McARTHUR – The Waverly boys and Jackson girls won the team titles at Thursday’s Vinton County Invitational, but it was Paint Valley’s Tony Hatfield and Jackson’s Elyse Black who starred individually.
The junior set meet records in both the 100 and 200, while also powering the Bearcats to a win in the 400 relay. Hatfield sped past the field in the 100 with a 10.8, which also broke the school record, previously set by current track coach Ben Burke and held jointly with Matt Knisley. He ran a 22.6 in the 200 and helped Garrett Trent, Jeremy Herald and Ethan Wagner to a 47.5 time in the 400 relay.
Black was a triple individual winner, and two of the times set meet records. The senior first won the girls 1600 run in 5:32.5, then took the 800 run title at 2:31.3. Finally, she blew away the meet record in the 3200 run with a time of 11:39.6. Junior Kyle Turner also pulled off the feat on the boys side for the Ironmen.
Southeastern’s McKenzie Arledge also set a meet record in the girls pole vault at 8-9, while her teammate, freshman Ella Skeens topped the field in the high jump (5-0) and discus (103-8). Huntington’s David Shoemaker took the high jump title (5-10).
Other multiple winners included: Vinton County’s Wade Barney in the 400 dash and long jump; Jackson’s Mika Jackson in the 100, 200 and long jump; and Vinton County’s Lynaya Collins in the 100 and 300 hurdles.