The Henry County Cats were missing some key ingredients Saturday when they participated in the Harry Greschel Christian Academy Invitational, but brought back to New Castle some impressive performances despite the low numbers.
The track team was missing Brittany Crawford due to a strained hamstring and a number of other athletes due to grades, which made the results a bit skewed for the Cats.
“I was proud of the ones that showed up and ran,” Henry coach Ricky Drawbaugh said afterwards. “They are continuing to improve every week.”
At Christian Academy, senior Jalie Adams and sophomore Travis Farmer led Henry with a third-place finish apiece. Adams threw the shot put a little over 28 feet, while Farmer pole vaulted 9 feet and six inches — both performances good enough to finish third.
“Travis was the standout for this meet,” Drawbaugh said. “He tied his PR (personal record) in the pole vault, and this was with his new pole that he’s still getting used to.”
Silver Creek teammates Jack Eckert and Andrew Hoke finished one-two in the pole vault with clearances of 13-06 and 10-06, while Farmer finished next, two feet back.
Meanwhile, in the girls’ shot put, Anna Roarx of Louisville Holy Cross finished first with a throw of 28-09.5, followed by Ashleigh Miller of Trimble County (28-07.25) and Adams (28-00.25).
Besides Adams and Farmer, the next best finish came from eighth grader Cassey Fischer, who finished fifth in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 13 minutes and 9 seconds, and seventh in the 1,600-meter run (6:05) earlier in the day.
The Cats will be back in action this Saturday in their most intense meet of the season — the Eastern Relays. Some of the top teams from across the state will travel to the University of Louisville’s track to compete in the same facility used for this year’s Kentucky State Track and Field Championships.
The Cats may or may not have their best athletes when they take to the track again.
“I’m hoping we can get grades back up this week and this weekend we can take our top runners to U of L,” Drawbaugh said. “We are only taking the top (athletes from Henry), and this meet is for them to get really good competition and hopefully learn to compete with really strong competitors.”
Girls’ 100-meter: Carlie Seligman, 15th, 15.41; Shelby Grigsby, 18th, 15.67. Girls’ 200-meter: Carlie Seligman, 14th, 32.49. Girls’ 400-meter: Cathryn Fischer, 16th, 1:17.97; Sabrina Torrey, 18th, 1:23.41. Girls’ 1,600-meter: Cassey Fischer, 7th, 6:05.70. Girls’ 3,200-meter: Cassey Fischer, 5th, 13:09.10. Girls’ 400-meter relay: Henry County, 8th, 1:06.32. Girls’ 800-meter relay: Henry County, 7th, 2:19.70. Girls’ long jump: Sabrina Torrey, 13th, 10-07. Girls’ shot put: Jalie Adams, 3rd, 28-00.25. Girls’ discus: Jalie Adams, 8th, 63-09.5. Boys’ 100-meter: Zach Pennington, 11th, 12.55; John Allen, 20th, 14.09. Boys’ 200-meter: Zach Pennington, 15th, 26.97; John Allen, 21st, 30.03. Boys’ 800-meter: Travis Farmer, 9th, 2:21.60. Boys’ pole vault: Travis Farmer, 3rd, 9-06; John Allen, NH. Boys’ shot put: Justin Pigram, 11th, 34-11.50. Boys’ discus: Justin Pigram, 20th, 69-09.