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The HCHS girls track team competed in the March Madness Classic at the Mustang Stadium in Greenville Thursday.
“We had a lot of outstanding performances,” Hancock coach Wes Meserve said. “Lexus Ralph led by example as a veteran senior with the top 400 meter time in our region and second fastest 200m times. She and Izzy Ross both ran strong legs in our relays.”
The HCHS girls 4×800 meter relay team won their event with a time of 11 minutes, 16 seconds. Runners for Hancock County were Sydney Weatherholt, Jayda Meserve, Lexus Ralph and Izzy Ross. “Weatherholt played an important role in both the 400 and 800 relays and she’s running 800 times that are close to both Lexus and Izzy,” the coach said.
Ralph was third in the 800 meters in 2:39. Weatherholt was sixth in 2:52, Juliana Nevitt 16th in 3:08, Karissa Ralph 19th in 3:12 and Lyla DeJarnette 20th in 3:17. Daviess County’s Blakely Greer won in 2:35. Ross was third in the high jump with a clearance of four feet, two inches. Nikiyah Voyles of OHS won at 4–09.
Ross placed fourth in the 1600 in 6:02. Nevitt was 16th in seven minutes flat and DeJarnette 17th in 7:13. Ross’ time is the second fastest in the region so far. “Izzy is such a diverse athlete. The real problem is going to be narrowing down what events she’ll score the most points in as we move forward,” the coach said.
Tessa Wells placed fifth in the girls 100 meter dash with a time of 13.54. Nahomy Yanez was 11th in 14.74 and Emma Fulkerson 16th in 16.64. Keeli Hanley of Owensboro High School won in 12.84. Walls’ time is the fastest in the region so far.
Story Conway was sixth in the discus with a throw of 76 feet. Brianna Mooneyham was 12th at 60–02. Haden Wolfe of Henderson won at 103–02.
The HCHS 4×200 relay team was sixth in 2:12. Runners were Yanez, Fulkerson, Sophia Reed and Meserve.
Fulkerson was seventh in the 300 hurdles in 1:29. Jasmine Buck of OHS won in 55.64. Hancock was second in the 4×400 relay in a time of 4:41. Runners were Rudd, Weatherholt, Ross and Ralph.
Allyson McCormick placed ninth in the shot put with a toss of 22–03.5 feet. Conway was 10th at 21–01.5. Grace Morris was 15th at 17 feet and Mooneyham 17th at 14–04. Trinity Hogg of OHS won at 32–10.
Owensboro took first place in the team standings with 135 points. Henderson was second followed by Daviess County, Muhlenberg County, Hancock County, McLean County and Owensboro Catholic.
“We have work to do to cover all of the events and to make sure our relays are more competitive, but I’m happy with how hard my athletes are working and with the progress that they are making. We have a lot of new kids and there’s a huge learning curve in a lot of events, but they want the team to do well and they’re learning fast,” coach Meserve said.
By Steve Wimmer