By Tim Taylor

Charleston’s Megan Garrett clocked in at 58.97 seconds to set a new school record in the 400 meters at a dual girls track meet at Effingham on Monday night.

Garrett eclipsed Hope Griffin’s time set in 2016 by 1.04 seconds in winning the race by nearly 10 seconds.

Charleston, meanwhile, won eight total events despite not entering anybody in the 4×800 relay, 300 hurdles and long jump. Effingham, though, won the meet, 75-56.

“Great way to start us off with excellent efforts all of the way around,” said Charleston coach  Chris Hawk.

Senior Grace Spoonhour easily won the 1,600 meters, beating the runner-up by more than 1½ minutes in 5 minutes, 48.30 seconds – only 2 seconds off her personal record.

“Those two are running really strong right now,” said Hawk.

In the 100 meters, Makenna McBride was fierce in holding off Effingham’s Weaver and Pierce by running a time of 13 seconds. Likewise, McBride won the 200 meters with her teammate Trevela Couch earning second.

Sophie Kattenbraker turned in an impressive win in the 800—clocking in at 2:52.46. Laney Wright placed second in the event.

On the field side, Hannah Taylor won the triple jump with a leap of 30 feet, 5½ inches and also took second in the high jump by clearing 4 feet, 6 inches.

Charleston’s Hannah Taylor races down the runway in the triple jump.

Tesa Brown vaulted 7-6 to win that event while Mackensie Williams placed second in the discus and third in the shot put.

Charleston next hosts Mt. Zion for a boys-girls meet next Monday.