Perry thinclads compete at Carroll Coed Relays

Mariah Duffy -- who ran the third leg -- cheers on Emma Olejniczak on the anchor leg of the 4x800 relay at the 9th Davis Relays March 31.

CARROLL — The Perry boys finished fifth in a seven-team field and the Perry girls sixth in a field of eight at the Carroll Coed Relays Monday.

The Bluejays scored 66 points by tallying points in eight individual events and five relays as well as in two field events while the Jayettes accumulated 50 points from four individual races, two relays and one field event.

The Perry boys placed twice in the 1600 as Juma Bushiri placed second in 5 minutes, 11.99 seconds and Mario Cruz fifth in 5:40.4, while Dane McCarty (2:23.71) and Devon Archer (2:28.82) were 5-6 in the 800.

Reece Dunlap was second in the 100 in 11.42 and Nic Fellom third in the 200 in 25.01 while Jose Castellanos placed fourth in the 400 in 58.17. Brandon Kenyon was fifth, in 1:02.33, in the 400 hurdles, with Quinten Torres sixth in the 3200 in 13:39.28.

Bluejay head coach Ben Coy also noted the personal best times of 12.01 from Jacob Thompson in the 100, of 19.71 and by Beau Briles in the 110 hurdles, with Briles running a 1:06.88 in the 400 hurdles.

Perry won the medley relay when Eli Saemisch, Adan Medina, Thompson and Dunlap finished in 3:59.19, with the 4×800 unit of Bushiri, Zach Thompson, Kaleb Olejniczak and Alex Long second in 8:57.68. Medina, Saemisch, Fellom and Rashon Ivory were fourth in the 4×200 (1:39.24), with Castellanos, Gage Welch, Mana Martinez and Donald Chavez fifth in the 4×100 (48.48) while Olejniczak, Long, Bradley Godwin and Zach Thompson combined for fifth in the 4×400 (3:52.6).

Ivory gave Perry second-place points with a personal-best leap of 18 feet, nine inches in the long jump. Coy also noted the personal-best effort of 100’5 from Janier Puente in the discus.

Jayette head coach Matt Hardy said he found plenty of reasons to be happy.

“I was pleased to see continued success in the shot (put), 4×800, 800, 1500 and 3000,” he said. “It was nice to see us also score in the 400 and the distance medley.”

Bradley Godwin strides toward the finish of the 400 at the 9th Davis Relays March 31.
Bradley Godwin strides toward the finish of the 400 at the 9th Davis Relays March 31. Perry will return to Kaufman Track Thursday when they host the combined Bluejay/Jayette Relays.

Grace Stewart was second and Mariah Duffy third in the 1500 for the Jayettes on clockings of 5:43.19 and 5:48.77, respectively, while Stewart was second (12:11.34) and Joselyn Carrillo sixth (13:31.86) in the 3200. Emma Olejniczak was third for Perry in the 800 (2:43.69), with Sid Vancil sixth in the 400 (1:10.64).

The 4×800 unit of Vancil, Duffy, Olejniczak and Breanna Penenger won by more than 15 seconds by finishing in 10:55, with the quarter of Mariah McNamara, Mariah Duffy, Isabel Saemisch and Haileigh Kenyon using a 5:10.82 timing to place fifth in the distance medley.

The Jayettes also collected second place points in the shot put, where Taylor Lathrum recorded a best shove of 33’4-3/4.

Perry will host the combined Bluejay/Jayette Relays at Kaufman Track Thursday. They will continue coed action next week with visits to Greene County Monday and Newton April 21.


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