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North Clay splits with conference track foe

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Shandi Travis raced home to a second place finish in the hurdles in Monday's meet and just missed the North Clay high jump record while winning the event.

The North Clay track teams earned a split of their 3-way meet with Western Indiana Conference rival Owen Valley and Sarah Scott on Monday night.

The boys squad squeezed past the Patriots to take the team win by a 60 to 54 count with Sarah Scott in third with 33 team points.

The girls squad however, battling injuries to several regulars, came up just short of Owen Valley to place second, 60.5 to 52.5 with Sarah Scott third with 23.

For the boys team, Jordan Keller had a big meet in the field events by placing second in the shotput (40-6) and increasing his discus throw by more than 26 feet from the first meet to 112-9 for a second place finish with Jordan Nelson in fourth. He also was a winner in the high jump, clearing 5-0 ahead of teammate Matt Trout. He was also fourth in the 100 and 200 meter events. In the long jump, Justin White placed third with a leap of 15-4.

Chris Smith was a winner in the 3,200 meters, crossing the line in 12:14 ahead of E.C. Moody (13:02), Skylar Hall (13:25) and Ryan Lutes (13:52). Smith returned to take a win in the 800 (2:31) followed by Eli Kirby (2:37). Kirby was the 1,600 meter winner in 5:39.

North Clay's Thad Whittington won the 110 hurdles with a time of 18.65 and Jonathan Bradshaw (1:05.79) was the runnerup in the 400 followed by Joel Whittington. Drake Stevenson was third in the 200 for the Knights.

In the relays, North Clay's team of Trout, Keller, Seth Wright and Stevenson ran a 51.88 to place second in the 400 relay and the team of Ryan Maffioli, White, Wright and Bradshaw was second in the 1,600 relay in 4:38.48.

"As a team, I felt that the Knights performed very well," commented coach Jeff Walker. "Many of the athletes posted better marks than last meet even though conditions weren't very favorable. It felt good to win the meet especially since it was against a conference opponent."

The girls meet was highlighted by Shandi Travis' attempt at a school record in the high jump.

After clearing 5-0 to win the event, she went after the school record of 5-2. She made three strong attempts at breaking the mark at 5-2 1/2, but wasn't quite able to achieve the record. However, with this just the second meet of the season, their is plenty of opportunity to make the mark hers.

Kylee Thacker placed third in the event for North Clay with Elle Kleiber taking fourth. Brooklyn Meyers leaped to a second place finish in the long jump followed by Stormi Raines in fourth.

In the throwing events, Clara Butts earned second place points in both the discus and shot put for North Clay.

On the track, Shandi Travis was the winner in the hurdles and Cayla Yockey was third in the 100 meters despite running with an injury. Kleiber was fourth in the event. Cassandra Barnett was second in the 3,200 with Hallie Harbison in third and Lauren Reberger taking fourth. Allie True was second in the 1,600 event with Corey Laue in fourth for the Knights.

Chilly temperatures and the injury bug were a factor in the 400 relay as North Clay, after winning the event in their first meet, placed third. Carlee Bell ran a strong second place in the 400 with Shelby Sands in fourth.

Reberger was the runner up in the 800 with Laue in third and Travis was third in the 200 with Kleiber in fourth.

In the final relay of the meet, the team of Bell, Thacker, Sands and Stormi Raines were winners in the 1,600 relay and the Knights' 'B' squad, containing three sixth grade runners, just missed a runnerup spot that would have given North Clay the meet victory.

North Clay will return to action this evening with a meet at Woodrow Wilson beginning at 5 p.m.

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