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East Knox’s Joe Byers won the boys’ discus.
East Knox’s Joe Byers won the boys’ discus. (Photo by Geoff Cowles)

By Mount Vernon News
April 18, 2012 11:25 am EDT


FREDERICKTOWN — The host Fredericktown Freddies dominated the evening in the girl’s portion of Tuesday’s Mid-Buckeye Conference quad track and field meet.

The Freddie girls notched 11 first place finishes with Emily Roberts, Treva Bodine, Carolyn Webster and Natalie Johnson leading the way in the individual events. Roberts won the 400-meter sprint (1:08) and the 800 (2:32). In the 800, she held off Centerburg’s Amelia Holt by four seconds.


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“I’m pretty happy with my performance,” said Roberts. “All you can do is try hard and trust everything in God.”

Johnson took first in 300 meter hurdles (a season-best 50.6) and 100 meter hurdles (18.0). Webster, who was second to Johnson the 100 hurdles, finished first in both the long jump (15-feet-10.25) and the high jump (5-2). Both are season bests for her.

“I could have done better in the hurdles,” said Webster, “I think it was an alright day. It was better than last time. My jumping was amazing. It was the best I’ve ever done — 5-2 is awesome for me.”

Bodine won the 100 (14.1) and 200 meter (29.3) runs — her best times this season. Ashton Clevenger flung the discus 94-7 to take first in that event and shatter her PR.

The Freddies also had first place finishes from their 4x200 and 4x100 relay teams.

Holt took the 1600 meters for Centerburg, running a 5:57. In the meantime, Tori Purdy (12:36) and Alyssa Burton (12:42) led all the way to win and place in the girls 3200 meter run.

“It’s been good today,” said Purdy. “In the 800, I didn’t feel so good because I didn’t have the time to warm up, but the rest of it was good. Our team did really well.”

Centerburg also took first in the 4x400 and 4x800 meter runs.

East Knox’s Tori Anders won the shot put with a heave of 29-7. In the meantime, Utica’s Hannah Brubaker pole vaulted 7-6 to win that event to top her PR by half a foot.

Centerburg took the boys team title, scoring 95 total points with a team effort that saw them win the 4x800, 4x200 and the 4x400 meter relays.

The Trojans swept the individual distance events. They had first place finishes in the 3200 by freshman Jared Pack (11:37), sophomore William Thatcher in the 1600 (4:59), and Robert Hakes in the 800 (2:17).

Jacob Teale won the 400 meter run for the Trojans, finishing with a 53.7. Freshman Jeremy Sesma posted a season-best 23.4 second run in the 200 meters. Teammate Dillon Eppich won the 300 meter hurdles (43.2).

Artie Douglas of Utica and Levi Myers of East Knox had the most impressive individual performances among the boys.

Douglas won the high jump, clearing 5-8, and the long jump (19-5.25). Both jumps are season bests for Douglas. So far, Douglas looks like his leg problems from the football season are behind him.

“I was coming in at 5-6 (in the high jump),” said Douglas. “I’m lookng to improve from last year. Last year, I (long) jumped 20 feet and one-and-a-half inches. This is the first good meet we’ve had and I’m progressing.”

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