The Switzerland County boys and girls track teams participated in the South Dearborn Invitational last Thursday, April 18th.
In the boys event, Pacer senior Zach Howlett continued his domination of the strength events, winning both the shot put and the discus; while in the girls invitational senior Leah Anders continues to show why she’s one of the top distance runners in the area, winning the 800-meters, while senior Aleiah Thomas continued her outstanding year in the field events, winning the high jump.
Lady Pacers 4th
Switzerland County finished with a team score of 75 points in the invitational to earn fourth place overall. Franklin County won the event with 140 points; followed by William Henry Harrison with 88 points and South Dearborn with 83 points. Following Switzerland County was Lawrenceburg, South Ripley, Cooper, Oldenburg Academy, Southwestern, Rising Sun, and Batesville.
The Lady Pacers had a strong team effort, led by the two individual wins.
Anders won the 800-meters in a time of 2:28.03; while Aleiah Thomas won the high jump with a height of 5’0”.
Ally Furnish had a good night in the hurdle events, finishing second in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of :50.16; and she was fifth in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of :18.39. The relay teams also had outstanding nights, with a pair of second place finishes. The 1,600-meter relay team of Anders, Abby Niswander, Lillian Northcutt, and Furnish was second in a time of 4:28.90; and the 3,200-meter relay team of Matty Anderson, Alisha Detmer, Kiley Flanders, and Anders was second in a time of 11:13.36.
Alisha Detmer was fourth in the high jump with a height of 4’8”; and the 400-meter relay team of Jayden Thomas, Raylinn Kappes, Sydney Thomas, and Aleiah Thomas was fifth in a time of :54.67.
Sixth place points were earned by Kappes in the 200-meter dash in a time of :28.61; Niswander in the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:05.72; Willow Lieland in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of :53.52; and Aleiah Thomas in the long jump with a distance of 13’9”.
Earning seventh place points were Alisha Detmer in the 3,200-meter run in a time of 14:46.57 and Kora Ferguson in the shot put with a distance of 27’11 3/4”; and eighth places were earned by Kappes in the 100-meter dash in a time of :13.94 and Anderson in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 6:09.36.
Other Lady Pacers included: Lieland finishing 13th in the 100-meter dash and 16th in the long jump; Northcutt finishing ninth in the 400-meter dash; Allison Detmer finishing 10th in the 100-meter hurdles; Ferguson finishing 12th in the discus; and Hannah Hayes finishing 14th in the discus and 16th in the shot put.
Howlett double winner
The boys team finished in the invitational in ninth place overall with 35 points. Franklin County won the event with 103 1/2 points; followed by Southwestern with 80; Lawrenceburg with 70; and Williamstown with 66. South Deaborn was fifth; followed by Cooper, William Henry Harrison, and Oldenburg Academy. Following Switzerland County was South Ripley in 10th, Batesville in 11th, and Rising Sun in 12th.
Howlett continues to be the big story for boys Pacer track, continuing to dominate both throwing events. At South Dearborn, he won the shot put with a distance of 46’ 7 3/4”; and he doubled up with a win in the discus with a distance of 132’ 1”.
The Pacer 400-meter relay team of Myles Covington, Scott Blair, Austin Bosaw, and JW Goldsberry finished fourth overall with a time of :47.91; and Dathan Brown finished fifth overall in the discus with a distance of 105’ 7”.
Earning seventh place points was Goldsberry in the 100-meter dash in a time of :12.26 and Cory Taulbee in the 300-meter hurldes in a time of :46.04; and eight places were earned by Goldsberry in the 200-meter dash in a time of :24.63 and Taulbee in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of :17.79.
Other Switzerland County competitors included: Covington, 13th in the 100-meter dash and 15th in the 200-meter dash; Ben Hicks was 11th in the 800-meter run; Coby Manbeck was 19th in the 3,200-meter run; Blair was 16th in the long jump; and Alec Boggs was 15th in the shot put. The 1,600-meter relay team of Hicks, Bosaw, Covington, and Goldsberry finished 10th overall.
Both teams will participate in the Vevay Media Group Invitational at home tonight (Thursday, April 25th) beginning at 5 p.m.