This past week will go down in the record books for the Maryville track team.
March 29, the Spoofhounds took the track to compete at the Joe Shy Relays in Chillicothe. Over 11 schools made their way to the meet in hopes of returning with solid performances.
For Maryville, this is exactly what occurred. The boys team competed in over 19 events, while tallying up a final score of 156.0, and coming home with a second-place finish overall. Regarding the girl’s team, it only got better. The team tallied up a score of 119.5, while competing in 19 events and placed first.
“This win marked the first track meet won by the lady Spoofhounds in the last five years, and you could see the excitement and enthusiasm explode when the team scores were announced,” coach Nathan Powell said. “Moving forward, we need to continue building on these early successes and improve our confidence across the board. The boys know what it is going to take to reach the level of success we had last season, and now our girls have gotten a taste of that success; now we need take that and run with it.”
A few notable performances that came from the track were first place finishes in the 4-x-800-meter relay, 4-x-200-meter relay, 800-meter run, 1,600-meter run and 3,200-meter run. Caleb Fuerbacher claimed the 1600 and 3200-meter run victories and was also a contributing factor to the 4-x-800-meter run. Will Mattock sealed the victory for the Spoofhounds in the 800-meter and Jordan Piveral, Jacob Davenport, Tylan Perry and Jason Bagley were all a part of the 4-x-200-meter relay team.
On the girls side, first place finishes were awarded in the high jump and the 800-meter run. But what sealed the deal for the girls was a high finish in almost all the different categories of the meet. They finished second in the long jump, triple jump, 400-meter dash, 200-meter dash and the 200-meter relay.
What really stood out though was Maryville’s own Serena Sudell, who won the Bob Carter Memorial Gold Shoe award for the high point individual girl. This award is given in memory of Bob Carter, who was killed in a traffic accident in 2001, but was a sports editor for the Constitution Tribune for many years. This award was placed in his honor.
At the Joe Shy Relays, Sundell placed first in two solo events, had a noticeable second place finish in another and was part of the 4-x-400-meter relay team, finishing second.
A strong aspect that has been a key to the Spoofhounds’ success throughout this season has been leadership and people that have stepped up to fill in when injury had occurred.
“When it comes to leadership, I think the track team has had an outstanding relationship between the younger and older athletes,” Senior Reece Bickford said. “When it comes to the boys, all of the older distance runners help train the younger guys, while the same being in sprints. We try to teach the relay teams all the tips and tricks we have learned over the years to make them better as well.”
Powell also had a little bit to say when it comes to leadership on the track team.
“The senior boys and girls have been fantastic leading the way, and that doesn’t always mean winning every event,” Powell said. “They know all the little things it takes to be successful in practice and at meets, and they won’t let much slide when it comes to that.”
The Spoofhounds, at this point, only have one goal in mind and that is to prepare themselves to the best of their ability for what lies ahead. With having districts, sectionals, and possibly state meets still in front of them, they are doing everything they can to have their best chance at running at a very high level when the time comes.