Lady Jays win JCHS Invitational, while boys finish second

Kienna Newman won the 110-meter hurdles event at the JCHS Invitational Monday.

Although the Junction City track team was coming off a quick turnaround, having a meet just a couple days ago, coach Randall Zimmerman was pleased with his team’s efforts on Monday.

“It was good for a Monday meet, but Mondays are tough,” Zimmerman said. “We had a meet on Friday, so it kind of throws off your training.”

The Junction City girls finished in first place, and the boys finished in second place Monday at the Junction City High School Invitational. Individual results included:

Savannah Adams finished in second place in the girls javelin with a 115’ 4” mark. She won the discus with a 114’ 10” mark, and Sherrie Jones finished in second place with a 112’ 8” mark. 

In the girls shot put, Savannah Adams won with a 39’ 0” mark, and Sherrie Jones finished second with a 37’ 2” mark. 

Ethan Alcorn won the boys triple jump with a distance of 41’ 8” and teammate Alex Deguzman finished second with a distance of 40’ 6.50.” 

Jayda Harris finished in third place in girls long jump with a distance of 15’ 5.25.” In the boys long jump, David Giddens finished in first place with a distance of 21’ 6.75.” 

Nyla Blagrove finished in second place for girls high jump with a 4’ 10” mark. On the boys side, JC took the top four spots. Christian Tabora took first with a 5’ 10,” Qua’Vez Humphreys finished second at 5’ 8,” Chazaya Ruffin came in third at 5’ 8” and Ethan Alcorn came in fourth at 5’ 8.” 

Junction City won the Women’s 4-by-400-meter relay with the team consisting of Smith, Nicholson, White and Newman, with a time of 4:23.32.

Stephany Lechuga finished in third place in the girls 3,200-meter run with a time of 13:41.48. 

In the boys 200-meter run, David Giddens finished in second place with a time of 23.19, Aaron Hamilton finished third with a 23.24 and Xavier Waliyaya came in fourth with a 23.34. Kienna Newman won the girls 200-meter run with a time of 26.89.

Javontez Brime finished in second place in the boys 300-meter hurdles with a time of 42.95. Marcello Bussey finished in second place with a 52.65 in the boys 400 meters.

The Blue Jays won the boys 4-by-100-meter relay with the team consisting of Hamilton, Bussey, Brime and Giddens with a time of 43.55.

The Lady Jays took the top two spots in the girls 4-by-100-meter relay with the team consisting of Blagrove, Nicholson, White and Smith finishing first with a time of 51.56. The second-place finishers — consisting of Dye, Harris, Gibbs and Honore — had a time of 53.08.

Juan Tovar finished in third place in the boys 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:55.80.

In the boys 100-meter dash, David Giddens won with a time of 11.24, Xavier Walliyaya finished second at 11.39 and Ethan Alcorn finished fourth at 11.54.

The girls took the top three spots in the 100-meter. Nyla Blagrove came in first at 13.25, Shalai Dye finished second at 13.31 and Tamrian Gibbs was third at 13.33.

Javontez Brime finished second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.51. Kienna Newman won for the girls event with a time of 14.97. 

Zimmerman was content with his team’s effort in front of the home crowd. Competitors were on short rest, but he was happy with the outcome considering the circumstances.

“I just think, overall, our kids did real well,” Zimmerman said. “Obviously we didn’t have a lot of PRs today.”

And with Monday’s encouraging performance, Zimmerman doesn’t see the squad letting up, and thinks it will have sustained success moving forward.

“I think, on both sides, we have a great opportunity to score a lot of team points in a lot of meets,” Zimmerman said. “I think our points are solid in a lot of places. We have to continue to get better and we have a long ways to go.”

Final team results for the boys included:

• Manhattan — 106 points

• Junction City — 83 points

• Great Bend — 48 points

• Salina Central — 26 points

Final team results for the girls included: 

• Junction City — 88 points

• Manhattan — 84 points

• Salina Central — 62.5 points

• Great Bend — 36.5 points

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