The Jefferson R7 Blue Jays Track teams have been very busy recently. This past week, the teams competed twice, first in their home invitational meet, and then again in the Perryville meet.
The Girls team led the way at home, steam rolling the competition to take first place as a team. The Boys team also had an excellent showing, coming in third.
One of the Girls top performances came from Catryn Cattoor, who took first in both Shot Put and Discus. Cattoor said, “My main focus this season has been on staying relaxed. I try not to think when I throw and trust that the work I’ve put in at practice will translate into competition.”
On the Boys side, Sean Usery smoked the competition for a first place finish in the 110m Hurdles. The Boys 4×400 team, consisting of Chase Politte, Jerimiah Chipps, Jess Blankenship and Usery won first place as well. Politte also won first place in the High Jump.
Many other Jefferson athletes contributed with second and third place finishes. A few other key contributors to the team finishes were Reagan Kennedy, Riley Duvall, Kiersten Vandeven, Nate Breeze, Will Breeze, Karter Dowd and Dalton Travica.
Jefferson also competed in the Perryville Invitational track meet. This was a meet filled with much larger schools than Jefferson. Head Coach Justin Horn said, “We use meets like this as another way for our athletes to see some good competition from right here in our area.”
One big highlight from this meet was the performance of Cattoor. She set a new school record of 11.04 meters (approximately 36ft 2in) in Shot Put. She also took first in Discus.
Also in the meet, the Girls 4x200m Relay took third, while Politte placed second in the 300m Hurdles. Konner Armstrong, with an appropriate name, won the Shot Put event with a throw of 12.94m.
Armstrong talked about his throw, and said, “It was a great throw at the meet that set me up well for the rest of the event, but my approach is getting better every week and I’m getting prepared for Districts.”
Horn was pleased with his team’s performance, and said, “Overall this meet was filled with some very good competition and we benefited on both the boys and girls side from being able to see these teams.”
It was a week of tough but fruitful competition. “Track is definitely still an overall team effort in order to get those meet wins as a team, and we look forward to the opportunity to continue to grow as athletes and as a team,” said Horn.