Brashear Tigers Repeat As Tri-County Track
Champs. Girls Second
By David Sharp
Kale Watson captured three individual Tri-County Conference championships, leading Brashear to the 2008 boys’ team title for the second straight season. Brashear was second to Linn County in the girls’ final standings despite having only eight girls on their team.
Caroline Slavin won two conference silver medals. Christina Scudder, Hailee Kelsey, and Abby McKim won Lady Tiger silver medals. Jessi Hill won two bronze medals on the day.
Aric Luman won the 2008 boys’ conference Golden Shoe Award, emblematic of scoring the most individual points at the April 26, 2008 conference track meet. Luman won the boys’ 100 and 200 meter dash events for Novinger. Aric Luman also won the boys’ triple jump and finished second in the long jump.
Kale Watson was a serious contender for the Golden Shoe winning the boys’ high jump at 5’10”, the 110m hurdles in 17.68 seconds, the 300m hurdles in 45.90 seconds and winning the triple jump bronze medal at 38’3”.
Novinger senior Ashley Williams scored 36 points, winning the girls Golden Shoe Award for this year. Ashley Williams won the girls’ 100 and 200 meter dash events along with the 300m hurdles. She also placed third in the 100m hurdles.
Atlanta freshman Alex Bondi won the girls’ 1600 and 3200 meter running races. Jamie Guffey won the long jump and 100m hurdles for girls’ team champion Linn County.
Four Brashear Tigers won two conference gold medals each. Tony Raine and Adam Songer were members of the gold medal 4×100 and 4×400 meter relay teams. Jacob Owen was part of the Tiger championship 4×400 and 4x800m relay teams. Senior Josiah Belzer won the boys’ 800m run and was part of the 4X800m relay team.
Brashear scored 183 points winning the boys team championship. Novinger was second at 169 points. Atlanta was third at 70 points. LaPlata took fourth place at 62 points. Bevier finished fifth with 53 points. Linn County had 49, Bucklin was listed at seventh and Macon County eighth. Both teams had 20 boys’ team points. Green City was ninth with 13 points.
Linn County took the girls’ conference title with 153 points. Brashear was second at 117 points. Novinger took third with 97 points. LaPlata was fourth at 72 girls’ points. Green City placed fifth at 69 points.
Atlanta was sixth in the overall conference girls’ point standings with 46 points. Bucklin placed seventh at 43 team points. Macon County was eighth at eight points and Bevier finished ninth with four points.
“The girls worked really hard this year,” said Lady Tiger track coach Sara Williams. “We talked about what we needed to do. We have some people that aren’t used to running (certain events) but they just stepped up and filled those holes.”
“We needed to prove that we could still go out and be in front, even if we have eight girls. Even if you are small in numbers and are willing to work, it is better than having a bunch out there not willing to do much.”
Senior Hailee Kelsey won the bronze medal with a 14:49 second time in the girls’ 100m dash. Kelsey was third in the 200m dash at 30.37 seconds. Adrienne Mountain won a conference medal finishing sixth in the 200 meters in 33.28 seconds.
Hailee Kelsey captured the girls’ 400m dash silver medal for Brashear in 1:09.07 seconds. Abby McKim medaled in sixth place at 1:21.06 seconds. Stephanie Elsea won the sixth place medal in the girls’ 100m hurdles in 20.56 seconds. Caroline Slavin was seventh in the high hurdles at 20.79 seconds.
Caroline Slavin won a fourth place medal with a 58.13 second finish in the girls’ 300m hurdles. Stephanie Elsea won the sixth place low hurdles medal for Brashear in 60.25 seconds.
Jessi Hill won the girls’ 1600m bronze medal in 6:47.51 seconds. Abby McKim won the fifth place mile medal in 7:17.22 seconds. Hill won another bronze medal in the 3200 meter run in 15:07.96 seconds. Stephanie Elsea won another conference medal with a fourth place finish of 16:04 seconds.
Brashear senior Jessi Hill added to her impressive conference medal collection with a 26’7” sixth place finish in the girls’ triple jump. Jessi Hill was a 2007 Golden Shoe winner.
