The Van-Far Junior High track and field team had several top eight performances competing at meets in Montgomery County and Paris this past week.
In the Montgomery County meet, the Lady Indians were led by standout performances from Jordan Garner and Jayle Jennings. The two combined to score 48 of the team’s 50 points to help the Lady Indians place fifth overall.
Garner earned top five finishes in four different events.
In a meet featuring seven schools, including large schools Bowling Green, Troy, and Montgomery County, Garner won the 100 meters with a time of 14.69 seconds.
She finished second in the high jump after clearing 4’4” for eight more team points.
Garner also placed third in the 200 meters with a time of 30.59 seconds. She took fifth in the triple jump after leaping 25’3”.
Jayle Jennings scored 20 team points with two first place finishes in the distance races.
Jennings won the 800 meters by three seconds with a time of 2:53.84. She also won the 1,600 meters by :29 seconds after winning the race with a time of 6:17.
Her teammate Taryn Adam scored two points after finishing seventh with a time of 7:06.38.
The boys team was led by Lathyn McMorris, who helped to score 30 points of the team’s 72 overall.
McMorris won the 800 meters by about six seconds with a time of 2:29.72. He won the 1,600 meters by 19 seconds with a time of 5:08.38 while his teammate Tyler Robinson took fifth with a time of 6:06.55.
McMorris then teamed with Josh Hodde, Jacob Garner, and Parker Wallace to help the 4×400-meter relay win by :39 seconds.
Hodde won the triple jump after leaping 34’.50”. Garner took sixth with his leap of 27’6”.
The two also scored team points in the high jump. Hodde placed sixth and Garner took seventh after clearing 4’8”.
Wallace also took second in the 400 meters at 1:00.49.
Dylan Hunter placed third in the same event with a time of 1:03.24.
Trey Miller placed seventh in the long jump after leaping 14’6”.
Van-Far’s 4×100-meter relay team of Colton Jensen, Caden Wilburn, Jayson Orr, and Hunter nearly scored team points as they took ninth.
In the Paris meet on April 1, the Lady Indians scored 56 team points for fourth place.
Jordan Garner won the high jump event after clearing 4’7”. She also took second in the discus with a toss of 64’2”, second in the 100 meters in 14.69 seconds, and second in the 200 meters in 30.16 seconds.
Jennings won her 800-meter race by seven seconds with a time of 2:51.66. She also took second in the 1,600 meters after finishing the race in 6:05.
Adam placed fifth in the 800 meters in 3:30.03 and fifth in the 1,600 metes in 7:09.90.
The boys won five events and scored 99 team points for third place at Paris.
McMorris won his 800-meter race in 2:26.87 and took first in the 1,600 meters by :15 seconds with a time of 5:19.10.
Wallace won his 400-meter race with a time of 1:01.09.
Hodde took first in the triple jump after leaping 34’7.75”. He cleared 4’6” to take third in the high jump.
Jacob Gardner placed second in the high jump by clearing 4’11”. He also took fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 29’8.5”.
Miller took third in the 400 meters in 1:03.80, sixth in the long jump with a leap of 13’9.5”, and fifth in the 100 meters in 14.40 seconds.
Caden Wilburn placed sixth in the 200 meters in 31.81 seconds.
Tyler Robinson placed fifth in the 1,600 meters with a time of 6:02.18.
The 4×400-meter relay team won their race by :21 seconds with a time of 4:15.81.
The 4×200-meter squad placed third at 2:15.84 while the 4×100-meter squad was fifth at 1:10.26.
In the throwing events, Flowers took fourth in the discus with a toss of 78’2”.
In the shot putt, Nathan Beatty placed third with a toss of 31’5” and Kyle Ebers took sixth with a toss of 29’11”.