High School track teams host Switzerland County Invitational


The Switzerland County Track Invitational was held last Thursday, April 27th, and both Pacer teams earned fifth place.

Earning first places in the meet for the girls was Christina Ahaus in the shot put with a distance of 30’ 5”; while Ashley Chase earned first in the 100-meter dash with a time of :12.47.

For the boys: Kyle Green earned first place in the high jump event, breaking his own personal record with a jump of 6’ 0”.

Earning a second place was April Thieman in the 400-meter dash; and she also placed third in the 200-meter dash and the long jump. She was fifth in the 100-meter dash.

B.J. Shelton earned second place in the shot put; and Brandon Otter earned second place in the high jump.

Third place in the girls events went to Amanda Hon in the 3,200-meter run; who is still recovering from an injury.

In the boys events: third place was earned by Jim Abbott in the 3,200-meter run and Brandon Otter in the long jump.

Nathan Hickman finished fourth in the 300-meter hurdles and fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles.

In relays, the team for the boys in the 3,200-meter run, consisting of: Josh Snow, Jim Abbott, Matt Johnson and Chad Robinson, placed fourth, but ran 14-seconds better than their previous best with a time of 9:31.

In the 400-meter relay: Matt Wegman, Nathan Hickman, Kyle Green and Brandon Otter placed fifth.

In the 1,600-meter relay, earning sixth place was the team of: Josh Snow, Chad Robinson, Matt Johnson and Nathan Hickman. Josh Snow also placed sixth for the boys in the 1,600-meter run.

In the girls 3,200-meter run Beth Abbott earned sixth place; and also placing sixth was Laci Daugherty in the 300-meter hurdles and Katie Rayls in shot put.

“This was a great meet for us. The athletes placed very well in a meet that had all but one conference school in it,” girls coach Adam Dennis said. “April Thieman had an outstanding night, placing in all four of her events. Christina Ahaus remains a young talent in the shot put; and Beth Abbott made enormous strides in the 3,200, improving her time by 41-seconds.”

“We are still battling injuries with some of the athletes but, I was very happy with several performances such as Zak Rayls throwing his personal record in shot put,” boys coach Sean McGarvey said. “Kyle Green who also broke his personal best in the high jump.”