The Hillsboro Middle School girls track and field team had an exceptional 2017 season winning seven out of the nine meets that they attended and scored nearly 1,000 points total on the season.
The team featured 17 seventh grade and 13 eighth grade girls. The girls set several personal records during the season and also broke several invitational records. The school record for Middle School girls pole vault was set at 8-00 by Eden Edenfield, and the girls 4×100-meter relay team also set a school record with a time of 54.3.
Edenfield became the first qualifier from Hillsboro to qualify for the Middle School state track and field meet. Edenfield qualified for state courtesy of her 8-00 vault.
Top performers for the Lady Indians this year were Gracie Michael in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.41, Riley Barton in the 100-meter dash with a time of 14.25, Magarah Bloom in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:54, Sydney Callahan in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:06, the 4×200-meter relay team posted a time of 2:03, Breanna Karnes in the 200-meter hurdles with a time of 34.61, Bloom in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:41, Edenfield in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.77, the 4×400-meter relay team posted a time of 4:40.97, Barton in the long jump with a distance of 14-02, Riley Stratton in the shot put with a distance of 28-01, Leah Hester in the discus with a distance of 72-01, and Michael in the high jump with a height of 4-06.
With the majority of the team returning for the 2018 season the team will be looking to improve on what was clearly an excellent season. Of the top performers for the team in 2017 five of them will be returning. The experience gained by those athletes this year will only serve to increase their ability and their performance in pressure packed situations.
Reach Ryan Applegate at 937-402-2572, or on Twitter @RCApplegate89.