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Hatchets run well in shortened event

Mar. 15—The Hatchets and Lady Hatchets Track & Field teams hosted its first home meet of the 2024 season by hosting Barr-Reeve and Princeton at the new Hatchet Hollow.

Unfortunately, the meet was called after completing 11 events due to approaching inclement weather but what an atmosphere it was for athletes having the opportunity to not only compete in the new facility but having the fan base was something our team hasn't experienced at prior home meets. The Lady Hatchets led in overall scoring with 49 points followed by Barr-Reeve 32 and Princeton 31.

There were several athletes that started their outdoor season with a career best and numerous athletes that received a starting time and mark for this current season. The Lady Hatchets placed in all 11 events.

A couple of seniors made sure to start their final seasons with first place finishes. Bree Browning out threw her competitors in discus throwing 86-2" while Molly Jones jumped into first in high jump clearing 4-6". Jones also finished 2nd in the 400m dash crossing in 1:06.15. Newcomer Cassie Dillon, senior, was part of the 4x8 first place finish.

The 4x8 and 4x1 teams received first place finishes. The 4x1 race had the crowd on their feet cheering with Kapri Granger from Washington edging out the competition with the help of her teammates, Lexi Nalin, Jasara Turner and Ella Niehaus. The 4x8 crossed in 11:18 with the team of Cassie Dillon, Josie Shoup, Ally Decker and Ayla Owens. Owens gathered points for the Hatchets with 3rd place finishes in both pole vault clearing 8'0 and a solid 1600m run in 6:20.

Junior Kapri Granger received a career best in 100m hurdles, 17.33, finishing in second place and jumped into second place in pole vault clearing 9'0". Granger also ran anchor for the 4x1 team. Another junior, Jasara Turner, was part of the 4x1 team and took home a couple of second place finishes in both 100m dash and long jump. One more junior to note is Ella Niehaus who joined our team for the first time this year. Niehaus was part of the successful 4x1 team and also placed second in high jump and 4th in the 100m dash.

Sophomore Alleigh Baxter placed third in discus with a throw of 73'2" and also achieved a career best in shot throwing 26'6" that put her in fourth place for the night. There were a couple of freshmen that ended in the scoring column for the Hatchets. Freshman Genesis Gomez placed third in the 400m dash and Josie Shoup had a fourth place finish in the 1600m run.

"It was good for the athletes to see and feel some mechanical tweaks needing to be made as we progress in the season. Overall, it was a good night for the Lady Hatchets. Although some athletes didn't end in a scoring spot, it was a great first look at how we can compete and we look forward to yet another very successful season for numerous individuals and as a team," said coach Kristin McGuire.

The Lady Hatchets will travel to Boonville on April 2. We will return for a home meet on April 4.

On the boys side, WHS also ran on Thursday in the weather-shortened meet.

"We have a very small team this year, but a lot of heart. The team has been working very hard and we're excited for the season," said coach Tim Baxter.

The 3,200 relay team of Brody Wilson, Eli Rayman, Tony Hernandez and Nick Wright took second with a 9:03.

In the 100, Cameron Cook was fourth :11.78 and Chris St. Cois was fifth, :12.0, in the 1600, Brody Wilson was fourth with a 5:11.The 4x1 relay team of Cameron Cook, Eli Rayman, Chris St. Cois and Dominic Mattingly was second with a :46.53. Trey Tucker second in the High Jump with 5-4" and Dominic Mattingly was a winner in the long jump with a 19-4".