The Mount Gilead track team picked up the overall team championship at the Elgin Relays on Friday. MG won the boys’ meet and was second in the girls’, while Pleasant was tops in the girls’ meet and second in the boys’; however, the Indians finished with more total points.
Both MG teams won seven events. For the boys, the discus team of Hunter Dotters, Nick McKinney and Isaac Arrington took first place, as did the 6400 team of Austin Hallabrin, Tyler Clark, Nick Weiss and Casey White. Hallabrin, Weiss and White teamed with Trevor Ball to win the 3200 relay, while Hallabrin and Weiss partnered with Sawyer Shipman and Jonah Barnett to win the 1600-meter relay.
Hallabrin and White teamed with Colten Clark and Nate Weaver to win the distance medley, while Barnett and Shipman teamed with Brandon Stevens and Dustin Fraizer to take first in the 800-meter relay. Also, Shipman, Jason Robinson, Connor Page and Bobby Starlin won the long hurdle relay.
The girls’ 6400-meter relay team of Micah James, Darcy Picker, Jenna Shipman and Hannah Bush set a new meet record in winning. Those same four girls also won the 3200-meter relay, while Shipman, Bush and Picker also teamed with Erin Zmuda to win the 1600-meter relay.
Savannah Randall, Morgan Brooke and Dani Harter won the discus relay, while Randall, Brooke and Skylar Edwards took first in the shot. The shuttle hurdles team of Edwards, Hope Hack, Samantha Sullivan and Kelsey Snyder also won, as did the 400-meter relay of Makaylee Elkin, Addison Chapman, Corrin Watts and Olivia Brewer.
The Highland boys’ track team finished second at Tuesday’s Fairbanks Invitational, while the girls took third place.
For the boys, the 1600-meter relay team of Austyn Albanese, Dakota Bunting, Kaden Bunting and Garrett Mentzer finished first in 3:40. Both the 3200 relay of Christian Buchholz, Dalton Lee, Caleb Matos and Travis Mentzer and the 800-meter relay team of Dakota Bunting, Kaden Bunting, William Parsley and Garrett Mentzer were second.
Gavin Kafka took second in both the 110 hurdles and high jump; while Travis Mentzer was second in the 1600 and 800 and Albanese placed second in both the 400 and 200. Kafka also was third in the 300 hurdles. Garrett Mentzer placed third in the 400, as did Dakota Bunting in the 800 and Tyler Bowen in the 3200.
In the girls’ meet, Taylor Belcher picked up a first-place finish in the high jump, clearing 4’10”. She also was third in both the 400 and 800.
The Lady Scots got second place in five events. Laura Spearman was second in the 1600, as were Jenna Brown in the 200, Sophia Thompson in the 3200, Marlese Ferguson in the shot put and Lyda Morgan in the discus.
Thompson and Spearman teamed with Jena Buchholz and Clarissa Dudgeon to take third in the 3200 relay, while Thompson also was third in the 1600.
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