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Lady Raptors win Fifth Consecutive March Madness Invitational

Despite graduating three athletes who have gone on to compete for Division I schools in track & field, this year's Lady Raptors have a strong roster and are looking to pick up right where last year's state runners up team left off.  They got off to a great start this week, winning Ravenwood's March Madness Track & Field Invitational for the fifth consecutive year and sixth out of seven.  Some highlights from Tuesday and Wednesday:

  • Even though she hadn't trained since December, junior Annika Sleenhof led the 1600m from the gun, finishing in a time of 5:07.99, just 2 seconds off her PR.
  • The 4x100m (Kennedy McCoy, Grace Parsons, Peyton Rositano, and Riley White), 4x200m (Caroline Groves, Kennedy McCoy, Grace Parsons, and Riley White), and 4x400m (Caroline Groves, Maeve Hanley, Grace Parsons, and Riley White) relay teams all won easily, while the 4x800m team (Elise Strevell, Taylor Hill, Ella Kuban, and Maeve Hanley) finished second.
  • Competing in her first high school outdoor meet, freshman Ashton Carteaux won the long jump and finished second in the pole vault.

Here are all the scorers:

100m - Kennedy McCoy (4th)
200m - Kennedy McCoy (3rd), Aries Ballard (6th)
400m - Kiara Carter (7th)
800m - Jamie Blaylock (3rd), Olivia Hetherington (4th), Elise Strevell (6th)
1600m - Annika Sleenhof (1st), Jamie Blaylock (2nd), Alex Rosen (6th)
3200m - Olivia Derr (4th)
100m hurdles - Lauren Milstone (5th)
4x100m - 1st
4x200m - 1st
4x400m - 1st
4x800m - 2nd
high jump - Mikayla Murphy (3rd)
pole vault - Ashton Carteaux (2nd)
long jump - Ashton Carteaux (1st)
shot put - Caroline Briggs (4th)

The girls scored in 15 of 18 possible events for a total of 127 points, 13 better than runners up Independence.  The girls team will compete at the Scott Hartman Relays next week at Brentwood High School.