Coach Buddy Hayford said this year’s team accomplished their season-long goal. “If you look at the scores from the beginning to the finals, everyone improved in their events and scores,” said Hayford. “There was tremendous improvement by everyone on the team. The competition rises at the state level and I was very proud of the effort all day.”
Competing against 11 schools, the Wildcat girls came in 10th with 12 points, while the boys recorded 20.75 points for an eighth-place finish. While these scores may show a bottom bracket finish, the individual efforts showed a group of tough competitors.
In field competition, Jared Lambert led the way, hurling a third-place finish in the shot-put with 34- 6 ½. Eli Park came in sixth in the high jump at five two. Kirra Courchesne and Cassie Bratton led the girls with seventh-and eighth-place finishes respectively in the long jump.
In short distance track competition, Park led the boys’ team with a 100-meter time of 12.67 for a ninth-place finish. Nick Nilsen was right behind with an 11th-place finish of 12.79. Oscar Smith and Connall Sullivan came in third and eighth respectively in the 300-meter hurdles, while Smith recorded a fourth-place finish in the 400, followed by Evan Therrien with a seventh-place finish.
Jacob Hicks placed 13th in the 1500, and 10th in the 3000. The boys’ 4x100 relay team, featuring Park, Nilsen, Sullivan, and Smith, came in fourth.
In girls’ racing action, Cassie Bratton led her team in the 100 with a 12th-place finish of 14.73, and a 10th-place finish in 100 hurdles. Courchesne placed ninth in the same hurdle event, and Mandolin Lucier and Christiana Strysko placed 15th and 17th respectively in the 200.
In long distance competition, Courchesne placed seventh in the 1500, while Alex Kennedy raced to a fourth-place finish in the 3000. The girls, relay team of Lucier, Styrsko, Kennedy, and Bratton did one better than their male counterparts, placing third with a time of 59.76.
“There were some really tough, tremendous athletes in these events,” said Hayford. “The goal going in was if we get our competitors in the top 10 that would be great. In the top five, we would be ecstatic.”