Shortage of athletes works as a barrier for track team in JV County Championships: Photo of the day 5/11/19


courtesy of Anne Bedard

Zack Hunsaker hands the baton to Bailey Spore for the final leg of the 4x800 meter relay.

by Bailey Spore, Editor

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May 9 was the final meet of the season for junior varsity track athletes. The JV Frederick County Championship was held at Urbana High School. Although they brought a group of very talented athletes with them, Linganore placed 5th out of 8 teams, scoring only 43 points. Oakdale won the meet, racking up 188 points.

The team is talented, but on this day the team was too small. Just under 20 athletes went to the meet.

“Initially there was more people going. When Coach Eckard told us who was in the meet on Monday, there was about 30 people, but as the week progressed, more and more people dropped out,” said Ben Rose. Rose ran in the 4×400 and 4×800 meter relays. Along with Rose, Zack Hunsaker ran in the 4×400 and 4×800.

“The entire day I was coughing, and wasn’t looking forward to the meet, but I didn’t want to drop out. Running made the coughing worse, and at some points it was tough to breathe, I definitely could’ve run better if I wasn’t sick,” said Hunsaker.

The 4×800 team, which also included Bailey Spore and Kyle Bedard, finished second place, bringing in points for the team. Besides a few points from the 4×400 team, and freshman Joshua Parker’s 8th place finish in the 200 meter dash, the rest of the points were scored by field events. Evan Connelly won Pole Vault with a PR of 9’6″, and Nick Iwanski won Shot Put with a PR of 37′. Both of these wins significantly improved the overall team score.

The season may be over for the JV athletes, but not for varsity. The 3a West Regional Championship will take place May 14 and 15. Best of luck to the team in bringing home another state title this year.