The Adams Central Middle School boys team finished second in the 2018 ACAC Track & Field Championship meet Thursday, scoring 96 points, 15 behind meet winners South Adams. Alex Currie was the top scorer for the Jets and the number five individual scorer on the day with 20 points. Despite running with a painful hip flexor injury, Currie finished fifth in the 100 meters in 12.86, just behind teammate Jacob Myers, who took fourth in 12.84 and was the top 7th-grader in the race. In the 400, Derek Miller knocked 1.4 seconds off his previous best to take fourth place in 59.1, while Klayton Terrell, running in the slow heat, finished sixth in 1:02.3.
Standout distance runner Jake Kaehr capped his remarkable middle school career by finishing fourth in the 1600 in 5:29 and second in the 800 in a personal-best time of 2:22.0. Sixth-grader Carter Steele ran an impressive 5:56.9 in the 1600, knocking 12 seconds off his previous best. Jadon Agler and Braysen Yergler scored for the Jets in the hurdle events, Agler taking sixth in both the 110 (19.99) and 200 hurdles (31.98), and Yergler earning a clutch fourth place in the 110 hurdles in 19.77.
The Jets racked up 14 points in the high jump, with Miller and Currie each clearing 5′ 2″ to claim second and third. Currie was also runner-up in the long jump at 16′ 6.5″ while Ethan Brown jumped 14′ 9.5″ for seventh. Corbin Hirschy wrapped up a great season with a second-place throw of 34’ 9” in the shot put and a 92’ 5” heave in the discus, good for fourth. Aaron Christner chipped in two points in the shot put, throwing 27’ 9” for seventh.
The 4×100 relay team of Currie, Agler, Brown, and Myers finished runner-up in 50.10, just .34 seconds behind the champion Bluffton team. In the final event, the Jets’ 4×400 team of Miller (1:01.4 split), Brown (58.9), Myers (59.1), and Kaehr (1:00.8) was edged out in the final leg by Woodlan but still managed to nearly break their own school record despite fighting a stiff breeze, finishing in 4:00.3. The Jets scored more points in the relays (16) than any other team.