Christina Scudder came off the physically unable to perform list and won a silver medal in the girls’ shot put at 27’ 4 1/4”. Novinger’s Trisha Potter was first at 32’ 2.5”. Jamie Rouse won the girls’ discus for Green City at 88’9”. Abby McKim was second at 87’4” and Christina Scudder was fourth at 76’8’.
Adrienne Mountain, Sydney Slavin, Shelbie Creason and Abby McKim were fifth in the girls’ 4x100m relay in 1:25.25 seconds. Adrienne Mountain, Caroline Slavin, Sydney Slavin, and Shelbie Creason won silver medals in the girls’ 4x400m relay in 5:35.05 seconds.
Adrienne Mountain, Sydney Slavin, Shelbie Creason and Stephanie Elsea won fourth place medals in the girls’ 4x800m relay race in 14:27.15 seconds.
David Anderson won the boys’ 100m dash bronze medal in 12.46 seconds. Hayden Coin won a sixth place 100m dash medal in 13.13 seconds.
Tony Raine won a fifth place 200m dash medal for the Tigers in 26.81 seconds. Hayden Coin added to the conference championship total with a sixth place medal finish of 27.69 seconds.
Senior David Anderson won the boys’ 400m dash conference championship in 55.05 seconds. Tony Raine was fourth at 58.28 seconds. The first six places medaled at the Tri-County Conference track meet.
Senior Kale Watson struck gold in the boys’ 110m hurdles in 17.68 seconds. Matt Thomas took fourth in 19.90 seconds. Kale Watson completed the hurdling sweep winning the 300m intermediate hurdles in 45.90 seconds. Trae Treasure medaled in fourth place at 48.75 seconds.
Senior Josiah Belzer won the boys’ 800 meter conference championship in 2:17.60 seconds. Justin Hazen was fourth in the 800 meters in 2:20.72 seconds.
Mike Eitel won the boys’ 1600 meters for LaPlata in 5:05.14 seconds. Justin Hazen was second at 5:09.91 seconds.
Justin Hazen won another distance silver medal, finishing the 3200 meter run in 11:24.90 seconds. LaPlata freshman Birdie Beck ran a heady race, nipping Hazen at the tape in 11:24.63 seconds.
Dakota Jecques won the long jump for Novinger at 20’5”. David Anderson won the long jump bronze medal at 18’8”. Matt Thomas won the sixth place long jump medal for the Tigers at 15’10”.
Aric Luman was second in the long jump and won the triple jump at 42’8”. Dakota Jacques was second in the triple jump at 39’3”. Kale Watson leaped 38’3” winning the conference triple jump bronze medal. Trae Treasure won the fifth place triple jump medal at 35’8”.
Kale Watson won the high jump at 5’10”. Trae Treasure won the shot put bronze medal at 37’ even. Andy Thompson won the boys shot put at 42’9” for Macon County. Kiley Watson won the sixth place boys’ shot put medal at 33’6”
Cory Smith won the boys’ discus for Novinger at 117’1”. Andy Thompson was second at 108’8”. Kiley Watson was sixth for Brashear at 81’6”.
Brashear won three of the four boys’ relay events and was second in the other. Matt Thomas, Tony Raine, Adam Songer and Hayden Coin won 4x100m relay gold medals for Brashear in 52.22 seconds.
Novinger broke the Tiger relay sweep try winning the 4x200m relay in 1:46.31 seconds. Dyllon Redding, Jacob Shipman, Adam Songer and Hayden Coin won silver medals in 1:49.10 seconds.
Jacob Owen, Kiley Watson, Josiah Belzer, and Justin Hazen struck gold in the boys’ 4x800m relay finishing in a first place time of 9:28.47 seconds.
Jacob Owen, Tony Raine, Adam Songer, and Trae Treasure capped the 2008 Brashear conference track title winning the 4×400 meter relay in 4:04.56. Linn County was a distant second at 4:09.77 seconds.
“The good thing about the boys’ is that we have athletes that are good at several events,” said Coach Sara Williams. “We have good sprinters, good middle and long distance runners and are good at field events. It comes together to make a solid team run.”
“Losing Ryan Ferdig at the Knox County meet was a blow, but it was good to prove that we could still do it. It wasn’t just one athlete. This was a good day to run and get first and second.”