L-S track team falls short by seven to defending section champ Ephrata

While other teams pulled their practices inside Monday, out of the downpour broken by fits of drizzle, the L-S Track team faced Ephrata at home in their second meet of the year. And despite losses (82-67 girls, 96-54 boys) the team has improved since their last meet, and had some good individual performances despite the elements.

And the girls' team performance was not bad either, considering they came within seven points of upsetting the league-leading defending section champion Ephrata.

The weather certainly fostered some ambiance, although competitors had different views about that.

“Through the adversity of the rain, it’s going to be fun to watch our team perform,” Caleb Gawne commented, to the chagrin of underclassmen listening nearby. 

Freshman standout, Kristen Herr, won all three throwing events.
Over by the high jump, Ryan Firestone and Alexis Mongeau had somewhat different views. “It sucks,” Ryan admitted, and Alexis said, “Terrible. Rather have it be sunny and seventy-five).

Despite this, both teams registered more places in events, generally capturing second and third when not getting first. Notable firsts though included Brady Stoner in the 110 and 300 hurdles, Julia Pritchard in the 300 hurdles, Alexis Mongeau in the High Jump, Ryan Firestone in the Pole Vault, Josh Eidemiller in the Javelin, and Kristen Herr in all three throwing events.

Also to be noted was Jasmine McClintock’s second place in the Mile, with a 5:25 personal record.
Relays again hurt the boys team, as they failed to score a single point, but the girls pulled off two wins, the four by eight hundred and the four by four hundred (Ephrata DQ’d, which means disqualified in track lingo).

Brady Stoner sprints to the finish line.
Overall, in a closely-contested meet, 17 girls recorded personal records according to assistant coach Mr. Calvin Esh.

Now the team goes on the road for a few weeks before returning for one last home meet, so if you’ve missed these two, you still have time. Our track provides all the comfort you could want on a windswept, sometimes soggy field, with a concession stand cranking out coffee and hot chocolate on cold days, gatorade on the warm, and walking tacos anytime.

And there’s always good entertainment.

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--Justin Burkett, LSNews.org Managing Editor; Photos by Payton King, LSNews.org Staff Photographer

Edited: BP

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