Braves track and field hosts tri-meet


Brownstown Central track and field coaches Maria Conklin and Derrick Koch said they saw a lot of improvement from their squads during Tuesday’s home meet against Scottsburg and Borden.

The girls won eight events, while the boys placed first in five events.

“We had a lot of people step up today,” Conklin said after the BC girls scored 73 points. “We were a little short today because there is an academic team meet, so we were missing several people there.”

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Scottsburg had 62 points and Borden totaled 35 on the night.

Double winners for the Braves were Kaelyn Johnson in the mile and two-mile, Jazz Yeadon in the 400 and long jump and Ashley Schroer in the shot put and discus. The Braves’ 3,200 and 400 relays also placed first.

Johnson posted times of 6 minutes, 13.7 seconds in the mile and 13:21.3 in the 3,200, Schroer threw the discus 105 feet, 6 inches and the shot 33-10 and Yeadon went 15-4 3/4 in the long jump.

The Braves turned 11:47.6 in the 3,200 relay and 57.5 in the 400 relay.

“Kaelyn ran well for distance,” Conklin said. “I know our 4×800 ran strong to start (11:47.6)m so we got some big points there. We did well in the weights. We got three places in both shot and discus.

“Jazz Yeadon really stepped up for us as a freshman. We didn’t have Brooklyn Snodgrass tonightm so she ran really well on the relay and long jumped. She PR’d (personal record) in the 400 (1:06.40), so that was really good there. We’re moving forward at the right time, so I’m excited.”

Caleb Bollinger and Luke Wood went 1-2 in the pole vault to help the Braves pass Borden and finish second. Bollinger cleared 12 feet and Wood went 11 feet.

Robbie Branaman won the 300 hurdles in 47.2, Luke Shelton won the discus at 118, Braeden Walker’s winning throw in the shot put was 39-9 and Derek Thompson cleared 6 feet to win the high jump.

Koch also was pleased with the improvement.

“Today, we had huge progress,” Koch said. “We’ve been struggling scoring points against teams we’ve competed against, so tonight, I think we showed a lot more improvement than I’ve seen so far this season.

“Our times, I don’t think, were as great. In the 100 and 200 and that kind of stuff, we struggled a little bit more on times. We were slower than we had been at Jennings County, for example. However, place-wise, I think we did well.”

Koch was pleased to see the Braves win four of the five field events.

“Scottsburg had a good sprinter there, but overall I’m pleased, especially with how our field events did," he said. "Our field events helped carry us as they usually do, and tonight, they did, as well, and that’s where we showed some big improvement. That’s a huge strength for us. Those things where our kids can practice and put in a lot of effort and improve, I think that’s where our strengths are, and these guys put in a lot of time.”

The Braves will run Thursday at Corydon Central.