Junior Niamh Collins secured a spot on the podium at the Region 3 meet over the weekend after finishing 3rd place in the 800 m run. Niamh entered the race as the defending Regional Champion, and narrowly missed a return trip to state by less than a second. On a very windy day, Niamh’s time of 2:15.01 was just behind the second place time of 2:14.57 and first place time of 2:14.31.
Four Stratford boys, all underclassmen, finished top-10 in their respective events:
Kenneth Owen (soph) - 7th High Jump (6-2)
Ben Pearce (soph) - 8th 1600 m (PR of 4:25.4)
Daylan Rushing (junior) - 9th 800 m (1:59.52)
Nik Rodriguez (soph) - 10th Pole Vault (PR of 13-0)
Emma Hickman (senior) - 11th High Jump (5-0)
Addy Lanning (junior)- 14th Shot Put (32-06)
Siena Yoder (senior) - 16th 3200 m (12:40)
Lucksinger, Cauthen, Valentine, Strange - prelim only 4 x 100 relay
Heitmann, Botacio, Lucksinger, Valentine - prelim only 4 x 400 relay
Trinity Rosas (soph) - No height Pole Vault
Unfortunately, sophomore Paris Strange was dealing with an injury and did not compete in the 100 m or 4 x 400 relay.
Luke Rives (junior) - 12th Long Jump (21-0)
Derrick McGee (junior) - 14th Triple Jump ; prelim only 100 m
Ben Pearce (soph) - 12th 3200m (9:42)
Jona Morford (junior) - 13th 3200 m (9:50)
Nykko McMillan (junior) - prelim only 300 m hurdles
That’s a wrap on the 2023 Track & Field season. Both our Boys and Girls Varsity Teams were district runners-up and third place in Area, and many individuals (including freshmen and JV) performed at a high level throughout the season. A large number of our top Varsity participants will return next year, and the future looks bright with our younger athletes.
We will honor our seniors and all Track & Field participants at our upcoming banquet on May 8th.