Also winning individual events for the Panthers were: Mica Beard (100 dash, :12.7); Stacy Hutchinson (400 dash, :56.8); Austin Elliott (1,600 run, 4:56.8); Auston Davenport (800 run, 2:14); Matt Grider (3,200 run, 10:41); Zach Shahan (high jump, 6-2); Jacob Bradshaw (pole vault, 10-6); Corey Hinkle (discus, 136-7); and Russell McDorman (shot put, 44-11).
The Panthers also won a pair of relays. Davenport, Elliott, Riley Carter and Josh Everetts won the 4x800 in 9:28 and Hinkle, Devin Vent, Cameron Dessing and Hutchinson won the 4x400 in 3:56.
“I was very pleased,” Western coach Marvin Boswell said, noting he used the opening meet to try people in different events. “I felt like we had some pretty good depth — we had a lot of seconds and thirds. I think it’s going to make for an exciting season.”
Western 120, Taylor 8
The Panthers won every event against the visiting Titans in both teams’ opening meet.
Ellie Rush won three individual events. She swept the 100 hurdles (:17.88) and 300 hurdles (:53.6) and also won long jump (14-5.75).
Also winning individual events were: Courtney Rager (discus, 65-3); Kimberly Miller (shot put, 26-9); Meranda Pressgrove (high jump, 4-8); Taylor Nunan (pole vault, 7-0); Brooklynn Campbell (100 dash, :14.66); Emma Nixon (1,600 run, 5:34.96); Mallory Davis (400 dash, 1:09.7); Reagan Ritchie (800 run, 2:38); Madi Shepherd (200 dash, :29.25); and Nicole Hampshire (3,200 run, 13:15).
Emily Mullins, Jama Claxton, Allison McMinn, Caroline Conrad won the 4x800 relay in 12:20.44. Shepherd, Rush, Liz DeWitt and Campbell won the 4x100 relay in :55.2. And Davis, Audrey Nixon, Amelia Moe and Shelby Hulka won the 4x400 relay in 5:06.6.
“I’m really proud of how they performed,” Western coach Chrystal Campbell said. “They worked hard in the offseason to get ready. We had a couple PRs [Monday]. It wasn’t the biggest meet, but we performed well. We’re optimistic about our season.”
Cami Hansen led Taylor with a second-place finish in the 3,200 (13:26) and third-place finishes in the long jump (13-4) and 1,600. Cassidy Morgan was second in the 100 dash in :14.7,
“I had a lot of girls who were in their first track meet. I was really happy with their effort,” Taylor coach Nick Weicht said, crediting his squad for their work in preparing for the season.