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Southland Track & Field turns in good results at Deerfield-Windsor meet

ALBANY – In spite of the extremely windy conditions at Deerfield-Windsor, the Southland Academy boys and girls track and field teams did extremely well at the Deerfield-Windsor home meet on Wednesday, March 21, at Webb Memorial Stadium.

Overall, the Southland girls finished in third place as a team with 89 points. The Lady Raiders finished four points ahead of fourth-place Brookwood. Westwood finished in second with 100 points, and the host school, Deerfield-Windsor, finished in first place with 158 points.

The Southland boys finished in second place overall with 109 points, but almost 100 points behind Deerfield-Windsor, who scored 201 points.

“Everybody did well. They ran hard…left it all on the track,” Southland head coach Nathan Hammack said. “It’s hard to run in 35 mile-an-hour winds. I’m proud of the kids. They didn’t hold anything back. They didn’t back away from everything. They ran as hard as they could. They did their best.

Southland’s Sydney Payne competing in the long jump competition. She finished fourth in the long jump and finished in third place in the high jump.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

Southland’s Jadie Burrell, and eighth grader, won first place in the Girls 3200 Meters with a time of 13.30.89. “It was tough, but I just had to push through it,” Burrell said.  Southland’s Sydney Payne had a good day in the Girls High Jump event. Payne finished in third place in the event with a height of 4-08.00. Payne finished in fourth place in the Girls Long Jump event, jumping at a distance of 14-02.oo.

Morgan Youngdale running in the Boys 800 Meters.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

Though he came in sixth place in the Boys 800 Meters, Southland senior Morgan Youngdale gave it everything he had on the track in extremely rough conditions. He finished in a time of 2:32.22. “I felt really slow. I need to work on running faster and longer,” Youngdale said. “The first lap needs to be faster. I had to be able to make up that speed and keep it up.”

The Southland Boys “A” team came in second place in the Boys 4×100 Meter Relay event with a time of 47.34. The “B” team finished in sixth place with a time of 48.48. In the Boys High Jump event, Southland’s Owen Exley took third place with a height of 5-08.00. In Boys Shot Put, Parker Weldon of Southland finished in second place with a distance of 38-06.00. He finished behind Deerfield-Windsor’s John Collier Logan, who won the event with a distance of 45-05.50.

In the Girls 400 Meter Dash, Ryleigh Bell of Southland finished in second place with a time of 1:07.71. In the Girls 1600 Meter Run, the Lady Raiders took first and second place. Elizabeth Law won the event with a time of 6:14.94. Her teammate, Jadie Burrell, finished in second with a time of 6:21.96.

Southland’s Clay Owens finished in third place in the Boys 100 Meter Dash. Owens finished in a time of 11.65. Caleb Law finished in third place in the Boys 200 Meter Dash with a time of 25.20. In the Boys 4×400 Meter Relay, Southland’s “A” team finished in second with a time of 4:05.88. In the Boys 110 Meter Hurdles, the Raiders took first and second place. Bennet Carey won the event with a time of 17.81 and his teammate, Riley Parker, finished in second with a time of 18.62. Clay Owens won the Boys Long Jump event, jumping at 19-02.00.

Savannah Banks won the Girls Shot Put event, throwing at a distance of 31-04.00. In the Girls 4×400 Meter Relay event, Southland’s “A” team finished in second place with a time of 4:43.33.