By Tim Taylor
Charleston’s seventh-grade boys dominated both shot put and discus, winning the first four spots in both events to pace the Trojans to an easy 80-33 victory over Robinson in a track and field meet at Trojan Field.
Alex Matheny heaved the shot 30 feet, 7 inches to win that event, followed by Tyler Oakley, Jace Boyce, and Ethan Cox. In the discus, Matheny once again earned first with a throw of 79-10.
The eighth-grade boys also topped Robinson, 50-48, but both seventh-grade girls (73-40) and eighth-grade girls (92-23) lost to the Maroons.
“None of our kids have ever done track,” CMS track coach John McInerney said, “so it was an eye opener for everyone. The kids competed hard and supported each other wonderfully. We have lots of room for improvement, but it was a very good start.”
The CMS teams did exceptionally well in field events.
Artem Lindley led the way for the seventh-grade boys at pole vault with a mark of 6 feet, followed by Tyler Oakley and Max Webber in second and third place, respectively.
At long jump, CMS girls garnered the top three spots with Ava Goble attaining a meet best jump of 12 feet, 3 inches. On the boys side for seventh grade, Landon Bell won with a leap of 13-9, four inches farther than runner-up Quinn Taylor.
At high jump, Trojans dominated three of the four competitions. Avery Beals won the seventh-grade competition by jumping 4 feet, 4 inches, followed by Sydney Livingston and Liberty Weiss. In the eighth-grade boys competition, Gavril Amartey went 4-6. Tim Davidson earned first in the seventh-grade event.
Other notable performances of the day: Avery Beals won the 200 meters in 29.70 seconds, Hadley Webb clocked in at 6 minutes, .15 seconds to take the eighth-grade girls 1,600 meters, Landon Bell took the seventh-grade boys 1,600 meters in 6:25.55, and the seventh-grade boys 4×100 relay team (Taylor, Davidson, Oakley, and Lindley) won with a time of 6:25.55.