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Knight track opens season at home

HURDLE: Southwood's Maggie Ball clears a hurdle during the 100-meter hurdle event during Tuesday's meet against Whitko.

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@wabashplaindealer.com

Southwood’s boys’ and girls’ track teams kicked off the spring sports season in Wabash County at home on Tuesday with a dual meet against Three Rivers Conference foe Whitko. The Knight girls’ side picked up a dominant victory, 77-45, while the boys’ team led early before falling to the Wildcats, 68-55.

In the girls’ meet, Southwood raced out to a commanding lead after winning the 3,200-meter relay and taking a clean sweep of the top three spots in the high jump with Maggie Ball placing first after clearing 4’6”. Ball’s victory in the 100-meter hurdles gave Southwood an early 20-3 lead on the night.

From there, the Knights cruised throughout with Mya Denney taking first in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 6:18, Morgan Farr placing first in the 400-meter dash and 800-meter run and Sydney Helfin taking top honors in the 200-meter dash. In the field events, Eva Goff took first in the long jump and Bailey Wyatt finished first in the discus.

The Southwood 400-meter relay team took first while the 1,600-meter relay team wrapped up the night with a victory to cap off the night.

The boys’ meet was back-and-forth on the evening with Southwood leading early before Whitko rallied. Wins in the 3,200-meter relay and 110-meter hurdle by Jackson Simons helped the hosts to a 13-1 lead. Victories from Jacob Marlow in the 1,600-meter run, Simons in the 300-meter hurdles and Braden Sweet in the 800-meter run as well as from the 400-meter relay team helped Southwood maintain a 48-43 lead.

Whitko, though, took the top two spots in each the 200-meter dash and shot put to secure a late lead. Sweet’s win in the 3,200-meter run closed the deficit late but Whitko put the final touches on its win with a victory in the 1,600-meter run.

The Knights will travel to Manchester on Thursday to take part in a three-way meet with the Squires and Mississinewa. The meet is set to start at 5 p.m.