The Norris City-Omaha-Enfield Junior High Boys and Girls track teams got their season underway Wednesday afternoon when they ventured to McLeansboro to take part in the Hamilton County Invitational track meet. Those teams taking part in this meet were Christopher, Hamilton County, Johnston City, NCOE, Sesser, and Unity Point.
Field events got the meet started, and for the Jr. Cards boys, Cord Tucker would claim sixth place in the High Jump when he cleared 4’ 8”. Erik Healy and Ethan Bridges would take part in the Long Jump. Healy would leap better than 14’ to claim fourth place. The Shot Put would find Chris Williams registering a throw of 28’ 14”, while Aydan Allen would record a throw of 25’ 0”. Allen and Williams would trade spots in the Discus with Allen’s throw measuring 45’ 3” and Williams 32’ 8”.
Running events would finish the meet for NCOE with the 7th Grade 800M Relay starting the events for the boys. In this race, Logan Price, Stryder Ramsey, Braden Mendoza, and Lane Connaway would finish in 5th place with a time of 2:21.32. The 400M Relay would follow and Joel Hortin, Cain Weaver, Colby Prather, and Erik Healy would collect a 3rd place finish with a time of 55.39. Relays suspended for a while and individual races kicked off. Cord Tucker and Joel Hortin would compete for the Jr. Cards in the 400M Dash. Tucker would claim a 4th place finish with a time of 1:04.58. Hortin would finish in 1:05.00. The 1600M run would find Braden Mendoza completing the four laps in 6:27 and Lance Connaway 7:02. Relays would kick back in with the Varsity 800M Relay. This race would find Colby Prather, Jaden Simmons, Cord Tucker, and Cain Weaver finishing in 4th place with a time of 2:08. The next race would be the 7th Grade 100M and Logan Price would finish this sprint with a time of 15.33. The 8th Grade 100M would witness Erik Healy crossing the line in 13.60 and Ethan Bridges 14.77. Colby Prather would collect a 3rd place finish in the 800M with a time of 2:39 followed by Stryder Ramsey in 3:14. The 200M found Erik Healy grabbing 5th place with a time of 29.39 followed by Jaden Simmons in 31.18. The final race of the meet for the boys was the 1600M Relay. This race would bring home another ribbon with Cord Tucker, Cain Weaver, Jaden Simmons, and Joel Hortin completing the four laps with a time of 4:38.
For the Lady Cardinals, Bree Vollman would clear 4’ 6” in the High Jump. Vollman and and Abby Jones would take part in the Long Jump and Vollman would leap better than 12’ to capture 5th place. Sarah Luthe and Taylor Johnson would take part in the Shot Put and Luthe would throw the shot 24’ 1/2” and Johnson 19’ 11”. Dalena Carmickle would hurl the discus 48’ 11” to lead the Lady Cardinals in the Discus, followed by Elise Hortin at 28’ 1/2”. Gracie Allen was the lone Cardinal competitor in the 100M Hurdles with a time of 26 seconds. Bree Vollman, Lydia Vineyard, Morgan Bryant, and Mack Terrell would make up the 400M Relay team and this group would finish in 2nd place with a time of 58.28. Ebany Jolley and Hailei Yeager both placed in the top five in the 1600M with Jolley placing 3rd with a time of 6:56 and Yaeger placing 5th at 7:20. The 800M Relay team of Mack Terrell, Lydia Vineyard, Morgan Bryant, and Ebany Jolley captured 3rd place at 2:19.36. Following this relay the sprints would kick off and Mallory Fulkerson and Hailei Yeagar would take part in the 7th Grade 100M. Fulkerson crossed the line in 16.05 and Yeager 16.65. Bree Vollman and Mack Terrell took part in the 8th Grade 100M and Terrell would finish in 14.75 and Vollman in 14.88. The 800M race would also bring home another ribbon for the Lady Cardinals as Ebany Jolley would finish in 2nd place with a time of 3:01. Payne Phillips also competed in this race for NCOE. The 200M Run was the last sprint of the day and Lydia Vineyard would earn a 3rd place ribbon with a time of 31.81 while Morgan Bryant would cross the line in 32.47. The final race for the girls was the 1600M Relay and Claire Cawthron, Payje Phillips, Ebany Jolley and Abby Jones would finish the race in 5th place which earned another ribbon.
NCOE is back in action Tuesday, April 16, when they travel to Carmi and again Thursday, April 18, when they venture to Geff.
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