It was a cold, rainy night last Thursday when the Switzerland County boys and girls varsity track teams hosted the annual Vevay Media Group Invitational; but that didn’t stop Lady Pacer Whitley Schirmer from heating up the track with a new school record.
The sophomore established a new record in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:11.14, breaking the record previously held by Patience Meyer. Schirmer topped that off with a win in the 1,600-meter run, finishing in a time of 5:38.34.
The Lady Pacers also captured the 400-meter relay in a time of :54.98.
Those wins helped propel Switzerland County to the girls team title in the invitational with a score of 111 points. Jac-Cen-Del was second overall with 87 points; followed by Southwestern with 76 points; South Ripley with 64; Lawrenceburg with 41; Rising Sun with 27; and Madison Shawe with 16.
Finishing second for Switzerland County was McKayli Scudder in the high jump; Eve Galbreath in the 110-meter hurdles; Natalie Newman in the shot put; and the 3,200-meter relay team.
Third place points were earned by Paige Sawyer in the 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles; Galbreath in the shot put; MacKenzie Covington in the 400-meter dash; and the 1,600-meter relay team.
Fourth places went to Emma Giglio in the high jump; Moriah Northcutt in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles; and Cameron Ray in the 3,200-meter run. Finishing fifth was Megan Dasis in the 100-meter dash and Jody Breeck in the discus; while sixth places were earned by Katerina Svodoba in the 400-meter dash and the 800-meter run.
In the boys meet, Switzerland County battled adversity to finished sixth overall with 34 points.
Rising Sun won the invitational with 110 points; followed by Lawrenceburg with 88; South Ripley with 70; Southwestern with 63; Jac-Cen-Del with 40; and Madison Shawe finished with 29 points.
Pacer Ben Curran was a double winner, earning first place in the high jump with a height of 5’10”; and he also won the 110-meter high hurdles in a time of :16.78. A technical error when a Pacer relay team did not come to the starting line for a race meant that Curran was not eligible to run in the finals of the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, costing him a third first place and Switzerland County valuable points.
Maxwell Anders was third for the Pacers in the high jump; Brad Rickett was fifth in the shot put and sixth in the discus; Brody Splain was sixth in the 100-meter dash (the same technical error in the relay cost Splain a chance to compete in the finals of the 200-meter dash); Bailey Bennett was sixth in the 400-meter dash; and the 3,200-meter relay team finished fourth.