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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Lavaca Midway through the Track & Field Season


Photos by Shannon Todaro

“Track is rolling.. we have large numbers in jr High. Both boys and girls will be competitive in jr high conference this year. Sr high has some distance runners led by Bradly Dooly and Austin Daigle and will benefit at district when we move up the younger kids,” said Coach Reed. It’s hard to believe that we are already half way through the track season, but we are. The junior high competed in Booneville on Tuesday and Coach Reed was pleased to give this update, “The Junior Boys competed and placed in numerous events. These guys are getting better with technique and endurance each practice. Our 4×1 (Kolby Glidewell, Luke Watson, Avery Walker, Triston Brown) placed 2nd, and our 4×4 placed 2nd with a 5 second improvement (Kolby Glidewell, Maddox Noal, Cazen Winters, Triston Brown). The 4×8 improved greatly and finished 2nd as well (Avery Walker, Luke Watson, Garret Dorsey, Triston Brown). Luke Watson finished 4th in the 800m.”

Coach Todaro heads up the girls track and field program and gave this update on the season, “We have a small number of girls out for track this year. They are working hard and getting better each track meet. The athletes competing in field events include: Anna Todaro and Rylie Green (long jump), Elle Williams and Journi Brown (shot put), Anna Davis and Mikayla Werschem (discus). Athletes competing in running events are: Anna Todaro and Elle Williams (100 m dash), Rylie Green (100 m and 300 m hurdles), Hadlei Cates and Journi Brown (200 m dash), Anna Todaro and Mikayla Werschem (400 m run), Anna Todaro (1600 m run).
At the Mansfield Jr. Tiger Relays Anna Todaro placed 2nd in long jump with a jump of 14’6″ and Rylie placed 8th in the 100 m hurdles and 7th in the 300 m hurdles.
At the Booneville Bearcat Relays Anna Todaro placed 1st in long jump with a jump of 15’9″ and she placed 6th in the 1600 m run.”

Both the boys and girls teams for Lavaca are young. It is encouraging to see a strong turn-out from the Junior High though. For coaches Reed and Todaro, these young athletes are the future of the program. Lavaca is building a program and these coaches and athletes should be proud. The senior high athletes will compete today, has been scratched due to weather. The juniors will hit the track on Tuesday 4/9 in the Waldron Jr Relays at 3:30. The seniors will run again on Thursday the 11th.

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