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Hornets And Hornettes Start Off

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TOP: Sophomore Rachael Kell tries to clear the high jump, during the Hornettes first meet of the season. Kell finished second place in the high jump, as she cleared a height of 4’8”. Kell also finished third in the 800M race, and was a part of the Hornettes 4X800 team that took first place. RIGHT: Sophomore Brandon Schnitker competes in the 4X800 relay. Schnitker’s team won the relay with a time of 9:11.65. Schnitker also got first place in the 3200M Run.

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Season With Strong Showing

By Brent Huelsmann

Both the boys and girls track team at NCHS had a strong showing at the first home meet of the year on March 24. The Hornets and Hornettes both withstood cold, blistery conditions to take home first place. Competing in the meet along with Nashville, was Patoka, Woodlawn, Mater Dei, and Okawville.

The Hornets team came away with first place racking up 124 points, beating second place Woodlawn who finished with 56.5 points. The Hornets got wins from Ethan Reid, Tabor Kozuszek, Gavyn Leitz, Dylan Kwiatkowski, Brandon Schnitker, William Wyciskalla, and Jackson Pierce. The 4X800, and the 4X100 relay teams, also came away with wins. Reid and Tabor Kozuszek each cleared 5'4” to win the high jump. Leitz cleared 9'6” in the pole vault. Reid also won the long jump with a jump of 17'6.5”. The shot-put was won by Kwiatowski with a throw of 39'4.5”. Schnitker won the 3200M race with a time 11:16.81. Wyciskalla won the 100M hurdles, as well as the 300M hurdles. Pierce came away with the victory in the mile, followed closely by fellow senior Ryan Kell.

The Hornettes team also finished in first place with a score of 120. Okawville finished with 64 points in second place. Mater Dei finished in third, followed by Woodlawn in fourth, and Patoka in fifth. Nashville got wins from Morgan Fox in the pole vault, Abigail Kroener in the discus, Mariel Elliott in the triple jump and long jump, Kylie Kozuszek in the 400M race, Emily Harper in the shot-put, Jadah Heidel in the 100M hurdles, Taylor Cook in the 300M hurdles, Grace Maschhoff in the 1600M race, and wins in the 4X400 relay, 4X800 relay, and 4X100 relay. The Hornettes also earned a plethora of second, third, and fourth place finishes on the day. Rachael Kell, Janie Holl, Vanessa Wyciskalla, Avery Meade, Jaylyn Bower, and Brittnie Bartling all earned top four finishes at the meet.