Local stars do well at Madison Central Invitational
Pulaski County boys grab first place over host school; girls’ track teams also compete
By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent Commonwealth Journal
In the sport of track and field, every point matters.
The Pulaski County boys’ team proved just that in Friday evening’s Madison Central Invitational, as they outscored meet host Madison Central by a lone point to grab first place by a score of 123 to 122.
Also on the boys side of things, Somerset finished sixth with 49 points, while Southwestern rounded out the top ten with 17 points.
A pair of Pulaski boys’ relays team grabbed first place in their respective races. The 3200-meter relay team of Mason Blevins, Matthew Crawford, Morgan Stevens, and Jimmy Goldson, ran away with a winning time of 8:25. The quartet of Josh O’Connor, Alec Wooldridge, Austin Hyden, and Goldson, won the 1600-meter relay with a clocking of 3:36.
Blevins gave the Maroons sometime big-time points, as the junior swept the long distance races. Blevins won the mile run with a time of 4:45 and the two-mile with a clocking of 10:01.
Goldson and Crawford finished one-two in the 800-meter run, as Goldson took first with a time of 2:02 and Crawford grabbed second with a clocking of 2:06.
Pulaski’s Austin Hyden finished second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.75 seconds. Kaleb Rowe took the runner-up spot in the triple jump with a mark of 42’06”.
Somerset’s Tyler Megargel did well in the hurdle events, as the senior grabbed second in the 110-meter hurdles and fourth in the 300-meter hurdles.
The first four spots of the 100-meter dash belonged to local runners, beginning with the Briar Jumpers’ Cam Cheuvront, who took the top spot in a time of 11.42 seconds. Teammate Will Lange finished second, while O’Connor and Wooldridge finished third and fourth, respectively.
After winning the 100-meter dash, Cheuvront won the long jump with a mark of 19’06”. Somerset’s Jonathan Baker took the silver medal in the pole vault, while the Maroons’ Daniel Pitman grabbed the bronze medal.
On the girls side, meet host Madison Central ran the roost, as the Lady Indians tallied a meet-high 121.83 points. Somerset finished sixth with 43.50 points, Pulaski finished eighth with 38 points, and Southwestern came home in the 12th position with 16.50 points.
Lady Maroon eighth-grader Alyssa Hyden had a strong showing at the meet, finishing second in the mile and first in the two-mile. Hyden’s winning two-mile time was 12:27.
For Pulaski, Euliah Perkins grabbed third in the shot put, throwing 30’03”. Perkins finished fifth in the discus throw.
2012 state champion Maranda Mills finished first in the high jump, second in the triple jump, and third in the long jump. Kathryn Alexander won the pole vault with a winning vault of 8’00”.
Southwestern’s Hannah Norris finished third in the high jump.