The Adams Central Middle School girls track team completed an undefeated season by winning the ACAC meet in dominating fashion earlier this week, racking up 155 points, 58 more than runner-up South Adams. The Lady Jets were led by sterling performances from Hannah Ripley, Gracey Coyne, and Marissa Van De Weg. Ripley destroyed the field in the long jump with a leap of 16â 1â, breaking both the AC school record and the ACAC meet record. Ripley also finished second in the 400 and ran on the victorious 4×400 relay team, along with Coyne, Van De Weg, and Shelby Oliver.
After winning the high jump for the second year in a row, Coyne defended her ACAC title in the 400, capping off a two-year unbeaten streak in both events. Earlier this year Coyne set new school records in the 400 (1:03.1) and high jump (5â 4â). Standout jumper Natalie Bluhm piled on 14 more points for the Lady Jets, finishing second in the high jump and third in the long jump.
Seventh-grader Van De Weg won both the 100- and 200-meter hurdles handily, finished second in the 1600 in an outstanding time of 5:43, and capped off her near-perfect night by running a strong leg on the winning 4×400 relay team, which finished in 4:35.9. Makaylah Hamm took third in the 100 hurdles while Ava Macklin finished sixth in the 200 hurdles for AC.
Kylee Roe claimed the discus title with a throw of 79â 2.5â while teammate Carly Black took second, completing an AC sweep of the event. Roe, a seventh-grader, also finished a close second in the shot put, just six inches behind the winner. Seventh-grade sprinter Josie Isch ran a stellar race in the 100, finishing a close second despite wearing training shoes, her spikes having recently been lost. Sister Jada Isch, a sixth-grader, finished an impressive seventh in the event. Josie Isch also anchored the second-place AC 4×100 relay team, which included Jada Isch, Ady Newland, and Morgan Schwartz.
Olivia Reynolds ran strong races in the 1600 (6:14) and 800 (2:47), both good for sixth place. Fellow distance runner Shelby Oliver chipped in with a seventh-place finish in the 800.
The AC boys team finished fifth in the eight-team meet, which was won by Woodlan. Travis Ellenberger claimed the lone conference title for the Jets by winning the 100 in a time of 12.4. After anchoring the Jetsâ fifth-place 4×100 meter relay team, Ellenberger took runner-up in the 200, concluding a terrific season as the Jetsâ top performer. Jake Kaehr and Noah Crockett turned in excellent performances in the distance events. Seventh-grader Kaehr took second in the 800 (2:29) and fifth in the 1600 (5:26), while Crockett finished his middle-school career with sixth- and seventh-place finishes in the 1600 and 800, respectively.
Other scorers for the AC boys included Hunter Johnson (eighth in the 100), Ian Smith (fifth in the shot put), Braysen Yergler (sixth in the high jump), and the sixth-place 4×400 relay team of Derek Miller, Alex Anderson, Josh Mosser, and Jadon Agler.