The sunshine and 50-degree weather provided a boost to the entire squad track and field squad at George Rogers Clark High School as the boys team cruised to a victory by a margin of 73 points and the girls team won by 11-point margin in a meet last weekend at Montgomery County.
The event was held at Montgomery County’s new track and field complex. The Cards won the first Mayors Cup, awarded to the first-place team.
“I loved the fact that we were running outside,” said Wiebke Gergeleit, George Rogers Clark German exchange student and girls track team member after Clark kicked off its outdoor season. “It was wonderful.”
In the final boys team standings, the Cards won the Cup with a 185, followed by Montgomery County (112), Menifee County (57), Bourbon County (56), Bath County (45) and Powell County (43).
The Cards came to the meet ready to compete and swept all running events with the exception of the 200-meter dash. In the 100- and 400-meter dash events, Mark Davis placed first. Andrew Ping placed second in the 400-meters, while Clay Dixon placed first followed by Alex White second in the 800-meter race.
In the 1600-run, Clark’s White was first followed by teammates Brandon Bailey and Ben Petrey in second and third respectively. In the 3200, White placed first and Grayson Brookshire placed second.
Clark captured the top two spots in the 110-meter hurdles. Nathan Dent placed first, followed by Branden Burris.
In the 300-meter hurdles, the roles were reversed with Burris first and Dent second and in the relay events, Clark placed first in the 4x800 and 4x400 relays and placed second in the 4x200 and 4x100 relay.
In the field events, the Cards placed first in both the high jump (Jonathan Hubbard) and shot put (Matt Daugherty).
The girls races were closer than the boys. The Lady Cards had their hands full with Bath County, which placed first in the sprints with Taylor Everman winning the 100-meter race. Christina Thompson won the 200-meter event and and Haley Clark was first in the 400-meters.
Clark’s Sandra Skinner placed third in the 100-meter dash in her first track meet.
Destiny Hembree placed fourth in both the 200-meter and 400-meter runs. Gergeleit was second in the 400 meters.
Clark’s distance teams came to the rescue with a total sweep of their events.
In the 800-meter race, Kate Evans placed first, followed by Lydia Gapp in second. Evans was first in the mile run, followed by Tiffany Toler in second place. Toler captured the top spot in the two-mile run, followed by Evans second.
In the hurdles Ivy Gapp placed first in the 100 meter and second in the 300 meter. Gergeleit placed third in the 300 meter hurdles. The girls relay was a reflection of the boys relay with Clark capturing the 4x800 and 4x400 races, and placing third in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
In the field events, Skinner placed first in the triple jump and second in the long jump. Gapp placed second in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump.
Melina Amegbleame took sixth in the shot put with a throw of 22-07.50.
In the final team standings, the Lady Cards placed first with 166 to Bath County’s 155. Montgomery County was third (97), Powell County placed fourth (39) and Menifee County was in fifth with 11 points. Bourbon County’s girls failed to score.
“I am not going to lie, as a former mayor I wanted to win the Mayor’s Cup bad,” Clark coach Dodd Dixon said. “I am friends with all of the area mayors and you want your team to do well in front of your friends.”