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Van-Far track and field strong in local meets

Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 9:43 am

Van-Far track and field had solid performances at recent meets.

The Van-Far boys and girls track and field teams had several top performers in the Thunderbird Invite held at North Callaway last week before the Easter break and at Bowling Green.
The Indians placed fourth overall with 125 team points. Van-Far’s Sharrod Connor and Jacob Garner finished one-two in the 100 meters. Connor won the race with a time of 11.80 seconds while Jacob Garner finished at 11.93 seconds.
In the 200 meters, Dillion Minor was third (24.72) and Verlyn Johnson placed fifth (25.15).
Morgan Slatten took eighth in the 800 meters (2:32.25).
In the distance races, Lathyn McMorris won the 3,200 meters (10:50.86) and Tyler Robinson was third (11:44.17). Sam Hazel was second (5:12.54) and Robinson was third (5:18.20) in the 1,600 meters.
Trevor Crider took sixth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 45.08 seconds.
As for the relay races, Jacob Garner teamed with Josh Hodde, Crider, and Connor to win the 4×100 (45.27).
Alex Flowers, Verlyn Johnson, Parker Wallace, and Crider won the 4×400 (3:39.77).
Jacob Garner, Verlyn Johnson, Wallace, and Hodde placed second in the 4×200 (1:35.81).
The 4×800-meter relay team of Patrick Finnegan, Minor, Slatten, and Robinson was second (9:24.01).
In the field events, Jacob Garner won the pole vault after clearing 11’06”.
Flowers was third in the shot put (39’9.5”) and Kyle Ebers was eighth (33’03.25”).
As for discus, Ebers took fifth (106’02”).
Walter Salmon placed third in the long jump after leaping 18’10”.
In Bowling Green on April 4, the Indians scored 107 team points to place second at the Bowling Green High School Mini Medal Meet.
Connor took first in the 100 meters (11.62) while Jacob Garner was sixth (12.08).
Verlyn Johnson placed fourth in the 200 meters (24.94).
Wallace was second in the 400 meters (53.25) and Flowers took fifth (58.96).
Finnegan finished seventh in the 800 meters (2:22.96).
Hodde placed second in the 110-meter hurdles (16.25) while Crider placed seventh in the 300-meter hurdles.
In the distance races, Hazel was seventh in the 1,600 meters (5:19.52). McMorris placed second in the 3,200 meters (10:56.83) and Robinson was fourth (11:53.13).
As for the relay races, the 4×100-meter relay team of Jacob Garner, Wallace, Hodde, and Connor won (45.27) and won the 4×200 (1:36.09).
In the 4×800-meter relay race, Finnegan, Crider, Slatten, and Hazel placed second (8:59.02).
In the field events, Ebers was third (115’10”) and Nathan Beatty was sixth (108’) in the discus. Flowers was fourth in the shot put (39’07”).
Jacob Garner was second in the pole vault (11’).
Lady Indians
Makayla McAfee led the Lady Indians in North Callaway as she won the 100-meter hurdles event with a time of 18.34 seconds.
She was also second in the 300-meter hurdles (53.45).
In teaming with Taryn Adam, Jayle Jennings, and Alexandra Connaway, she also helped the 4×800-meter relay team place third (11:53.70).
A 4×400-meter relay team of Katie Elzea, Madalyn Swafford, Alyse Jensen, and Connaway was fifth (5:06.44).
Jordan Garner then teamed with Alivia Graddy, Elzea, and Swafford to take fifth in the 4×200 (2:02.15).
Three of the same runners teamed with Hannah Bauman to place fifth in the 4×100 (58.31).
In the distance races, Jennings was third (13:39.14) and Madelyn McAfee was fourth (15:49.80) in the 3,200 meters.
Connaway placed fourth (6:25.06) and Kenede Farrell (8:08.55) was seventh in the 1,600 meters.
Juliana Martinez scored team points by taking seventh in the 800 meters (2:55.37).
As for field events, Jordan Garner was second in the discus (88’08) and sixth in the pole vault (7’).
Graddy had a solid day in the jumps as she took fifth in the triple jump (30’8.50”) and eighth in the long jump (14’02”).
The Lady Indians were fifth overall out of 10 teams with 72 team points, beating sixth place Silex by 28 points.
In the recent Bowling Green High School Mini Medal Meet, the Lady Indians had 37 team points to take seventh out of 12 teams.
The meet started with rainy conditions but the weather turned out just right before it was over.
Makayla McAfee was fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (54.93), sixth in the 100-meter hurdles (18.76), and eighth in the long jump (12’11”).
She also teamed with Aubrey Bunge, Elzea, and Jennings to take fifth in the 4×400 with a time of 4:56.8.
A 4×200-meter relay team of Alyse Jensen, Jordan Garner, Bunge, and Elzea was sixth (2:07).
In the 4×800, Lauren Shaw, Martinez, Connaway, and Adam placed fourth (12:25.13).
Jordan Garner, Colby Walton, Swafford, and Bauman took eighth in the 4×100 (1:02.3).
Jennings was fourth in the 1,600 meters (6:10) and sixth in the 800 (2:45.9).
In the 3,200 meters, Maddie McAfee was fifth with a PR time of 15:42.05 while Farrell was sixth with a PR time of 17:46.
“It was great to see a couple of kids get PR’s and a lot of girls are still getting season best at every meet,” said Van-Far head girls coach Kris Cross.