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Big Orange and Carrol

Track Pups throw up a 1 to signify their confidence in their ability to win!

Track Pups throw up a 1 to signify their confidence in their ability to win!

Track Pups throw up a 1 to signify their confidence in their ability to win!

Track Pups throw up a 1 to signify their confidence in their ability to win!

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A cold,

Track pups smile for a pre-carroll picture!

April morning set the tone for one of the biggest meets of the season. The boy’s track and field team arrived bright and early to make a name for themselves. At eight in the morning, the bus arrived, and every boy grabbed his things. The poles, the discs, the shot puts, and the starting blocks were already on the bus. The ride was long enough for a nap but not enough to significantly replenish someone’s energy.  When we arrived, the other teams already set up camp around the field. Our team stretched and did yoga to prepare for the long day ahead. Many of us griped about the meet, but we weren’t disappointed with the outcome.

To begin the day, Bailey Scott, a cross country star, placed third in the mile. He faced fierce competition from Western, Maconaquah, and the host, Hamilton Heights. Along with the mile, Bailey also placed sixth in the 800-meter final race. Caleb Johnson placed sixth in discus after a hard-fought competition with Eastern’s monsters. The winning throw was a personal record of 151 feet and six inches from A.J. Wiles of Eastern. In the shot put, Caleb placed third. Roland Trusty, an exceptional sprinter, placed first in his heat of hurdles. Overall, he placed third in the 300-meter hurdles race.

After the Saturday of running, the boys prepared for the annual Carroll dual meet. With only a Monday to recoup after the day of races, the boys were tired but ready to go again.  On Tuesday, the 16, the boys loaded up on the bus and traveled to Carroll. As they arrived, the boys received a warm welcome. After warming up as a team, the sprinters practiced handoffs, and the boys dispersed to tackle their individual field events.

Dominic Gilbert, an up-and-coming freshman, pushed himself and placed second in the pole vault. Carl Jay placed fourth. Scott took three first place spots with ease from Carroll in the high jump, 800, and 3200. Sam Miller, Earl Forsythe, Bryce Hagen, and Carl Jay rushed for a second place finish in the 4×800 relay. Miller, combatting recovery from two knee surgeries, looked better than ever in his 1600 run. Gilbert and Miller took second and fourth respectively. Jay finished fourth in the 3200 run.

Caleb Johnson took advantage of the beautiful weather and threw outstandingly while taking two first places for Lewis Cass in the shot put and discus. Caleb said, “Because of the slight wind it was a beautiful night to throw, and I think our next meet, at Eastern, will go well!” Tyler Johnson also pulled his weight by placing third in shot!

“The sprinters could also take advantage of the wind,” said Nate Jones, a four year veteran; “it was at our backs pushing us to go faster!” Jones nailed a first place finish into the competition during the 100 meter dash and he drove that nail even deeper in the 200 with a 2nd place finish. Roland Trusty, who is as fast as a bullet, flew past the competition with two 2nd place finishes in the 110 hurdles and in the 400 meter dash!

All the boys on the track team pulls their weight. They all push hard for their places. “All the boys seem to be having a great season so far,” said Caleb Johnson, “I can not wait to see how far we can each go.”

“If we can keep this up, we might have a good showing at our county and sectional meets,” said Jay, “I can not wait to see how everyone competes!” The track team will compete on April 23 at Northwestern; and, they will also compete on Saturday the 27 for the county title! Please venture out to support your local TRACC PUPZ.

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