Another big day for Greene County track
By SUE RIEDER
Greene County High School track and field teams participated in eight events at the state meet on Friday. All of the events finished in the top 20. That may not sound like a big deal, but considering that there are 64 teams in Class 3A, top 20 is still quite an accomplishment.
Daric Whipple ended his season on a high note, setting his fourth consecutive new personal record in as many meets. Whipple placed sixth in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of :55.29. Emma Saddoris finished seventh in the 3A long jump with a leap of 16’ 3.25”. Eme Johnson competed in the 100 meter and 400 meter hurdle races, finishing 12th in the shorter race with a time of :15.77 and 18th in the 400 distance in 1:09.97. The 4 x 200 relay of Hannah Stein, Saddoris, Emily Christensen, and Olivia Hansen ran 1:46.83, which was almost three seconds faster than their time at the district meet. According to Coach Kelly Simpson, that time broke both Greene County and Jefferson-Scranton school records. The quartet placed eleventh in that event. The girls 4 x 100 meter relay of Mollie Sorber, Emma Saddoris, Emily Christensen, and Olivia Hansen ran a season best time of :51.18 and finished 16th.
After the second day of competition, coach Kelly Simpson was extremely happy. “We improved our times in all of our relays and have two place winners. Right now we have 10 team points, and we haven’t scored that many points at the state meet in awhile”
In addition to Whipple’s 400 hurdle event, Alex Rasmussen threw the shot put 47’ 5.25” and finished 16th, and the 4 x 100 relay team of Dylan McConnell, Dalton Weber, Dylan Hamilton, and Max Neese ran a season’s best time of :44.67 and finished 19th.
“This was a great state meet for us. We competed well both days that we were here, setting some season best times and having a state place winner. I am proud of our kids.”