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By Troy Treasure
The North Shelby Girls Track and Field team finished second among the four Class 1 schools Thursday, April 29 at the Knox County Relays.
Whitney Shinn had two first-place performances in the 100-meter dash (13.2 seconds) and the triple jump.
Caroline Linberger finished second to Shinn in the 100 (13.4 seconds). Linberger won the long jump competition.
Shinn and Linberger placed second and third, respectively, in the 200-meters with both establishing personal records along the way: Shinn at 27.5 seconds, Linberger with a time of 28.1.
Shinn was third and Linberger fifth in the 400, both with personal bests.
The girls 4×100-meter relay team of Zoe Barrick, Marissa McEwen, Gracie von Thun and Layne Parshall finished fifth.
In boys competition, North Shelby’s Noah Greenwell was fourth in the javelin.
Greenwell competed in the long jump after taking a fall warming up for the event. He suffered a laceration inside his mouth, as well as scrape to two, but did not seem any worse for wear.
An observer who was at the long jump pit when Greenwell went down indicated to a reporter that Greenwell said, “I like the pain.”
North will compete again at Knox County on Thursday, May 6.
“It is considered an open meet, it’s kind of like a practice meet just right here before districts,” Head Coach Renee Shinn said.
“We will have a couple of students who will be gone that day to the State Scholar Bowl contest, which is so awesome that are athletes are not just athletes but they are also academic performers, as well,” Shinn added.
The district meet will be held Saturday, May 8 at Schuyler County.
“Actually, we have to have our entries in for that Tuesday (May 4) at noon,” Shinn said. “We pretty well know where were going to put people.
“We’ve been watching the district standings on athletic.net,” Shinn continued. “We see some prospects there for moving forward to the sectional meet the following week which will be at Monroe City.”
The following athletes had personal-best performances at the Knox County Relays:
Girls: Barrick, triple jump; Alexa Mesmer, discus and javelin; von Thun, 100-meter hurdles.
Boys: Fady Francis, discus; Donnie Horner, 800-meters; Aden Johnston, high jump.