Raider’s teams fare well at CCHS Invitational meet

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By The Staff


The Trimble Co. Track team competed with 12 other schools in the Carroll County Invitational on Friday, May 7, at Carroll County High School in Carrollton. 

Injuries and a school field trip left the Runnin’ Raiders a little short-handed, but team members who participated still managed to break school records.

The Lady Raiders fared well despite competing without their most-consistent scorers – Erin Gonterman, Olivia Cooley, Alex Rand, Jessica Ball, and Jessie Smith. The girls placed fourth of the 13 teams, with Colyn True placing 14th overall in the 100-meter and 16th in the 200-meter, trailing Sara Kate Long finished, who finished 12th overall in 200-meter.

In the 400-meter, Kelsie Courtney placed 9th overall and Kirsten Baird finished 17th. In the 800-meter, Jessica Cooley placed fourth overall and scored 5 points for the team.

Morgan Chappell placed seventh, scoring 2 points. In the 1,600-meter, Brandi Chappell scored 5 points placing fourth and Kirsten Baird scored 4 points by placing fifth.

In the 3,200-meter, Brandi Chappell scored 6 points by placing third overall, and Kylie Wilberding scored 5 points finishing fourth.

In the 100-meter hurdles, Danyal Adams scored 5 points placing fourth overall. Ashby Drake placed 12th overall.

In the 300-meter hurdles, Kelsie Courtney placed second overall, scoring a hefty 8 points for the team. Danyal Adams placed seventh, scoring 2 points.

In the 4x100-meter relay with Sara Kate Long, Kayla Barnes, Eden Lacefield, and Baylie Robbins, the Lady Raiders set a new school record and scored 4 points, finishing fifth overall. The same group repeated that performance in the 4x200-

In the 4x400-meter relay, Lady Raiders Kelsie Courtney, Jessica Cooley, Eden Lacefeild, Jessie Smith placed fifth overall scoring 4 points.

In the 4x800-meter relay (Brandi Chappell, Jessica Cooley, Morgan Chappell, and Kelsie Courtney) earned the team 10 points by winning the event. In the high jump, Kayla Barnes placed eighth overall, scoring 1 point. Colyn True finished 13th.

In the long jump, Kylie Wilberding placed 16th and Ashby Drake placed 17th.

In the triple jump, Danyal Adams scored 1 point by placing eighth overall. In the shot put, Bonnie Wilson placed 10th and Sara Kate Long finished 11th.

In the discus, Danyal Adams finished eighth scoring 1 point; Bonnie Wilson placed 11th. 

The girls’ 4x800-meter relay brought home medals for their first-place finish. 

The boys’ team placed fourth overall, in spite of missing top scorers Taylor Ball, Justin Perkins, Matt Stethen, Josh Edington, and Michael Gonterman.

The absence of their teammates didn’t slow them down, and the boys set two school records.

In the 100-meter, Blake Renfro placed second (8 points) and Brody Newby third (6 points). In the 200-meter, Blake Newby placed 12th overall. In the 400-meter, Kyle Puckett placed seventh (2 points) and Reese True finished eighth (1 point).

In the 800-meter, Mike Baird placed third (6 points) and Connor Ball placed fifth (4 points). In the 1,600-meter, Mike Baird placed sixth (3 points) and Kyle Howdyshell finished ninth. In the 3,200-meter, Kyle Howdyshell finished fifth (4 points) and Connor Ball placed eighth (1 point). In the 300-meter hurdles, Tray Robbins placed 13th. In the 4x100-meter relay (Blake Renfro, Zach Adair, Brody Newby, and Stuart Barnes) placed second overall in a close race, scoring 8 points.

In the 4x200-meter (Blake Newby, Reese True, Kyle Puckett, and Christian Apel) placed sixth overall for 3 points. In the 4x400-meter relay (Blake Renfro, Mike Baird, Brody Newby, and Zach Adair) placed second overall, scoring 8 points and breaking the school record. 

In the 4x800-meter relay (Connor Ball, Christian Apel, Tray Robbins, and Kyle Howdyshell) placed third overall for 6 points.

In the high jump, Ryan Durrett finished fifth overall (4 points) and Stuart Barnes placed ninth. In the long jump, Matt Geisler placed 13th overall. In the triple jump, Matt Geisler placed eighth overall (1 point).

In the shot put, Blake Renfro finished seventh overall (2 points) and Ryan Durrett placed 12th. In the discus, Blake Newby placed 11th overall and Jonathan Wilson placed 12th.

“I thought we performed and finished great. I wasn’t sure what to expect, since we had so many kids missing tonight,” said Coach Jeff Vincent. “I even pulled up some of our sixth graders to fill in spots. For the girls and boys team to finish fourth in a competitive meet like this, made me pretty happy. My kids love to compete. They love a challenge and tonight it showed.”

The Runnin’ Raiders compete at Grant County, Henry County and Walton-Verona next week.