By Allen Hamrick
The Mustang track team is back to making waves in the track world as they continue to dominate some of the meets they attend and place high on the board in others. The Mustangs are a new team but run like seasoned veterans and are a force to reckon with. Nothing but iron lungs, grit, and determination sends this Mustang team to new levels and continues to make peoples’ jaws fall out of place. There are no chicken legs on the Mustang team and definitely no laziness. They are a team bent on making the Mustang name one to remember.
The Mustangs competed in two different meets this past week – the Lee Lewis Memorial Meet and the Walton Tiger Fight Back tournament. At the Lee Lewis Memorial, the Mustang boys once again took top spot in the 13 team event. They scored a whopping 90 points in the meet with Sawyer Dobbins taking top honors in points scored with 28. He was the top points leader for all the teams. Dobbins took first place in the 3200 meter run and the 1600 meter run, and second place in the 800 meter run, just one second out of first place. He is a running prodigy who will make his mark in the track circle. Logan Lautzenheiser also jumped his way to first place in the 100 meter hurdles and third in the 200 meter hurdles. He is also an up and coming runner that only gets better as the season goes along. Other boys who put the team at the top were Kane Nida, who placed second in the 200 meter hurdles, and Alex Davison who placed fifth in that same race.
Shane Tracy placed fourth in the 3200 meter run, while Brody Scarbro placed fifth in the 400 meter run, one of the fastest events. On the team side of the coin, it was the team of Adrian Davison, Logan Lautzenheiser, Justin Nida and Shane Tracy that took first in the brutal 4×800 meter relay. Also taking first place in the team events were Kaden Fitzwater, Logan Lautzenheiser, Ely Metheney and Justin Nida who placed first in the also brutal 4×60 shuttle hurdle relay. In one of the most looked at team events, the 4×400 relay which is a super quick event, the team of Brody Scarbro, T.J. Quinn, Daymian Pappas and Kane Nida placed second in that event. The team of Kaden Fitzwater, Ely Metheney, Justin Nida and Daymian Pappas also placed fifth in the 4×200 relay. It was a great event for the boys’ team as they continue to make a name for themselves. The Lady Mustangs also had a great meet with Tristina Lafever placing third in the discus throw and Lexi Phillips placing fourth in the shot put. Also, the team of, Zoey Jones, Tristina Lafever, Jayda Pappas and Ashley Roberts placed sixth in the 4×200 meter relay.
It was on to the Walton Tiger Fight Back tournament where eleven of the top middle school teams in the state came to compete. This would prove to be one of the toughest events for the Mustang team. Sawyer Dobbins was once again the Mustangs’ high scorer with 26 points. He took first in the 1600 meter run with an incredible new time of 5 minutes 33 seconds which is hard to do even on a bicycle. He also placed 2nd in the 3200 meter run and 2nd in the 800 meter. Logan Lautzenheiser was once again in the top five, placing third in the 100 meter hurdles and fifth in the 200 meter hurdles. Kane Nida was also top five, placing third in the 200 meter hurdles, and Shane Tracy placed sixth in the 3200 meter run. Once again the team of Kaden Fitzwater, Logan Lautzenheiser, Ely Metheney and Justin Nida were a running team placing second in the shuttle hurdle relay, and the team of Kane Nida, Daymian Pappas, T.J. Quinn and Brody Scarbro placed second in the 4×400 meter run. Justin Nida, Ely Metheney, Kaden Fitzwater and Daymian Pappas were fourth in the 4×200 meter relay and the team of Bryson Peters, Adrian Davison, Justin Nida and Shane Tracy placed fifth in the 4×800 relay. On the Lady Mustang team, it was the team of Zoey Jones, Tristina Lafever, Jayda Pappas and Ashley Roberts placing fifth in the 4×200 meter relay.
This Mustang team was given not much of a chance at the beginning of the season since it was their first track team. However, they have proven with each meet that they are there to win and a team better have their fastest shoes on or otherwise they will be eating Mustang dust. The team will be in action once again at the Sherman Invitational at Laidley Field on May 6th. Get out and support the teams; they are doing a great job of giving the fans their money’s worth every time they run. Go Mustangs!