Fayette relay teams off to strong start at Westran

Fayette senior Dillian McDonald clears a hurdles in the boys’ 110-meter hurdles at the Westran Invitational on Monday. McDonald finished fourth in the event with a time of 18.39 seconds.

Glasgow senior Erin Reynolds (foreground) takes the handoff from her younger sister, Anne Reynolds, on the second exchange of the 4×800-meter relay. Glasgow, a state-qualifier in the event a year ago, won the relay on Monday at Westran with a time of 11:16.00.

New Franklin sophomore Grace Chambers tries to clear a height of 4’-6” in the girls high jump. Chambers finished in sixth place in the event and also took fourth place in the girls 300-meter hurdles.

Monday’s first track meet of the season may not have produced any victories for Fayette, but the Falcons still had a strong showing at Westran.

In total, the Fayette boys and girls combined for two second-place finishes and four third-place times. The boys came in fifth place with 56 team points and the girl took seventh place with 42 points out of nine schools.

“I told the kids congratulations on competing, because I think that’s the one thing we did well,” Fayette head coach Tom Oakley said. “We ran across some areas that need to be fixed. As far as relays, we’re juggling people around. We may need to get people in different spots in the relays.”

Ahmad McCutcheon placed in the top-four in his four events. Individually, he took third place in the 100-meters with a personal-best time of 11.73 seconds. He was one-hundredth of a second behind Westran’s Zane Jacoby and Glasgow’s Alex Mathews, who tied for the win in the event.

“He just runs so smooth,” Oakley said. “A lot of freshmen get out there and you’ve got to fix their stride or fix something they’re doing. There’s not a lot of fixing to be done with him.”

In addition, McCutcheon took third in the 200-meters with a time of 24.31 seconds. Once again, he finished behind Jacoby and Mathews. The Fayette freshman was also fourth in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5’-4”.

The boys’ 4×200-meter relay had the team’s top finish, taking second place with a time of 1:45.68. The relay consisted of Sam Moore, Leif Dezner, Ryan Linhart and Max Mc-Kinney. The 4×100-meter relay, consisting of Moore, McCutcheon, Dillian McDonald and McKinney, came in third place with a time of 48.57 seconds.

For the Fayette girls, two relays accounted for both top-three finishes Monday. The 4×100-meter relay of Ashley Oakley, Clara Beaman, Kelsey Oakley and Haleigh Strodtman took second place with a time of 56.41 seconds. They finished less than a tenth of a second behind Sturgeon.

Oakley said Fayette had the lead toward the end of the relay, but Sturgeon pulled ahead down the stretch.

The 4×200-meter relay came in third place in a time of 2:02.00. The relay consisted of Ashley Oakley, Beaman, Natalie Bishop and Strodtman.

As for individuals, freshman Jada Gaines came in fourth place in the 100-meters with a time of 13.74 seconds. Strodtman took fifth place in the shot put with a throw of 29’-0”, just five inches from her personal-best set last year at districts.

“Dillian ran his personal-best in the 300-meter hurdles in the first meet of the year, and as windy as it was, that’s awesome,” Oakley said. “I liked what I saw out of him. Jada had a really good day running. We didn’t have her in the sprint relays, but we’ll look to throw her in those soon.”

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The Glasgow girls had just one event win Monday at Westran, but several second and third-place finishes gave the Lady Jackets the team title at the meet with 135.5 points.

Glasgow scored points with multiple athletes in eight events, and had four events in which three girls scored points in the top-eight.

“Coach (Stacey) Kottman and I were very pleased with the performance of our athletes,” Glasgow track head coach Becky Thompson said. “We had several athletes gone because of the KRES banquet or sickness. The kids have worked hard for the past four weeks. Track is a strong tradition at Glasgow and we have the athletes to make it stronger.”

Glasgow’s only win came in the 4×800-meter relay. The team of Julia Kramm, Anne Reynolds, Erin Reynolds and Abby Thompson posted a winning time of 11:16.00.

The Lady Jackets’ 4×200-meter relay (2:00.70) and 4×400-meter relay (4:39.90) also took second place Monday. The 4×100-meter relay finished third in a time of 57.30 seconds.

As for individual finishes, Shelby Prentzler took second in the discus with a throw of 82’-2” and Caitlin Yung placed second in the 800-meters, crossing the finish line in a time of 2:49.06. Abby Draffen also placed second in the 3,200-meters with a time of 14:22.00.

Reagan Fuemmeler took third place in three events. The sophomore had a jump of 32’-6” in the triple jump, a time of 18.66 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles and a time of 55.97 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles.

Other third-place finishers for Glasgow includes Devyn Yung in the high jump (4’-10”) and Caitlin Yung in the 1,600-meters (6:24.47).

The Glasgow boys took third place in the team standings with 87.5 points, finishing behind Marceline and Westran.

In addition to Mathews tying for first place in the 100-meters, Hayden Hackman added another win for Glasgow in the 800-meters, posting a winning time of 2:24.20.

Hackman added a couple of other top-three finishes Monday. He took second in the triple jump with a leap of 39’-4” and placed third in the 400-meters with a time of 55.77 seconds.

Mathews took second place in the 200-meters with a time of 24.28 seconds. Jeremy Muse came in third in the shot put with a throw of 32’-9.5”.

As for the relays, the Glasgow boys came in second place in the 4×800-meter relay with a time of 10:17.60 to start the running events. The Yellowjackets also finished second in the 4×400-meter relay (4:02.10) and took third in the 4×200-meter relay (1:51.09).

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The New Franklin girls were down one of their top runners Monday, but the Lady Bulldogs still came away with a third-place finish in the team standings, posting 84 points at Westran.

Madi Lyons had two event victories. The junior won the 1,600-meters in a time of 6:02.60 and was also victorious in the 800-meters, crossing the finish line in a time of 2:40.50.

Abi Schapira also had a win in the 3,200-meters with a time of 14:10.00. Teammate Kaitlin Dobson took third in the same event with a time of 15:09.00.

Rounding out New Franklin’s top-three finishes was the 4×800-meter relay, which took second place with a time of 11:27.52.

Without Sara Montgomery attending the meet, New Franklin scratched in the 4×100-meter relay, as well as Montgomery’s sprinting events. But New Franklin head coach Adam Quest said he was most impressed with his girls’ 4×400-meter relay.

“Most of our best 400-meter runners compete in multiple other events, so we don’t often put them all in our 4×400-meter relay at the same time,” Quest said. “For this meet, I wanted to give it a go, and despite being without our top 400-meter runner (Sara Montgomery), we still finished very well. It may not happen that we put them all in very often, but when we do, I look forward to great things from them this year.”

The relay team of Madison Maupin, Grace Chambers, Molly Lyons and Madi Lyons took fourth place with a time of 4:49.40, but that time was 29 seconds faster than New Franklin’s relay time just three days earlier in Boonville.

For the New Franklin boys, Kordell Hendrix was the only individual to score points Monday. He took fourth place in the shot put with a throw of 32’-2.5” and placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 83’-0”.

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