No time for rest for Brownstown’s Yeadon at track meets

Jazz Yeadon doesn’t have much free time during Brownstown Central track and field meets as she is usually busy preparing for one of her four events.

During Tuesday’s home meet against Scottsburg and Borden, Yeadon won the long jump with a jump of 14 feet, 9 inches.

While she was finishing her long jumps, the running events got underway, and Yeadon’s first event on the oval was the 400 relay, where she led off and helped the Braves win in 54.2.

Next up for the BC senior was the open 400, and Yeadon placed second in 1:09.

Yeadon completed her schedule in the final race of the day, the 4×400 relay, and she ran anchor to help the Braves finish second.

She said she likes to keep busy.

“I always have four events. Between my 400 and the 4×4 is the longest (rest time) I get. Both (individual events and relays) have their perks,” she said. “In the individual, I can just focus on myself. I don’t really have to worry about disappointing my teammates, but the relays are a lot more adrenaline and more willpower to try and do well for my team.”

She said she likes running first in the 4×100 relay and anchor in the 4×400.

“I don’t mind anchor. That race is normally the most fun, the competition is head to head, so it’s whoever can leg it out at the end, they get the win,” she said.

Her longest long jump this season is 14-9, but she said her PR is 15-6.

“I need to get up to speed and get my form back to where it was,” she said.

In the 400, she likes to run in one of the middle lanes.

“Being in the middle just kind of helps you push to the finish,” she said. “Sometimes, if there is more straight competition, it’s a full, all-out sprint, and you have to run hard to the line, but if you’re facing a couple slower runners, you can kind of strategically run it where you don’t have to completely kill yourself during the race.”

She likes the variety of events that make up a track meet.

“The atmosphere of track is just something that you don’t get with other sports,” she said. “The competition is normally always friendly. I’ve made so many friends, and everyone is so supportive of each other, and it’s just a good atmosphere to be in.”

Yeadon said she wants to peak at the Mid-Southern Conference and sectional meets in May.

“At conference, with my 400, I would definitely like to be around a 1:05. Our 4×1, we’re only three seconds off our school record, so that is a big goal for us. We’d like to get that. We’d like to make it out of sectional with our 4×1,” she said.

On Tuesday, the Brownstown girls scored 80.5 points, Borden had 50 and Scottsburg 34.5. The Brownstown boys edged Borden 59-58, and Scottsburg scored 50.

Paige McKain won the 800, 1600 and 3200, while Camryn Thompson won the 100 hurdles and was second in the 300 hurdles, Maddy Schepman won the 200, Noelani McPherson was second in the 100 and Liberty Wilkins was third in the 800.

The Braves dominated the field events by scoring three places in the weights and the long jump.

Addie Shelton and Zori Otting went 1-2 in both the shot put and discus, while Lexi Wheeles was fourth in the shot and Addisyn Osborne was fourth in the discus.

Schepman was second in the high jump and Wilkins tied for fourth, McPherson was second and Chelsie Combs was fourth in the long jump and Kaitlyn McCormick was second and Tori Lokey was fourth in the pole vault.

Chance Ratliff and Dustyn Kocsis were double winners for the boys with Ratliff winning the 1600 and 3200 races, while Kocsis won the shot and discus.

Garrett Driver won the 400 and was second in the 200.

The Braves won the 4×100 relay and were second in the 4×400.

Gregory Hutcheson was second in both hurdles and Adam Wayt was fourth in the 100 hurdles, Bradley Edwards was second in the 800, Lane Zike was fourth in the 100 and 200 and Spencer Penn was fourth in the 400.

Brayden Millick was second in both the shot and discus, and Landon Wilkins was also fourth in the shot and fourth in the pole vault.

The Braves will host Corydon and Madison at 6 p.m. today.