Glasgow boys, girls finish second at Fayette

Glasgow senior Alyson Fuemmeler clears the bar with plenty of room to spare in the girls’ pole vault. Fuemmeler, a two-time state qualifier in the pole vault, won Friday with a height of 7’-6”.

Finishing in second place in both the boys and girls standings at the Fayette Relays, barely missing out on the boys team title, left Glasgow head coach Becky Thompson pleased after her team’s first week of the season.

Glasgow’s boys posted 103.5 points, only 2.5 points behind champion Southern Boone, and the girls scored an even 100 points, finishing 11 points behind Salisbury.

Although Glasgow combined for just three wins at the meet between the boys and girls teams, the Yellowjackets posted a total of 18 top-three finishes in 34 events.

“We were looking back last year at sectionals, and our times are just a few seconds off here and there,” Glasgow head coach Becky Thompson said. “And we are better than we were last year at this time.”

Alyson Fuemmeler had very little ease winning the girls’ pole vault. The senior claimed victory by clearing a height of 7’-6”. That was the Lady Jackets’ only event win Friday.

Hayden Hackman continued the strong start to his freshman season, winning the 800-meters with a time of 2:11.98. That time was 13 seconds faster than his run just four days earlier and is already putting him on pace to qualify for state in the 800-meters.

The Hackman brothers helped rack up the points for Glasgow. Hayden, along with older brother Blake, were winners in the 4×400-meter relay to conclude the meet. Along with Austin Speiser and Landon Brand, the Yellowjackets won the relay in a time of 3:40.95.

In addition, the Hackman brothers scored 14 total points in the boys’ triple jump. Blake took second place with a leap of 40’-4.5” and Hayden finished third with a distance of 39’-11.5”. Blake also took second in the 400-meters with a time of 53.67 seconds.

“We could use Hayden in so many places,” Thompson said. “If we find another triple jumper, he might be placed somewhere else.”

Alex Mathews is still looking for his first sole individual win of the season, and Friday continued what appears will be a “fastest man” rivalry when he and Westran’s Zane Jacoby go head-to-head this season.

Mathews tied with Jacoby in the 100-meters in the season-opening meet and took second in the 200-meters behind him. However, on Friday, Jacoby claimed victory in both events. Mathews took second in the 100-meters with a time of 11.33 seconds and in the 200-meters in a time of 23.35. His 100-meters time was one-hundredth of a second behind Jacoby.

“His times today were a second better than they were a year ago at this time,” Thompson said.
Brand also had a pair of top-three individual finishes. He placed second in the pole vault with a height of 10’-0” and took third in the long jump with a leap of 19’-0”.

On the girls’ side, Julia Kramm took second place in the 400-meters with a time of 1:06.70, nearly setting a personal-best time. Abby Draffen, who was an All-State cross country medallist in the fall, finished in second place in the 3,200-meters behind Salisbury’s Caitlin Hammons — also an All-State cross country performer — with a time of 13:37.04.

Other top individual performances for the Lady Jackets include Devyn Yung taking third place in the high jump with a height of 4’-8” and Caitlin Yung placing third in the 1,600-meters with a time of 6:20.62.

In addition to the boys’ 4×400, Glasgow medalled in four other relays. The girls 4×400-meter relay of Reagan Fuemmeler, Abby Thompson, Julia Kramm and Caitlin Yung finished second in a time of 4:36.10. Staying with the Lady Jackets, the 4×800-meter relay — Kramm, Anne Reynolds, Caitlin Yung and Tara Fuemmeler — finished second as well with a time of 11:12.31. The girls’ 4×200-meter relay also took third place with a time of 1:59.83.

The Glasgow boys’ 4×200-meter relay took second place with a time of 1:37.12, giving each of the Hackmans four medals at the meet.

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