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  • Thunderbirds compete at Bucklin Invite

  • In their final regular season meet, the Skyline track and field squads traveled to Bucklin last Friday for an eighteen-school meet. The Lady T-Birds found themselves in the middle of the pack— 9th place with 23 points. Kiowa County won the girls division with 126. The boys tallied 17 points for 13th place. South Central took the boys division with 94.
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    In their final regular season meet, the Skyline track and field squads traveled to Bucklin last Friday for an eighteen-school meet. The Lady T-Birds found themselves in the middle of the pack— 9th place with 23 points. Kiowa County won the girls division with 126. The boys tallied 17 points for 13th place. South Central took the boys division with 94.
    Throws and distance were the events the Skyline boys broke through in. Roman Ibarra was 3rd in the 3200m (10:31) and 4th in the 1600m (4:46.) Lucas Cason also chipped in a 6th in the 3200m (11:43). “Roman and Lucas ran well in their distance events,” Skyline head coach Summer Younie said, “as did Tony Ibarra even though he didn’t place.”
    In the throws, Layton Kenworthy spun the discus 123-8 for 5th place. Daniel Hacker chucked the javelin 142-6 to take 4th. “Our throwers had great performances,” Coach Younie observed, “especially Daniel in the javelin and Layton in the discus. Blake Lee had a nice throw in javelin, too, but just missed placing.”
    The boys were without the services of point-getter Dustin Weber, who was nursing a hip-flexor. “We didn’t have him run at all on Friday,” Younie explained. “We ‘re hoping he’ll be back on Thursday for the HOPL meet.”
    The Lady T-Birds versatile Jessica DeWeese was also sidelined with a nagging malady. “She has been fighting a lower leg injury since forever it seems,” Younie lamented. “She didn’t run at Jetmore and didn’t compete at all at Bucklin. I’m hoping she’ll get to throw some at league and then compete in her other regular events (sprints/jumps) at regionals. We’ll just see how it goes.”
    Brooke Fisher led the Thunderbird girls with places in the 1600m (4th 5:54) and 3200m (2nd 12:50). “Brooke ran the best she has all season,” Younie commented.
    Betsy Giles picked up a 6th place in the 300LH (53.17). Mycha Owens threw well in the shot, according to Younie, but finished out of the money.
    The Lady T-Birds cashed in on relays, with Skyline pacing in all three events: 4x100 5th 57.14 Mycha Owens, Bailey DeClue, Madalyn Owens, Taylor DeWeese); 4x400 5th 4:41 (madalyn Owens, Abby Giles, Betsy Giles, Brooke Fisher); 4x800 3rd 12:01 (Madalyn Owens, Abby Giles, Bailey DeClue, McKenzie Cason).
    The Thunderbird thinclads begin the post-season Thursday with the HOPL meet hosted by South Barber with field events starting at 3 p.m. Running events to follow.
     
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