The Northeastern girls athletes held up three fingers and said “three!” as they posed for photos with the trophy. The Shawnee boys took their trophy on a celebratory lap around the track and handed it off like a baton at the finish line.
Both teams may be used to winning the Clark County track and field championship. That doesn’t mean it ever gets old.
On Friday at Northeastern, the Northeastern girls won for the third straight season after having never won the title previously, and the Shawnee boys won for the fourth time in a row and the sixth time in the last seven years.
Northeastern senior Megan Simpson was named the most outstanding girls athlete for the third straight year. She edged Greenon freshman Rachel Stute, who was first in the 400 (1:02.58), third in the 100 (13.15), second in the 200 (27.46) and anchored the winning 1,600 relay (4:18.95)
Simpson finished first in the long jump (15-feet-8½), second in the 100-meter dash (12.92 seconds), second in the 400 (1:03.84) and fifth in the high jump (4-6). She did all that despite battling an illness all week.
“I just prayed a lot,” Simpson said. “I just kind of pushed through it and didn’t really think about it.”
Simpson scored 30 of Northeastern’s 132 points. Tecumseh finished second with 118 and was followed by Greenon (90), Shawnee (87), Northwestern (71), Kenton Ridge (66), Catholic Central (46), Springfield (26.5), Southeastern (15) and Emmanuel Christian (11.5).
Shawnee senior Tyler Greenwood was named the most outstanding boys athlete. He ran on the winning 3,200 relay team and won the 800 (1:59.45) and 1,600 (4:40.91). He also ran on the 1,600 relay team that finished fourth.
“It’s awesome,” Greenwood said. “There are a lot of outstanding athletes here. Personally, I didn’t think I would get it. I thought Cody Parker had an amazing meet.”
The Northeastern senior Parker won the high jump (6-2) and the long jump (20-3¼), anchored the winning 1,600 relay (3:37.38) and finished third in the 400 (52.66).
Shawnee ran away with the boys meet with 164 points and was followed by Springfield (83), Tecumseh (82), Northeastern (68), Emmanuel Christian (57), Kenton Ridge (52), Catholic Central (47), Southeastern (37), Greenon (37) and Northwestern (33).
Other top performers at the meet included: Kenton Ridge’s Iman Salhieh (first in 100 and 200); Greenon’s Lianne Masquelier (first in 1,600, second in 3,200); Tecumseh’s Katie Herdman (first in 100 hurdles, second in long jump); Springfield’s Caleb Lloyd (first in 110 and 300 hurdles); Shawnee’s Dusty Seelig (first in 400, second in 200); and Catholic Central’s Dimitrious Dimitroff (first in 200, second in 100).
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