The Switzerland County varsity track teams participated in the ORVC conference meet held last Tuesday, May 10th, on the Pacer track.
The Lady Pacer squad finished second overall with a score of 132 — just one heartbreaking point behind conference champion South Ripley, who had a score of 133.
Jac-Cen-Del was third with 88 points; followed by Shawe with 47; Milan with 33; Southwestern with 23; and Rising Sun with 5.
Senior Raylinn Kappes capped off her outstanding career from a conference perspective, winning the 200-meter dash in a time of :27.23; and she also anchored the winning 400-meter relay team along with Carly Bennett, Megan Wetzel, and Brooklyn Flanders who ran a time of :54.07. Kappes also finished second in the 100-meter dash.
Freshman Claire Rogers won the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:26; she finished second in the 800-meter run and the 3,200-meter run; while she also teamed with Alisha Detmer, Macy Collier, and Gracie White to finish second in the 3,200-meter relay.
Switzerland County’s other blue ribbon was earned by the 1,600-meter relay team of Alisha Detmer, White, Wetzel, and Flanders, who ran a time of 4:28.
Second places were earned by Alisha Detmer in the high jump; while Collier was third in the high jump, Wetzel was third in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, and White was third in the 800-meter run.
Alisha Detmer was fourth in the long jump, Wetzel was fourth in the 100-meter dash, Hannah Hayes was fourth in the shot put and the discus, White was fourth in the 1,600-meter run; and Flanders was fourth in the 400-meter dash.
Finishing fifth was Bennett in the long jump and the 100-meter hurdles; Terra Oeffinger in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles; Dakota Richards in the 400-meter dash; Flanders in the 200-meter dash; and Amber Detmer in the 3,200-meter run; while Oeffinger was also seventh in the shot put.
In the boys event, Southwestern won with a team score of 114 1/2, followed by Milan with 95, South Ripley with 69, Rising Sun with 65 1/2, Jac-Cen-Del with 48, Switzerland County with 46, and Shawe with 24.
The lone championship for the Pacers came from the 3,200-meter relay team of Nathan Furnish, Derek Hoskins, Dylan Sullivan, and Cooper Hon, who ran a time of 8:57.
Furnish finished second in the 800-meter run, and the 400-meter relay team of Darian Graham, Tyler Hoskins, Derek Hoskins, and Matt Davis also finished second.
Earning third place points was Davis in the 100-meter dash; and the 1,600-meter relay team of Davis, Derek Hoskins, Tyler Hoskins, and Furnish.
Furnish was fourth in the 1,600-meter run; Davis was fourth in the 200-meter dash; Graham was seventh in the long jump, Tyler Hoskins was seventh in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash, and Sullivan was seventh in the 3,200-meter run; while Derek Hoskins finished eighth in the 400-meter dash and Graham was eighth in the shot put.