The Johnson Creek Bluejays have two Trailways Conference champions.
Freshman Hannah Constable led the girls’ team with a first place finish in the 400 meter dash, setting a new conference meet record of 59.6 seconds. But that’s not all. She came back to take the title in a heavily contested 800 meter dash with a time of 2:24.27.
“We are really pleased with Hannah’s focus and determination, especially as a Freshman,” remarked Coach Constable. “There was some pressure going into the meet, knowing she had a shot at the meet record in the 400m and a competitive field for the 800m. Four of the top ten runners in the state were in the 800m last night. Hannah knew what she had to do to stay in contention for the win and she did it. She ran a smart race.”
On the boy’s side, Junior Seth Roberts clinched first place in the shot put with an effort of 44’ 4.5”, breaking his own personal record (PR) by over 3 feet.
“Seth has been working very hard this year and his first place finish last night showed it,” said Coach Brown. “He set goals for his season and he shows up every day, willing to do the work to reach them.”
The Lady Jays came away with some great times and efforts, taking 9th place out of 15 teams. Not bad with just seven girls on the team.
Sophomore Taylor Hallam took fourth place in the 300m hurdles. Constable added more points with a fifth place finish in the triple jump.
The boys placed 12th overall out of 15 teams.
Sophomore Andrew Coopman took fifth in the 110m and 300m hurdles, running his season bests in both races.
Junior Zane Apkarian ran his most competitive race so far in his career in the 3200m last night, earning a sixth place finish.
The boy’s 4×800 meter relay team took 5th with Zane Apkarian, Noah Argus, Nick Bowman, and Jamison Richardt. And, the 4×400 meter relay of Jon Karczewski, Agus Caro, Nick Bowman, Jamison Richardt took 7th. The great efforts by the relays added points for Bluejays.
Junior Nick Bowman set a new school record in the long jump with jump of 17’ 2”.
“We focus a lot on personal effort and improvements,” added Coach Brown. “Throughout the season we have seen numerous PRs at every meet. I am very proud of the hard work and never-give-up attitude that showed in our athlete’s performances last night.”
The boys boasted six PRs, including Agus Caro Parra in both the 200m and 400m, and Michael Hillson in the 1600m, taking off another 4 seconds off his time. TJ Christen also ran a season best in the 3200m. The girls had three personal records, including Vivi Segura in the shot put and Hannah Dotzler in the 400m. Constable ran her personal best time in the 400m and also set a new school record in the process.
The Regional Meet is Monday, May 22 at Deerfield High School. The meet starts at 4:00 PM with field events, with running events starting at 4:45 PM. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and senior citizens. Concession will be available. The top four finishers in each event will advance to the Sectional Meet at Hilbert High School on Thursday, May 25.