While Andrea Page missed the medals in the shot put, she was third in the discus at the Cambridge meet with a season’s best throw of 113’4”. (Johnson Publications photo)
Mallie McNair runs her anchor leg in the 3200 meter relay at Cambridge Monday, en route to Chase County’s first place finish. That was just one of three gold medals she earned and was named the meet’s Outstanding Female Athlete. (Johnson Publications photo)
Girls capture another title, but still look for full meet experience
Another meet title is in the books for Chase County’s Lady Longhorns, but Coach Troy Hauxwell is still waiting to see how the team does in a full meet that includes preliminaries.
In the first three outings of the season, all running events have been finals and field event athletes were limited to a set number of jumps or throws as some meets were shortened due to weather and rescheduling.
Hopefully, that will change this week when the Lady Longhorns head to the Sutherland Invitational, which was moved a day early and will be held today (Thursday).
Hauxwell said athletes need that experience of preliminaries to give them more reps under the pressure of a meet.
“That meet pressure experience prepares us better for later,” he said.
“You can’t simulate that competition in practice.”
Due to poor weather forecasts again, Sutherland’s meet was moved from Friday to Thursday, but will follow the same time schedules.
That means a start time of 12 noon MT for field events. Meet officials hope those are finished before the running events start at 3 p.m. MT
Chase County’s girls hold four of the Sutherland meet records including all three relays. Mallie McNair is also the meet record-holder in the 800.
All of those records were set last year.
Seven wins to Chase County
Of the 17 events at Cambridge Monday, Chase County athletes won seven of them.
McNair, a sophomore, was named the meet’s Outstanding Female Athlete as she racked up a trio of firsts in the 400, and as one of the legs in both gold medal 1600 and 3200 meter relay teams.
“She ran a great first leg in the 1600 then the anchor on the 3200,” Hauxwell said as both teams won by wide margins.
Another big highlight of the meet was senior Peyton Fielder’s winning time in the 100 meter high hurdles, Hauxwell said, as well as second place medals in two other events.
Her 16.35 hurdle finish was a personal best, topping the 16.56 she ran as a sophomore, he noted. She also earned silvers in the 300 meter hurdles and pole vault.
Since Monday’s meet was a shortened schedule again, Hauxwell said he’s anxious to see how Fiedler does when she gets more rest between events.
He was also impressed with Adelaide Maxwell’s winning time in the 100, with teammate Kamrie Dillan in second. Their 13.29 and 13.67 times are their fastest this season.
Sophie Spady took first in the 800 with a season’s best of 2:34. Hauxwell said the sophomore always has a good workload at their meets, and was in all three of the relays, as well, on Monday, although the 400 meter team was disqualified.
Allison Owings maintained her dominance in the shot put, winning it a third time this season in as many outings.
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