At the District 11-4A track and field meet, April 4-5, at Princeton’s Jackie Hendricks Stadium, the Melissa girls qualified their 4x200-meter relay team and individuals from nine other events for the area meet.
The 4x200 relay team of Natalie Courtney, Sally Clemmons, Reagan Eichel and Kaylee Lewis took first place with a time of 1 minute, 45.8 seconds. Lewis claimed first place as well in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes with times of 12.1 seconds and 25.61 seconds, respectively.
“Our 4x200 relay has gotten better with every meet,” Melissa head coach Clay McCarter said. “If we can get a few wrinkles ironed out, that group of kids has the ability to turn some heads as the season progresses.
“If we do what we need to do, we have a ton of potential to advance some athletes to the regional meet,” he said. “But we just have to win one race at a time. I have full confidence in the girls and I couldn’t be more proud of them up to this point in the season.”
Other Lady Cardinal area-qualifiers, with their times/distances, were:
-Lillian Rogers; second in pole vault; 8 feet
-Marissa Brunson; third in pole vault; 8 feet
-Susan Blake; third in shot put; 29 feet, 11.5 inches
-Alison Kocsis; third in 3200 meters; 12 minutes, 42.06 seconds
-Mia Ellis; third in 100-meter hurdles; 17.5 seconds
-Sally Clemmons; fourth in 300-meter hurdles; 50.52 seconds
-Alison Kocsis; fourth in 1600 meters; 5 minutes, 46.38 seconds
Other Melissa girls point-getters at the district meet were:
-Fifth-place 4X400 relay team of Courtney, Ashanti Johnson, Eichel and Clemmons; 4 minutes, 30.25 seconds
-Sixth-place 4X100 relay team of Brenna Sheriff, Ellis, Eichel and Johnson; 1 minute, 1.15 seconds
-Rachel Adejokun; sixth in shot put; 27 feet, 8.75 inches
-Madeline Graham; sixth in 3200 meters; 14 minutes, .59 seconds
The Lady Cards placed fourth overall at the district meet. The area meet will be held Thursday, April 19, at Princeton.