Adelaide Maxwell, at left, leads the pack en route to her first place 100 meter dash finish. Teammate Sarah Allen was right behind in second. (Courtesy photo by Tandy Overstreet)

Freshman Madison Brown, right, keeps pace in the 1600 with Madison Lambley of DC Stratton. Brown finished second behind the fourth place 2016 state runner in the 1600. (Courtesy photo by Tandy Overstreet)

Lady Longhorns establish some good marks, times in opener

    Some promising performances came through at last Thursday’s track season opener for the Lady Longhorns.
    While there were no team scores kept or medals awarded, Chase County would have won the meet by a wide margin after winning 11 of the 16 events.
    Head Coach Troy Hauxwell said the Perkins County meet allowed them to enter unlimited athletes in all events.
    “I appreciate that opportunity. It gives our younger kids a chance to compete and provides us some benchmarks and times,” he said.
    It was also a good starter with all of the absences they’ve had at practice. As of Monday this week, he’s yet to have all of his team at one practice.
    While there is still work to be done, there were a lot of great times and marks recorded by his reigning Class C state champion team at their first meet of the season.
    Chase County’s 400 and 3200 meter relay teams have everyone back from the second and third place 2016 state teams, although sophomore Taylor Williams didn’t run last week due to a slight injury. She was replaced by freshman Mallie McNair.
    Both teams showed returning strength last week with easy wins in both.
    The 400 meter team won last week with a time of 51.0. That compares to their second place state time of 50.21.
    “Even with a couple of shaky handoffs, that’s a really good time,” he said. “That shows some promise.”
    The 3200 meter team ran a 10:01.10 last week to place first, quite a bit faster than their first meet of the 2016 season at Ogallala last year of 10:14 (The Perkins Co. meet was cancelled last year).
    “That’s a good way to start off,” Hauxwell said of the time.

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