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McKinney track and field athletes hold the Metro Buckeye Conference championship trophy, which they earned at Saturday's home meet.

SPORTS SUNDAY – McKinney track wins conference

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Report by McKinney Track Coach Peter Dierauer


Just a few weeks ago the boys placed runner up at the McKinney invitational behind Emanuel Christian. Yesterday afternoon, the duel between the two strongest teams in the Metro Buckeye Conference was reborn during the MBC league meet here in Yellow Springs and the outcome was different as the Boys team won the Conference title and the Junior High girls team placed 3rd. Coach Isabelle Dierauer said, today everyone fought with Bulldog pride and gave their very best fighting for every point, we are very proud of our teams.

Earlier in the season Oluka Okia broke the Pole Vault record, yesterday he placed himself a second time into the records book by tying the high jump record of AJ Wagner with a jump of 5-04 winning the competition. Kaner Buttler crossed 4-10 and placed 4th. Okia also won the Pole Vault with a height of 7-6 before his team mate Gabe Triliana with a jump of 6-0. Okia then went on and placed 3rd in the Long Jump with a leap of 15-05.

In general, the Yellow Springs jump team did well, Kaliyah Fulton crossed 5-0 and placed 2nd in the Pole Vault and got 4th with a height of 3-10 in the high jump. Rhona Marion placed 3rd in the girls’ long jump with a jump of 13-03.

The throwers delivered as well, Joe Plumer had an awesome day despite is injured foot, he threw the discuss 90-01 and improved his personal best in the shot put by 3 feet throwing 35-02 winning both events. However the big surprise of the day was Dee Johnson, he placed 6th in the shot with 22-08 and 4th in the discuss with a toss of 76-05.

The distance runners once more proved that they belong to the best in the conference. CJ Johnson (first in 5:18.83) and Levy Brown (second in 5:45.07) totally controlled the 1600m run. In the 800m run Johnson ran a 2:26.86 placing 3rd and Brown placed 6th in a time of 2:43.27. In the 4x400m relay, Johnson and Brown ran together with Cameron Haught and Hayden Orme and secured the conference win in a dramatic race placing 2nd in a time of 4:32.15. Charlotte Walkey placed 3rd in the 1600m with a time of 5:57.36 and finished the 800m run in a new personal best of 2:41.05 placing 2nd.

Sure the McKinney hurdle crew wanted to add some points to the team success as well. In the 200m girls hurdle race once more Julian Roberts and Olivia Brintlinger-Conn were running together in the fast heat, Roberts placed 2nd in 33.10 and Brintlinger placed 3rd in 33.22. Duard Headly placed 4th in 33.81 in the boys race. In the boys 110m hurdle race Kaner Butler placed 3rd in 19.59. Rhona Marion got 3rd over 100m hurdles in 19.75 and Olivia Brintlinger-Conn placed 4th in 20.00.

Sprinter talent Julian Roberts took advantage of the warm weather and shaved about second of her personal best so far and placed 4th in the 200m in a time of 29.01. The boys 4x100m team (Headly, Johnson, Trilliana and Haught) placed 3rd in 1:00.11. The girls (Allison, Skinner, Worsham and Creighton) fought with heart and overcame a dropped baton placing 4th in the 4×100 in 1:08.36. The boys 4x200m crew (Haugth, Buttler, Sherwood and Perry) ran with a 1:55.16 a season best and placed 2nd. The girls 4x200m (Allison, Creighton, Worsham and Creighton) placed 4th in a time of 2:15.41.


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