Another team first racked up by Lady Longhorns at new meet

    Weather continues to rear its ugly head, cancelling another meet for Chase County last weekend.
    However, the Longhorn athletes were able to get into the Wray, Colorado Invitational after Sutherland officials cancelled their meet on Saturday.
    Despite a late shifting of entries for a new meet, Girls’ Coach Troy Hauxwell said it was great to get a meet in against some new competition.
    Looking at results, the change didn’t phase the Lady Longhorns’ performances.
    Taking 10 of the 19 firsts, Chase County’s girls won with more than 117 points ahead of second place Wray.
    The meet also provided a couple of new medley relays for the girls to experience, a sprint medley relay (100m, 100m, 200m, 400m) and a 4 x 200m medley.
    While they placed second and fourth in the medley events, Chase County swept the three other relays—the 400, 1600 and 3200.
    Other Chase County golds came in the 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and the discus.
    The Lady Longhorns were a bit stingy with the top placings in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 after taking the gold, silver and bronze in all four.
    They also placed three in the top four in the 1600 and captured first and third in the 3200.
    While they scored in all of the field events, Allison Owings was the only gold medalists with a first in the discus. She was edged by former Chase County athlete Correy Koellner in the shot by an inch. Koellner now attends Holyoke High School.
    Ashley Bubak’s second in the triple jump was a PR as she earned the silver with a 31’11” jump.
    Freshman Caelyn Long, in addition to taking the gold in the 3200, set a new Wray meet record with her winning time of 13:16.75.
    She also tallied a personal best in the 1600, where she finished third with a time of 6:16.67.
    Another distance runner, sophomore Lindsey Mendenhall, also recorded a PR with her bronze medal run in the 3200 with a time of 14:20.92.
    Boys and girls ran the 3200 together, Hauxwell noted.
    Taylor Williams edged teammate Adelaide Maxwell in the 100, then the two flip-flopped places in the 200. Kamrie Dillan placed third in both.
    Due to runway conditions in Wray, the girls’ and boys’ pole vault competition was held Friday in Holyoke, Hauxwell said. There, Brooklyn Christensen finished sixth.
    “I was happy with our performances at Wray. It was an opportunity to compete,” Hauxwell said.
    But, as of Saturday, Chase County had yet to compete in a meet with preliminaries. All field events in Wray had four attempts, while running event winners were placed by heat times.
    Weather looked good for a full meet with preliminaries at Chase County’s home meet on Tuesday.
    Instead of medals, the first place winner in each event earned a Wray meet champion T-shirt. Hauxwell said that was a nice change for the girls.
    Six places were scored for the team standings.

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