By David Sharp
Clark County won six events at the 2009 Palmyra Invitational Track Meet, held March 30. Javis Vineyard won the boys’ 100m dash. Matt Morrow took the triple jump. Lynn Williams completed an Indian jumping event sweep with first place in the boys’ long jump.
Michael Brennan captured the shot put title while the Indians won the boys’ 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay races. Medals were not awarded, nor team standings kept in the windy early season practice meet.
Clark County, Marion County, Highland, Palmyra, Knox County and Mark Twain comprised the six team field.
Meet highlights included Highland senior Alexis Clay sweeping the girls’ sprints, winning the 100 and 200 meter dash events. Palmyra swept both girls’ sprint relay races. Dominique McGruder took first place for Palmyra in the girls’ shot put and discus events.
Chelsea Edmonson took fifth for Clark County in the girls’ shot put with a distance of 27’3 3/8”. The Lady Indians finished fifth in the girls’ 4x800m relay in 12:43 seconds.
Jorden Plenge finished third in the girls’ 100m hurdles in 20.70 seconds. Megan Brennan placed sixth in the girls’ triple jump at 27’10”. Kayla Buschling took sixth for Clark County in the girls’ long jump at 12’2”.
Clark County finished fifth in the girls’ 4x400m relay in 4:58.50 seconds. Chelsea Edmonson finished second overall in the girls’ discus with a toss of 76’2”. Kayla Buschling was third in the high jump.
The Lady Indians finished third behind Palmyra and Mark Twain in the girls’ 4x200m relay event in 2:06 seconds. Clark County had two teams in the girls’ 4x100m relay event. The Lady Indians took second in 59.24 seconds and placed fourth in 1:07.31 seconds.
Stephanie Johnson took sixth in the girls’ 3200m run in 18:17 seconds. Nicole Dochterman came in fourth in the girls’ 200m dash with a time of 29.97 seconds. Jorden Plenge captured third in the girls’ 100m hurdles event in 20.70 seconds.
Justin Oilar took sixth in the intermediate hurdles in 49.06 seconds. Lynn Williams won the boy’s long jump for Clark County at 17’9”. Mason Owen placed sixth for the Indians at 16’1”.
Matt Morrow, Bryan Plenge, Mason Owen and Ethan Allen won the boys’ 4x100 meter relay event in 46.91 seconds. Knox County placed second at 47.12 seconds. The Indians took second in the boys’ 4x800m relay in 10:15.40 seconds. Mark Twain won the 3200 meter relay in 9:31.20 seconds.
Matt Humphrey won the boys’ discus for Highland at 107 feet even. Michael Brennan came in second at 105’4” while Colt Kiger was third at 103’5”.
Knox County’s Brady James crossed the finish line first in the boys’ 110m hurdles in 19.09 seconds. Lynn Williams bucked the wind for a third place finish in 20.31 seconds. Justin Oilar was next at 20.69 seconds.
Clark County took three of the top five places in the boy’s triple jump. Matt Morrow topped the list at 39’10”. Levi Miles was second for Palmyra at 39’1”. Bryan Plenge took third at 38’3”. Dyllon Howard had a solid overall meet for Highland and placed fourth at 37’8”.
Justin Alderton triple jumped 36’8”, finishing fifth for Clark County. Dyllon Howard won the boys’ 400m dash for Highland in 55.96 seconds.
Ethan Horton took second for Clark County in the boys’ 400m dash in 57.35 seconds. Grady Small was third for the Indians at 57.63 seconds.
Palmyra’s Ryan Brewer won a tight 200m dash final in 24.30 seconds. Ethan Allen nipped Knox County senior Mitchel Pegg at the wire for second place in 24.55 seconds. Mitchel Pegg was ninth overall in the Class 1 boy’s 200m dash last season. The Eagles moved up to Class 2 in the most recent track realignment.
Mason Owen was fourth for Clark County in the boy’s 200m dash in 25.98 seconds.
State medalist Javis Vineyard won the boys’ 100 meter dash with a good time of 11.48 seconds in cool and windy weather. Vineyard suffered an apparent hamstring injury after the 100 meters and could not compete in later events.
Mitchel Pegg was second in the boys’ 100m dash for Knox County in 12.08 seconds. Matt Morrow placed third for Clark County in 12.20 seconds.
Clark County took the top two places in the boys’ shot put. Returning state qualifier Michael Brennan heaved the steel ball 42’6 7/8” to win the event. Bryan Plenge was second at 39’6 7/8”.
The Indians finished third in the boys’ 4x200m relay behind first place Knox County and second place Palmyra. Clark County completed the distance in 1:47 seconds.
A broken bar shortened the boy’s high jump event. Dennis Dent won for Knox County, clearing at 5’8”. Dakota Armstrong was second for Clark County at 5’6”. Jeremy Dalton cleared at 5’4” for Clark County and placed third.
Clark County won the boys’ 4x400m relay event in 3:48.30 seconds. Palmyra, Highland and Mark Twain finished ahead of a second Clark County entry. The Indians took fifth at 4:14.79 seconds ahead of Knox County at 4:15.57 seconds.