Cougars shine at SKY track meet


By Greg Howard - For the NDL



As we near regionals, coaches look to see much improvement, in both the physical and mental approach of their athletes. Exactly what LCHS athletes accomplished this past Friday evening at Greenwood. Our boys and girls are rounding into form as regionals near. The competition was much stiffer and our teams stepped up. It’s so great to see the improvement of our kids! Athletes are starting to understand what it takes to compete at a high level and to trust in their teammates. It’s awesome to watch.

We haven’t been carrying over as many veteran athletes as we are used to. We graduated 26 seniors a couple of years ago and have been learning what it means to be part of a Cougar track team. Boy are they starting to figure it out. Our athletes set over 13 personal bests Friday.

GIRLS

Our girls scored 118 points and were just 3 points out from another 2nd place again, against some great athletes. Leaders for the Lady Cougars were Jessica Hines with a new PR in the 100M hurdles (16.25) and a 1st place finish. She also won the long jump with a leap of 15’ 1 ½”, a second place in the 300M hurdles (50.43) and a 3rd in the 4 X 100M Relay. Others scoring big for their team were Taleia Mason with a 3rd place in the 100M, a 1st in the 200M (27.00 PR), 3rd in the 4 X 100 Relay, and a 3rd place finish in the 4 X 200M relay. Lauren Burnett captured 1st in the discus (97’) and a 7th in the shot. Courtney McGinnis continues to improve with a 5th place and new PR in the 100M (12.89), a 4th in the 200M (28.81) and was on both 3rd place 4 X 100 (McGinnis, Mason, J. Hines, Johnson) and 4 X 200M (Johnson, Baptiste, Mason, McGinnis) relays. Meredith Johnson and Monica Hines finished 3rd and 5th respectively, in new season PRs in the 400M (1:04.34, 1:06.00). Monica Hines also placed 4th in the long jump (14-03). Newcomer, Ann Meguiar Bouldin continues to show her athleticism while earning a 7th place finish in the 800M (2:43), a 4th in the 1600M and new PR of 6:09, and part of the 1st place 4 X 400M Relay. Jesse Hankins earned a 7th place finish in the 1600M and a new PR (6:24).

Addison Stewart place 6th in the shot (27-09.25) while freshman Keyleigh Harlan earned a 5th in the discus (72-05.00). The last event of the night was the much heralded 4 X 400M relay. We are slowly trying to build this relay back to the state powerhouse and school record event it was last year. The best time they could muster so far was 4:44 and were going up against some of the best Friday. The team of Baptiste, M. Hines, Meguiar Bouldin, and Johnson dropped over 21 seconds in their time on their way to a 1st place in a time of 4:23…what a race!!!

BOYS

Our boys continue to improve and their times and distances proved it. The Cougars were led by speedster, Sawyer Hopkins. Hopkins won the 100M (10.78), the 200M (22.75), and placed 2nd in the 4 X 400M relay (3:34.63). Demanuel Barbee and Jailin Munday are fast becoming what we expected of them. Barbee placed 5th in the 200M (23.67 ), 8th 400M (55.09), and 2nd 4 X 400M Relay. Munday was also part of the 4 X 400M relay and placed 4th 400M (53.04). Robert Dancer continues to make significant progress in his first year of running track. Robert placed 3rd 110M hurdles (16.60 ), 3rd triple jump (38’-10”), and 2nd 300M hurdles (43.40).

The distance guys were not to be outdone by the speed guys. Gage Cousineau are still knocking seconds off their times. Cousineau ran a time of 4:48 in the 1600M placing him 3rd and 11:08 in the 3200M also 3rd and two new PRs. Dill ran another PR in the 1600 in a time of 5:11 for 10th. Freshman John Hendricks placed 5th in a time of 11:21 in the 3200M. Sam Noe ran 8th (2:20) and Wesley Abney 13th (2:31) in the 800M. Others to help the Cougars to a 3rd place team finish; Evan Hughes (7th) 16-03 long jump, John Higgins (8th) triple jump 36-00.75,

4 X 200M Relay (5th)1:41.81 1) Flores, Ryan 9 2) Hughes, Evan 10 3) Simmons, Charles 11 4) Snoddy, Bobby 12 4 X 100M relay (6th) 48.03 1) Snoddy, Bobby 12 2) Flores, Ryan 9 3) Hadden, Hunter 9 4) Hughes, Evan 10

The last event of the evening was the 4 X 400M relay. The team of Hopkins, Barbee, Dancer, Munday ran a time of 3:34 and placed 2nd. A Logan County team has not run a time like that since the great teams of Billy Taylor, Josh Howard, Teco Dickerson, Todd Adler, and the great Thomas Washington. They have come out of nowhere to be in this elite class of runners. These young men have the opportunity to break a long-standing school record. What a night!

By Greg Howard

For the NDL

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