Track and field places second at BVW freshman invitational

Freshman boys and girls track team competed on Thursday, March 23 with six individual placings

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Track and field places second at BVW freshman invitational

During the 100 meter dash, freshmen Khloe Knernschield (middle) and Megan Walkup (right) push off of their blocks at Blue Valley West on Thursday, March 23.

During the 100 meter dash, freshmen Khloe Knernschield (middle) and Megan Walkup (right) push off of their blocks at Blue Valley West on Thursday, March 23.

By Madison Ferguson

During the 100 meter dash, freshmen Khloe Knernschield (middle) and Megan Walkup (right) push off of their blocks at Blue Valley West on Thursday, March 23.

By Madison Ferguson

By Madison Ferguson

During the 100 meter dash, freshmen Khloe Knernschield (middle) and Megan Walkup (right) push off of their blocks at Blue Valley West on Thursday, March 23.

Christopher Sprenger, JAG photographer and reporter

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The freshman track and field team competed at Blue Valley West on Thursday, March 23 to participate in its first ever freshman-only meet. The team placed second overall at the meet with six top placers in individual events.

The reason behind competing at a freshman only meet, according to Freshman Travis Babcock, is that it’s good experience for future track meets.

“All of the athletes who competed at this meet have never done a high school track meet, Babcock said, “so for us it’s a good way to get used to upcoming meets that are more competitive.”

By Madison Ferguson
Freshman Zach Mills prepares to jump in the high jump.

Freshman Kyle Kelly placed third in his heat for both the 100 meter and 200 meter sprint, and he thought that he ran well at the meet but can still get better.

“For my first meet I thought I did good,” Kelly said. “Obviously there is still lots of room for improvement, but I’m willing to put in the work to get better.”

By Madison Ferguson
Freshmen Jace DeWitte (right), Kyle Kelly (middle) and Logan Oesterreich (left) compete in the 100 meter dash.

Babcock placed first in the discus and 12th in shot put, but he also feels he could have done better.

“I had several scratches but I felt like my PR’s were pretty good,” Babcock said.

The team placed second overall, which Kelly thought was good for both team confidence and bonding.

“We all did our best and it really payed off in the end,” Kelly said. “We also became a lot closer as a team and got to know each other even more, so overall, I think the meet was a success.”

By Madison Ferguson
While on deck, freshman Matthew Lingner watches other discus throwers compete.

Some notable first place finishes at the meet were:

Freshman Molly Haymaker: first in the girls 800 meter run

Freshman Rebecca Hertog: first in the girls discus throw

Freshman Nick Schmidt: first in the boys 800 meter run and 1600 meter run

Freshman Jack Terry: first in the boys 3200 meter run

Freshman Justin Sanders: first in the boys javelin throw

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