.0 and Jordan Garner in the discus at 79’8”. Both girls breaking the records are seventh graders. Each of the record breakers were awarded plaques for their accomplishments. Also, a plaque with each of the team members names will be placed in the Junior High trophy case for the boys finishing second and the girls finishing fourth in the Montgomery County Invitational which were teams from the EMO conference.
Throughout the season team members worked hard and improved in their events. There were multiple medal winners throughout the season. Lathyn McMorris was undefeated this season in the 1,600 meter run and only lost one time in the 800 meter run and that was only by about the width of his body. The 4×400 relay team was also undefeated which is an amazing accomplishment for a relay team. This track team made many sacrifices and worked hard to have the great year they had. They are winners.