On a beautiful, but windy afternoon, the Widkats competed in our very own 97th annual Kokomo Relays. The Kats came out and gave their best efforts, as we placed 4th with a score of 67, while Mt. Vernon won the meet with a score of 119. There were several good performances by the Kats, including junior Plez Lawrence who won the 100m dash with a time of 11.77. While the time is far from his best Plez did a nice job, as he was racing straight into a 20mph head wind. Plez also joined up with classmate Ta’Shy Stewart, Freshman Lukas Degraffenreid, and Freshman Rondell Greene to take 3rd in the 4x100m relay with a season best time of 45.52 seconds. The sprint medley team of Lawrence, Degraffenreid, Isaac Elkin, & Bryan Stoltzfus placed 3rd as well with a time of 2:38. Bryan also ran a smart race in the 1000yd run to place 3rd with a time of 2:29. Ta’Shy Stewart came away with a runner up performance in the long jump as he leaped to a measurement of 20’11.75”, which is just a quarter inch off of his PR. Isaac Elkin had a great performance in the pole vault as he vaulted 12’6”, which was a 2ft PR for him. Isaac also placed 6th in the high hurdles to wrap up a good day for himself. Collin Keesling took a 6th place finish in the 3200m run, RJ Oglesby took 4th in the high jump, & Cameron Harris took 4th in the pole vault to wrap up our individual highlights. I was very pleased with how our team performed, especially our freshman who have had to grow up fast this year. Lukas Degraffenreid, Rondell Greene, Eric Thomas, AJ Blessing, & Tracy Dowling all placed well in their relays and gained valuable experience against tough competition. I believe we are starting to figure out our strengths as a team and where each athlete is best fit to help our team the most. I am very excited for this squad moving forward this season and into the future as well.
I would like to say thank you to all of our volunteers who helped run our meet yesterday. It made the meet go very well and the team and I are grateful for your help and your support.
We now turn the homestretch of our season, as we are now into May. The NCC meet is this Friday evening, May 7th, at Lafayette Jeff High School. We will be looking to compete and place well in our very competitive conference. Thank you for all your support and if you see one of our track athletes wish them luck in the NCC this week.
– Coach Ousley