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AHS Track Opens Season at Ryle Invitational

               While the weather has been rather uncooperative for much of the early season, it was near perfect competition weather this past Saturday. Augusta track and field opened the 2018 season at the Ryle Invitational on Saturday, March 31, following the rain-out of their scheduled first meet on March 29 at Harrison County. 

               “Not having a track to train on is obviously always going to be an obstacle, but with all of the rain we’ve had and the flooding that occurred in Augusta that left behind a lot of sand and debris in some areas where we train, that has made this early season even more challenging in terms of getting in quality training sessions,” Coach Tim Litteral said.  “But it was good to get our first meet in so our guys can get a measure of where they are.”

               Jushod Commodore, a 7th grader, competed in his first varsity meet and first meet as a Panther.  He ran the boys’ 100M dash in 12.45 and the 200M dash in 25.39.  Commodore set personal records in both events, while also breaking the modern-day school record in both.  In the girls’ 100M, Madison Kelsch ran 15.73, while Maddie Whiteman ran 16.60.  In the girls’ 200M dash, Maddie Whiteman ran 33.42, while Ashleigh Taylor ran 34.84.

               Seth Fouts set a new personal best in the boys’ 400M, running 1:07.  Meanwhile, Madison Kelsch competed in the girls’ 400M dash for the first time, running 1:20.  Fouts also ran in the boys 800M run, finishing in 2:36.

               Conner Snapp, a 7th grader competing in his first varsity meet, and Adam Salle both set personal records in the boys’ 1600M run (1-mile), finishing in 5:53 and 5:57 respectively.  Also running in the 3200M run (2-mile), Sallee ran 13:21, while Snapp ran 13:32.

               In the shot put, Stephen Cordle placed 4th and threw 34 ft. 9 in.  John Paul Cordle, an 8th grader new to the sport, threw 21 ft. 9.25 in. 

“Stephen’s placing 4th was one of the bright spots today,” said Assistant Coach Jason Snapp. “We want to build on this from here and put him in an opportunity to get to state this year.”

               A new event for the program this year is the long jump.  For the boys, Commodore set a new PR of 5.21M, while Fouts jumped 4.36M.  For the girls, Madison Kelsch jumped 3.39M. 

               “While our modern-day records only go back to when we restarted track program in 2015, it’s always exciting when you break those records, so it was great to see Jushod do that in the 100 and 200 in his first races with us,” Litteral said.  “It’s also good to see the program expand to compete in another event in the long jump.  We’ve basically had no jumping practice yet, but Jushod improved in that event by over two feet from his best jump last year in his middle school meets.  Seth, Madison, and Ashleigh, who didn’t have the prior experience like Jushod, all jumped for the very first time today.”

               The team will return to action on April 14 at the Mason County Royal Rumble.