By Maryonna Cathey
The New London girls and boys track teams both performed very well at the Northwestern Invite on Saturday, April 14.
The girls team had a number of members place to help win the meet, placing first out of eight teams with a total of 143.5 points, while Buckeye had 120.5.
Marisa Molnar placed second in shot and fourth in discus, Emily Durfey followed, placing fifth in discus. Emily Collins came in fourth in the long jump and tied for third in pole vault.
The 4x8 team of Abigail Good, Savannah Shaver, Kaylin Williams, and Dana Gustely ran a time of 10:34.18 to place first. Taylar Howell had a good meet, placing second in the 100 and 300 hurdles. Howell was also part of the fourth place 4x1 team with Amyah Durham, Collins, and Kaleigh Logan.
Maryonna Cathey came in first in the 100, 400, and was also part of the 4x4 team that placed first. Cathey also got third in the 200m dash. The girls 4x4 team of Zoey Mitchell, Shaver, Gustely, and Cathey ran their fastest time so far this year at 4:29.2.
Gustely’s main goal this season was to win one race, she has now accomplished the goal by running a 2:37 in the open 800 to place first. Kaylin Williams followed behind by two seconds to come in at third. Williams placed third in the mile. Gabby Osterland ran a great two mile with a time of 12:38, which put her in second place.
The boys team came in second with a total of 108 points.
Harold Hofheins came in fourth in shot put and fifth in discus,and Clayton Landis placed fourth in discus. Blake Dalton placed second in long jump and Isaac Popa came in sixth.
The 4x8 team of Carson Coey, Caleb Good, Curtis Joppeck and Austin Reed placed second, (8:47.6). Nick Moore placed third in both the 100 and 200m dash. Moore was also part of the 4x1 team placing fifth and the 4x2 team placing third. The 4x1 consisted of Jacob Allen, Colin Cole, Moore, and Haven Sullivan. The 4x2 consisted of Allen, Cole, Moore, and Aaron Reed. Allen also placed sixth in the 200m dash, and Sullivan came in seventh in the 100m dash.
Aaron Reed was second in the open 400 with a time of 54 seconds. Court Britt ran a 4:45, coming in third in the mile, and Curtis Joppeck followed with fourth. Dominic Albaugh had a great two mile to place third, (10:37).
The boys 4x4 team of Coey, Curtis Joppeck, Aaron and Austin Reed, was being beat by Smithville by a good 250-300 meters, but each guy ran below 55 seconds to close the gap and get in the lead with a time of 3:41.3.