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JCN Girls & Boys Sweep Northeast Kansas League Track Titles
By Mike Smith
Copyright: MSC Sports

Northeast Kansas League Track Meet Results (5-10-18) - click here

The Jefferson County North Chargers have dominated the Northeast Kansas League in track and field and for the fourth-straight year the girls and boys Chargers track and field teams earned each earned League titles. 

JCN girls posted 193 total points to take first place and win by 61 points as Jackson Heights took second place and Oskaloosa placed third. Pleasant Ridge, Maur Hill-Mount Academy, Horton, Mclouth and Valley Falls finished fourth through eighth as girls teams. JCN boys notched 174 total points to take first by 69 points as Pleasant Ridge took second. Maur Hill-Mount Academy, Jackson Heights, Mclouth, Horton, Valley Falls and Oskaloosa placed third through eighth as boys teams. 

Fifteen first place finishes overall led the JCN Chargers at the NEKL meet. In the girls competition Annabelle Vaught won both the long jump (16'01) and triple jump (31'05), while Ravyn Jobbins repeated as the girls javelin NEKL champ (116'02) winning the title for the third time in her career overall. The lady Chargers 4x100 meter relay team (53.51) took first place for the third straight year, while Josie Weishaar repeated as NEKL champ in the girls high jump (5'00). Karissa Schmelzle won the girls pole vault (8'00) also for JCN. In the boys competition Jirou Gill sprinted to gold in the 100 and 200 meter dashes with times of 11.23 and 23.40, while the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams posted times of 44.65 and 3:33.34 to repeat as League champs. The Charger boys made it a clean sweep of the relays by winning the 4x800 meter relay (8:39.69), also. Trevor Pentlin earned first place in the boys 3200 meter run (10:53.72), while Knox Tweed won the 110 meter hurdles (15.96) and on the field Ridge Robertson won the pole vault (12'03) League title for the fourth time and Caden McAfee took first in the javelin (152'02). 

The host Jackson Heights had six first place finishes including Faith Little winning three events on the day. Little three-peated as the NEKL champ in the 800 and 1600 meter runs posting times of 2:25.72 and 5:36.25 to win the events and added a first place finish in the 3200 meter run (12:48.72) also. The lady Cobras 4x400 meter relay (4:26) took first for the second straight year, while the 4x800 meter relay (10:55.78), also earned first place. Jason Parker with a leap of 6'04 took first place in the boy’s high jump. 

Emma Schwinn and Luke Oatney were multi-event winners for Pleasant Ridge at the NEKL meet. Schwinn won the girls 100 and 300 meter hurdles with times of 16.74 and 50.72, while Oatney took first in the boys 800 meter run (2:06.94) and repeated as the boys 1600 meter run (4:50.28) champ. Glynn Smith posted a leap of 43'01 to win the triple jump, while Keaton Comer took first in the 400 meter dash (52.90). 

Jaden Courter and Alexi Adams each repeated as League champs in events for the Oskaloosa Bears. Courter won the girls shot put (37'08) for the second straight year and took first in the discus (122'02) League title for the second time in school history. Adams won the 400 meter dash (1:01.37) for the second straight year and added a first place finish in the 200 meter dash (27.58). 

Horton Chargers were led by Connor Winter who won the boys shot put (47'02) and discus (130'05). 

For Valley Falls it was Sway Schmelzle and Nathan Pickerell who won events at the NEKL meet. Schmelzle took first in the girl’s 100 meter dash (12.81) and Pickerell won the boys long jump (20'00.50). 

Maur Hill-Mount Academy was led by Joseph Hernandez as he captured first place in the boy’s 300 meter hurdles (42.18). 

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