By Tim Taylor

Senior Makenna McBride continued to showcase why she is one of the best sprinters in the state with times of 12.8 and 27.3 in the 100 and 200, respectively, during the Paris Relays track and field meet.

Fueled by strong performances in a variety of events on the day, the girls team placed second behind Effingham with 138.5 points – 29.5 behind the Hearts.

McBride’s 12.8 to win the 100 meters was a full second ahead of the runner-up, and her 27.3 time was good for a 1.5-second margin of victory.

The Charleston boys, meanwhile, dominated the Tiger Relays by earning 184 points. Effingham came in second with 158 points.

In terrible conditions with a strong wind whipping right into her face, Mackensie Williams won the discus with a toss of 83 feet, 6 inches and Ila Richter clocked 2:51.3 to capture the 800 race by .7 seconds. Hannah Taylor, meanwhile, won the triple jump in 30 feet, 9.5 inches.

Seniors Zac Stout and Peyton Cox tied for first place in the pole vault with clearances of 11 feet.

Alex Stout and Zayvion Johnson-Mitchell earned first and second, respectively, in shot put. Stout won the event with a heave of 41 feet, 6.5 inches, and he came in second with a throw of 119-8 in the discus.

A duo of CHS boys dominated the 400. Zac Stout won the event with a time of 54.1 followed by Caiden Pruitt with a time of 57.4.

The boys and girls relay teams placed in all of the events, garnering solid points for their overall team totals. Both the the boys and girls 4×100, 4×200, and 4×800 teams placed second while the boys 4×400 team placed third, and the girls team got fourth.

Other notable performances:

  • Caiden Pruitt came in second in the 100.
  • Hannah Taylor won the triple jump unopposed with a bound of 30 feet, 9.5 inches, came in second in high jump, and placed third in long jump.
  • Jacob Flight placed second in triple jump
  • Austin Sikorski earned second in the 800.
  • Wyatt Strader placed second in the long jump and third in triple jump.
  • Ila Richter took third in the 400.
  • Mackensie Williams and Aerielle Eckert came in third and fourth, respectively, in the shot put.
  • Blake Hommann placed third in both the 1600 and 3200.
  • Amber Weiss earned fourth in high jump.
  • In boys high jump, Kyle Ross came in fourth, which was a personal record clearance of 5-8, and Jacob Flight got fifth.
  • Olive Conn came in fifth in the long jump.
  • Zayvion Johnson-Mitchell earned fifth in discus.