TRACK AND FIELD: Hoppes ties school, personal records at Mercer County meet

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By Gerard Flanagan

The Marion County track and field team had a successful outing at the Mercer County All-Comers meet on April 30, recording seven top five-finishes.

The Knights also had two athletes finish in first place. Nate Hoppes finished the pole vault event with a height of 13’, earning him first place.

“It was against a pit that he hates, because it’s too short,” Head Coach Jim O’Hare said. “He doesn’t like those kind of pits. Every time he comes to one of those pits, he goes to a short run, a short pole, and he looks for a 13, 13 and a half feet.”

Freshman Ethan Rice finished first in the discus throw, with a distance of 133’ 11”.

“I’m pleased with what he’s doing,” O’Hare said. “He’s getting better and better each time. The only time he faltered was in the Dunbar meet, where he was relying too much on speed and power. He forgot about his technique. Very next day, he got that corrected. He is so coachable. That’s what makes him such a great kid.”

The boys also had a fourth place finish from the 4x400 team, which finished with a 4:17.98 time. The boys 4x800 team finished fifth with a 10:43.13 time. Baylee Bishop finished sixth in the 110 meter hurdles. His time was 18.54. Harry VanWhy, IV placed seventh in the 300 meter hurdles. His time was 51.22. Zander Hyatt finished fifth in the high jump. His height in the event was 5’ 2”.

On the girls side, Alexis Hoppes tied a school record she set, as well as a personal record, in the pole vault with an 8’ 6” height.

“I think, within the next meet, she’ll get nine feet and re-set the school record,” O’Hare said. “She’s doing very well in pole vault.”

The girls 4x100 team finished fifth with a 57.10 time. Brenda Santos was eighth in the 100 meter dash. Her time was 13.62.

Marion County was scheduled to return to action on May 7 at the Lincoln County All-Comers meet. Marion County will be attending that meet instead of the Scott County meet, which the Knights were originally set to attend.

“They have been improving,” O’Hare said of the Knights. “They’re getting better and better, especially on all of the relay teams. You can’t beat that.”