Leopards to compete at home for upcoming track meet


Parker Nolan

Sophomore Alaina Pierce practices high jump.

Drew Doig, Staff Reporter

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to show that Ryan Brands broke the school record in the 1600 last year, not this season.

Both the boys and girls track and field teams are already setting records early in the season at the McKinney Boyd Relays last weekend. The teams will look to continue this success at the home meet, the Lovejoy Invitational, this Saturday.

Field events will start at 8:30 a.m. and track events will begin at 11 a.m. at the high school. The girls and boys teams will go up against 15 other schools in a series of team and individual events.

Last weekend the track and field teams competed in their first event of the season at the McKinney Boyd Bronco Relays.

The boys team scored 76.5 points, finishing second overall, at the McKinney Boyd Relays at Ron Poe Stadium.

Junior Chase Van Wagoner competed in five events and won the long jump, setting a school record with a jump of 22-2.5.

Sophomore Jake Chamberlin was a part of the 4×100 relay team that finished fourth.

“I’m glad with our time but we had a few minor mistakes that added unnecessary seconds,” Chamberlin said. “It was our first meet so we will be crushing this time by the middle of the season.”

Junior Ryan Brands ran his fastest time of the season in the mile last weekend with a time of 4:33.80. Brands set the school record of 4:24.67 at last year’s area meet.

“I was pleased to achieve [the school record] because it was one of my goals that I wanted to hit since I joined the program,” Brands said. “I was also glad to advance to the next championship race [last year].”

Sophomore James Rainey also finished second in the shot put, setting a new school record mark of 48-3.5.

The girls track and field teams also set records at the Boyd meet.

Sophomore Carson Hockersmith, junior Grace Ridgeway, and freshmen Carsen McFadden and Lacey Pelkowski set the school record in the distance medley relay with a time of 4:22.59.

Hockersmith was proud of her team’s accomplishment.

“We were all really excited and we couldn’t have done it without all of the hard work that we put into practice everyday,” Hockersmith said.