By Chuck Reherman
WARR ACRES – Ahead of schedule.
Yukon’s young Millerette track team may have had only a 10th place finish in the season opener Putnam City North Invitational, but head coach Rod Zimmerman, he sees it as a good start.
The Millerettes placed in five events, earning one gold medal on the day.
“Overall I was happy with the meet,” Zimmerman said. “We have several girls ahead of where they have started in the past and they will continue to get better throughout the season.”
Kyla Davis won the gold in the pole vault as she continues her string of wins from last year (including a state title). She cleared 12-0 to easily defeat the field.
“That’s a good place for Kyla to start,” Zimmerman said. “She is moving up to bigger poles and making some changes I think will help her vault higher as she goes through the season and it’s all just natural progression as she becomes a better vaulter.”
Avery Stanley had a second place finish in the 1600 in 5:40.51 and was fourth in the 800 in 2:31.29.
“Avery had a great cross country season and that is carrying over to track,” he said. “She maintained a quicker pace through the 1600 which is something we have been working on with her that beat her fastest time last year by about eight seconds and that was at regionals at the end of the season. Her 800 was the same way about three seconds faster than her pr at regionals last year. That’s pretty good when you can start your season ahead of where you ended the previous season.”
Phoebe Lewis ran sixth i the 100 meter intermediate hurdles in 18.23 seconds and was seventh in the 300’s in 53.23.
Haley Downing ran sixth in the 400 in 1:04.62 and the 4×100 relay team also took sixth in 53.78 seconds.
YHS finished 10th with 26 points. Santa Fe won with 100.
YHS travels to McGuinness on Thursday.