MOUNT VERNON — Many sports claim to be a game of inches. In track, it can come down to hundredths of a second.
In the girls 100-meter dash at Friday’s SpecTRACKular, Fredericktown’s Tayler Carpenter held off her closest rival, Mount Vernon’s Katie Curry, by 9/100s of a second.
Later, Carpenter won again, this time in the 200-meter. She beat Northridge’s Dana VanDervort by literally the narrowest of margins: 1/100 of a second.
Both wins gave Carpenter enough points to stay above Curry and VanDervort, and claim the Most Valuable Competitor trophy.
“This is great,” Carpenter said. “It’s great to be recognized for your accomplishments. It’s an honor. I mean, I was hoping to be in contention for this. I take everything meet by meet, and race by race. So I focus in, and that’s it.”