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The HCHS boys track team competed in the March Madness Classic at the Mustang Stadium in Greenville Thursday. “We had some very strong performances at this meet,” Hancock coach Wes Meserve said. “Griffin DeJarnette had the best day I’ve ever seen him have in cross country or track. He ran the fastest split on our 4×8 and 4×4 teams and he ran very good times in the 800 and 1600. If he continues to run like he did for the rest of the season it really changes the outlook for our team.”
Alex Basham placed second in the shot put with a distance of 44 feet, one inch. James Singleton was fourth at 35–02. Bryce Tapp of Henderson County won at 49 feet. “Alex improved on his best throw and remains ranked second in the state,” Meserve said.
Ben Baker placed fourth in the 100 meter dash in 11.64 seconds. Hayden Shearn was 10th in 12.06 and Landen Garrison 11th in 12.24. King Combest of Owensboro High School won in 10.64.
Baker ran the fastest 100 in the region so far according to coach Meserve. Baker was fifth in the 200 meter dash in 23.94 and Cooper Jones was ninth in 25.24. Zachary Clark of OHS won in 22.64.
Jones placed fifth in the 400 meters in 54.84. Mehkel London was 11th in 1:01 and Henry Proctor 13th in 1:03. Luke Hagedorn of Daviess County won in 51.84. Basham was sixth in the discus with a throw of 95–10 and Singleton was seventh at 93 feet. Tapp
won at 160–10.
Wyatt Emmick was seventh in the 300 meter hurdles in a time of 50.54. Max DeJarnette was ninth in51.74 and Eli Embry 10th in 53.04. Former Hornet athlete Xander Early, now running for OHS, won in 44.24.
Emmick ran one of the fastest times in the region (fifth) in this his first attempt. Hunter Stephens placed eighth in the 1600 meters in a time of 5:12. Emmitt Meserve was 16th in 5:35.64, Griffin DeJarnette 17th in 5:35.94, Landon Mooneyham 24th in 6:20 and Noah Wheatley 27th in 8:38. Drew Burden of Madisonville won in 4:38.
Garrison placed 11th in the long jump with a leap of 16–05 feet. Connor White of Daviess County won at 19–02. Jones and Garrison are both ranked among the top six in the region in their respective events. Noah Henson was 12th in the 800 meters in 2:20. Stephens was 13th in 2:21, Griffin DeJarnette 15th in 2:23, Proctor 23rd in 2:34, Meserve 25th in 2:40 and Mooneyham 26th in 2:46. Landon Groves
of Muhlenberg County won in 2:05. The HCHS 4×800 relay team placed second in 9:37. Runners were Meserve, Proctor, Stephens and Henson. Muhlenberg won in 9:29.
The HCHS 4×400 relay team placed third in 4:06. Runners were Henson, Stephens, Proctor and Jones. Muhlenberg won in 3:47.
The HCHS 4×200 relay team placed tied fourth with Henderson County with matching times of 1:39.54. Runners for Hancock were Shearn, Garrison, Jones and Baker. OHS won in 1:31.
The 4×100 relay team placed seventh in 56.74. Runners were Shearn, Garrison, Matthew Carroll and Baker. OHS won in 43.74.
Muhlenberg County won the team title with 131.5 points. OHS was second followed by DCHS, Henderson, Hancock, Madisonville-North Hopkins, McLean and Owensboro Catholic.
“Most of our younger runners are really improving and helping us to fill out our relays and the openings
we have in events,” the coach said.
By Steve Wimmer