Frosh Come Up Big For Tyler Track
The Silver Knights’ girls track team started out strong on Tuesday, March 19 at Ritchie County in the opening track meet of the season. The Chuck Schofield Memorial featured seven teams with the Knights racking up 129 points to finish second behind host Ritchie County.
The Knights have a nice group of girls with a mixture of veterans and returnees, plus a nice group of freshmen. In the 100-meter dash the freshmen showed up big, winning the top two spots with Jocelyn Foltz gaining first in 14.14 for 10 points, while Caleigh Phillips was right behind – nipping a St. Marys runner – to take second in 14.55, good for eight more Knight points. Junior Rachal Hashman grabbed the sixth place spot to add a point to the Knights total with a 15.26.
The 200-meter dash had Phillips picking up another second-place finish as she was nipped at the finish line by a St. Marys runner. She ended with a 29.83 run, good for eight more points. Senior Katie Pratt, the Knights’ veteran distance-runner, got a third place in the 800-meter run, just right with the second-place finisher from Ritchie County. Pratt came in at 3:03.14, good for six points.
Junior Emma Paden and sophomore Abi Thompson got in on the scoring with fifth and sixth place finishes in the 1600-meter run. Paden finished in 6:45.89, and Thompson came in at 6:52.48. Paden added two points, and Thompson was awarded one. In the 3200-meter run Paden tacked on eight more Silver Knight points, with a second place finish, in a time of 14:32.60. Sophomore Sydney Smith added on four points with her fourth-place run of 18:35.76
The Knights girls continued to rack up points in the 100-meter hurdles with Hashman getting third place in 19.70, good for six points; Rachel Thomas grabbed fourth for four points, in a time of 20.03. Thomas also added two points for the Knights in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 58.68, and Hashman came in right behind for a point in 1:00.78.
In the 4×100-meter relay the Knights girls finished in third with a 58.23, for six points, with a team of Emily Lancaster, Landry Buchanan, Phillips and Foltz. The girls 4×400 relay team finished in fifth place with a 5:25.97, good for four points. The team was made up of three freshmen and a sophomore – Victoria Yost, Hannah Shreves, Kate Gorrell and Cremore Haley.
The 4×800-meter relay team of Cremora, Mackensie Perine, Abi Thompson, and Katie Pratt added six points for the Knights with a third-place finish in 12:52.12. The shuttle hurdle team of Thomas, Buchanan, Hashman, and Lancaster came in fourth in a time of 1:21.93 to give the team six points when the second place team from Ritchie was disqualified.
Katie Pratt and Abi Thompson ended in a three-way tie with Gabby Jones from Ritchie County for fifth in the high jump at 4-06.00. Each girl was awarded one point, giving the Knights two total points in the event. In the pole vault Lancaster finished second to Ritchie County with a vault of 7-06.00 for eight points, and Eden Turner took the third-place spot with a 7-00.00, for six more points. Foltz added more field points for the Knights with a second place in the long jump, with a leap of 14-08.00 and eight points.
The Silver Knights had three girls place in the shot put with Katelyn Stillwagoner getting six points on a third-place toss of 26-00.25. Abby Kemp tossed 25-05.25 for fourth place and four points, and Makayla Haught threw 23-09.50 for sixth place and a point. In the discus the Silver Knights added five more points when Stillwagoner came in fourth with a throw of 75-05, and Kemp got sixth with a throw of 67-07.
The Silver Knights have a lot of depth this season and will be a factor everywhere they go. They scored in every event but the 4×200 and would have scored well there but were disqualified on a false start. This is a great group of athletes and will be very hard to beat as the season rolls on.
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Freshmen Caleigh Phillips and Jocelyn Foltz both got points for the Knights in the 200-meter dash, with Phillips grabbing third with a 29.40 for six points and Foltz getting fifth with a 29.52, good for two more points. Emma Paden took sixth place in the 3200-meter run with a time of 14:20.31, giving the Knights a point.
The Silver Knights’ 4×100-meter relay team grabbed fifth place for two points in a time of 58.17, and also finished sixth for a point in the 4×200-meter with a time of 2:08.59. In the 4×800-meter relay Tyler took fourth place, for four points, finishing in 13:20.88.
The Knights got a point in the shuttle hurdles with a sixth place finish in a time of 1:24.97. Katie Pratt took sixth place in the high jump, going over the bar at 4-6. In the pole vault, Emily Lancaster and Eden Turner tied for fourth with a vault of 6-6, to give the Knights four points.