Hatchet boys, girls run indoors

Mar. 6—TERRE HAUTE — The Washington Lady Hatchets Track and Field team opened their 2023 season by traveling to Indiana State University to compete in a HSR indoor meet.

"This was a perfect way to start the season with some tough competition and an amazing atmosphere for our athletes to have the opportunity to experience," said WHS coach Kristin McGuire.

"This was the first indoor meet for the Lady Hatchets to ever compete in so there were several events athletes were competing in for the first time ever as it does not follow all the same events as an outdoor season along with it being an HSR indoor meet."

There were several athletes that were able to place in their events but junior, Molly Jones, had the highest place of the day for the Lady Hatchets. Jones sealed a first place finish while snagging a new career best of 4-10" in high jump. She also ran anchor for the 4x4 relay team that placed second with Loreli Barmes, Ayla Owens and Megan Hinkle.

Sophomore, Jasara Turner, had the next highest place of the day with a third place finish in long jump along with placing as part of the 4x2 relay team. Other members of the 4x2 included JuJu Datus, Kapri Granger and Ellie Matteson. Matteson also placed 8th in long jump.

Kapri Granger, sophomore, had a 6th place finish in the 60m hurdles and was part of a 3 way tie for fourth place in pole vault clearing 7-6". Granger was also part of the 4x2 relay team. Freshman, Ayla Owens, was included in the fourth place tie in pole vault with a jump of 7-6". Owens finished second with the 4x4 team as well.

Junior, Bree Browning, threw 28-3" in shot put that finished her in 6th place. The Lady Hatchets will begin the 2023 outdoor season on March 16 when traveling to Princeton. This is going to be a great season for the Lady Hatchets as not only are there several returning athletes that have been successful in previous seasons, but there are some freshman and upperclassmen that have just joined our program that are sure to make their mark this season.

In the boys races, the varsity track team opened its season at ISU with the Hoosier State Relays.

It was the Hatchets second indoor meet. Last season the Hatchets competed in the Hoosier State Relays in Indianapolis.

"The kids enjoy the indoor meets. It's something different and the competition is very good. I try to include every athlete in as many events as I can to see what they can do and what we need to work on. I'm very pleased with the effort everyone gave," said coach Tim Baxter.

WHS had some stand-out performances from two veterans on the team: Cameron Cook placed third in Long Jump with 17-11.5" and Kenny Levasseur placed 4th in the long jump with 17-10" and first in the high jump with 6'.

"Our first outdoor meet is March 16th at Princeton. We've had a good turnout of athletes this season, with a couple of freshman and sophomores that will definitely make their presence known in scoring. I've already seen great leadership out of our seniors and am looking forward to seeing just how far they can advance," said Baxter.

The Hatchets boys' meets will be April 4 and April 18 are the only home meets.