The boys and girls track teams traveled to Columbus last weekend where they had to battle the weather on Friday night. A thunderstorm which took it’s sweet time leaving the area delayed the start of the DI meet almost four hours. As if that was not enough adversity, then add in all of the top athletes from across the state and the Elks found themselves in the middle of a very tough situation. However, as is usually the case, our kids rose to the challenge and had an excellent overall meet.
The boys finished tied for fifth overall while the girls finished 28th. Senior Yariel Soto finished fourth in the long jump at 23-06.25 ft and the pole vault at 15-06 ft. to podium in both events. He then led off the boys 4×200 relay team that finished third overall and set a new school record at 1:26.86. That means Yariel was on the podium three times at his last meet. Joining him on the podium were Wyatt Kline, Corey Burnette and Cam Stevens, his teammates on the 4×200 relay . In the high jump, Jason Sneed cleared 6″8′ to finish 5th overall and make the podium.
For the girls, senior Libby Roush finished sixth overall in the discus at 141-08 ft. to podium. Libby finished 17th in the shot put at 36-5.25 ft. Sophomore Emma Bucher made the podium in the 1600m run finishing fourth overall with a time of 4:52.31. Kerri Walsh finished 17th in the 3200m run with a time of 11:32.54.
Just an outstanding meet by these athletes and an incredible year for both teams and their coaches. Great job!