Owen teams having strong seasons and setting records along the way

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By Brian Blair

The 2009 track season has been a successful one for both the boys’ and girls’ teams.

So far this year, the boys have set seven school records while the girls have set eight new ones. Both teams took part last week in a pair of events – Shelby County High School on Thursday night and Grant County High School Saturday.

Both teams were at the Shelby County Invitational and both captured the team titles.

The boys got a strong performance from Clayton Cook, who set a school record with his fourth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles.

Cook’s time of 20.20 seconds is the best in school history.

Ryan Marston finished sixth in the race. Tyler Williams finished 11th in the 100-meter dash with Avery Gover finishing 17th.

In the 400-meter dash, July Traylor ran to a third-place finish while Justin Davis finished seventh and Dillon Mears 15th.

Gover had a good showing in the 1600-meter Run with a seventh-place finish. Cody Downey was right behind Gover in eighth. The 4x100-meter relay team finished third and the 4x200-meter team finished second.

The boys performed well in the field events at Shelby County.

Keith Arutoff put in another solid outing by finishing first in the discus. Josh Alford finished second while teammates Dillon Mears (fourth), Daniel Cummins (eighth), Daniel Dauwe (13th), and Daniel Powell (16th) all had strong performances.

Lewis Sanchez finished first in the high jump. Tyler Pruitt placed third in the long jump while Sanchez finished fifth, Jared Fitzgerald and finished sixth, and Cody Downey finished seventh. The Rebels dominated the shot put with Josh Alford finishing first, Dillon Mears third, Keith Arutoff fourth, Daniel Dauwe seventh, Cummins 10th and Powell 13th also. Pruitt won the triple jump.

In the girls’ meet, Kelsey Johnson and Rachel Dauwe finished one and two in the 100-meter hurdles.

Melina Bress finished first in the 100-meter dash with Danielle Ransdell finishing third and Miranda Goodnew 10th.

Danielle Hoop won the 400-meter dash and Rachel Dauwe finished fourth. The 4x100-meter and 4x200-meter relay teams both won and the 4x800-meter team finished fourth.

The Lady Rebels dominated in the field events. Goodnew finished first in the discus while Autumn Gover came in second. Camelia Evans won the high jump and Kelsey Johnson placed second. Goodnew and Gover finished second and third in the shot put. Evans won the triple jump.

Both teams were back in action at Grant County Saturday.

For the girls, Bress finished fifth in the 100-meter dash with teammate Ransdell placing ninth. Bress finished 10th in the 200-meter dash with Evyn White finishing 11th. Hoop finished second in the 400-meter dash and the 800-meter run. In the 110-meter hurdles, Rachel Dauwe finished 15th and Haley DeCandia  placed 18th. In the 300-meter hurdles it was Dauwe finishing 11th and DeCandia 14th. The relay teams performed well once again. Both the 4x100-meter and 4x200-meter relay teams finished first. The 4x100-meter team’s time of 54.28 was good enough for a school record. The 4x400-meter team placed eighth and the 4x800-meter team finished seventh.

In the field events, Ransdell finished sixth in the high jump while White finished fifth in the long jump. Evans finished 14th in the long jump. Shayla Lainhart finished 15th and Goodnew 16th in the shot put.

In the boys’ meet, Cory Cannon finished 14th in the 100-meter dash while Marston placed 22nd. Williams finished 13th in the 200-meter dash while Cannon placed 15th. 

Traylor and Davis finished 14th and 20th in the 400-meter dash. Cook ran to an eighth-place finish in the 800-meter run.

In the 110-meter hurdles, Marston finished 12th. Cook finished seventh and Gover 12th in the 300-meter hurdles. The 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay teams both finished sixth. The 4x800-meter team placed eighth.

In the field events, Arutoff and Alford took fifth and sixth place in the discus.

Sanchez placed ninth in the high jump. Pruitt placed ninth and Fitzgerald 18th in the long jump. Alford finished fourth in the shot put with Arutoff finishing seventh. Pruitt placed seventh in the triple jump.