NCHS Track Continues Strong Start

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LEFT: Nashville freshman Kourtney Stroud finishes her shotput throw during the F/S meet held at Central High School on Saturday April 16. RIGHT: Brandon Schnitker leads the pack during the F/S meet at Central High School. Schnitker won the 400, 800 1600, and 3200 meter races.

The Hornets and Hornettes track teams have gotten off to a strong start this season as the boys competed in Herrin on April 13, and the freshman and sophomores competed at Central on April 16.

At the Herrin Boys Invitational, the Hornets were up against tough comeptition from a plethora of schools. Competing at the meet was, Harrisburg, Pinckneyville, Carbondale, Murphysboro, Benton, Wayne City, DuQuoin, Herrin, Marion, Sesser-Valier, Carterville, Frankfort, Massac County, Sparta and Carrier Mill. Harrisburg won the meet with 128 points overall. The Hornets finished with 24.5 points in the meet. Placing for Nashville was the 4X400 meter relay featuring Derryn Holmes, Ryan Kell, Brandon Schnitker, and Jackson Pierce. The 4X400 relay team finished in second place with a time of 3:34.93. The 4X800 relay team finished in first place with a time of 8:25.61. The team was made up of Caleb Zgonina, Ryan Kell, Pierce, and Schnitker. Gavin Lietz finished tied for fifth place in the pole vault clearling a height of 10-00.00. Ethan Reid finished sixth in long jump with a jump of 18-08.00. Schnitker finished fourth place in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:03.56.

The Hornettes track meet traveled to Freeburg on April 12 to compete in the Freeburg Invitational. The Hornettes finished an impressive fourth place, despite being one of only two 1A schools at the meet. There were two 3A schools, and five 2A schools also competing. Mt. Vernon took home first place in the meet, followed by Belleville East in second, and Freeburg in third. Mascouth finished behind Nashville in fifth place. Medals were handed out to the top three finishers in each event. Finishing third for the Hornettes was Jadah Heidel in the 300 meter hurdles, Mariel Elliott in the triple jump, and Janie Holle in the discus. Finishing second for Nashville was Morgan Fox in the pole vault, Emily Harper in the shot put, and Abby Kroener in the discus.

The varsity teams got the day off, as the Hornets and Hornettes traveled to Central to compete in a freshman/sophomore meet on April 16. No team scores were given at the meet, only individual scores. On the boys side Schnitker completed the sweep as he was victorious in the 400 meter, the 800 meter, the 1600 meter, and 3200 meter races. On the girls side, the Hornettes had seven first place finishes. Josie Middleton finished first in discus. Emily Stern finished first in Long Jump. Kylie Kozuszek, Rachael Kell, Brittnie Bartling, and Grace Maschhoff finished first in the 3200 meter relay. The Hornettes controlled the distance races as Maschhoff finished first in the 1600 meter run, while Jaylyn Bower finished first in the 3200 meter run. Heidel finished first in the 100 meter hurdles, and Avery Meade, Hannah Meade, Annabelle Epplin, and Kaly Huge finished first in the 4X200 relay.