On the evening of Friday, April 30, 2021 the Trojan Girls & Boys Track & Field teams hosted their last home meet of the season, the New Castle Invitational. In the girls meet there were four teams and the boys meet consisted of six teams. The Trojans kicked off the evening by recognizing their seniors competing in their last home meet. Skies were sunny, and temperatures were in the low 60s at the start of the meet dropping to the low 50s as the meet progressed. As has been the case for many meets this season, the challenge was the strong winds out of the northwest which made things difficult coming down the home stretch in most races. For both the NC girls and NC boys the end result was a total team effort with those not competing supporting their teammates and those competing pushing themselves to their limits. Many athletes have developed an ability to perform consistently at high levels as the season has progressed and that too contributed to the Trojan team standings.
Boys Meet Summary:
The Trojan boys team placed 2nd scoring 123 points compared to 1st place Wapahani with 137 points. The Trojans won 6 out of 16 events in the meet, and those 6 events were won by just 3 athletes. Senior Matt Bell won the shot and discus, senior Jace Logston won both the 100 and 200 meter dash, and junior Andrew Fewell won the 1600 meter run as well as the 3200 meter run. Bringing home significant point with two 2nd place finishes behind his teammate was senior Nate Smith in the shot and discus. Bell and Smith were well ahead of the competition in the shot put. Bell led the way with 47 feet 9 inches followed by Smith with a toss of 46 feet 7 inches which was over three feet farther than the 3rd place competitor. Bell let the disc fly to 127 feet 7 inches to win the event with Smith just over a foot behind his teammate with 126 feet 10 inches.
Logston started off the meet by qualifying for the 200 meter dash finals with a time that was one second faster than the next competitor. Logston proved that was no fluke by winning the 200 meter finals again by over one second by eclipsing the distance in 23.31 seconds. Logston was also victorious in the 400 meter dash, pulling away at the end of the race, with a time of 52.13 seconds. Logston was not the lone Trojan scoring in the 200 and 400. Sophomore Brevan Thrine qualified for the finals in the 200 meter dash and secured 6th place with a time of 25.56 seconds. In the 400 meter dash, freshman Isaac Madden continued to be a solid NC second man in the event by placing 4th in a time of 55.33 seconds. Logston also scored points for the Trojans in the long jump by placing 5th with a leap of 18 feet 2 inches.
Andrew Fewell was victorious in the two longer distance events, the 1600 meter run and the 3200 meter run. After a brief battle for the front spot, Fewell established an early lead in the 1600 and was well on his way to victory when a Wapahani runner put on a surprise surge toward the front. Luckily Fewell recognized the competition closing in and also put on a final surge to the finish line keeping his pursuers at bay by over two seconds. Fewell’s winning time was 4:48.66. Also scoring for the Trojans in the 1600 meter run was senior Ayden Humbles in 6th place with a time of 5:07.95. Fewell followed later in the meet with another victory in the 3200 meter run with a personal best time by eclipsing the tape in 10:16.04. Also pulling in points for NC in the 3200 meter run was fellow junior Skyler Dickey in 4th place with a near personal best time of 10:29.61.
Junior Caleb Grow looked strong as he stayed in the mix for the lead most of the race in the 800 meter run. Ultimately Grow placed 3rd with a season best time of 2:10.28. Just out of scoring in the 800 was freshman Colten Lawson in 7th with a personal best time of 2:25.91. NC had two scorers in both of the hurdle events. Both junior Kyle Gabbard and senior Jack Taylor qualified for the finals in the 110 meter high hurdles. In the 110 hurdle finals, Gabbard grabbed 4th while Taylor followed in 6th with times of 18.17 seconds and 19.25 seconds respectively. Gabbard returned later in the meet for the 300 hurdles race along with teammate senior Ethan Moore. Moore secured 3rd place covering the distance in 46.48 seconds while Gabbard followed in 5th with a time of 47.06 seconds.
The Trojans scored in all three relay events. The NC 4×800 relay squad consisting of Fewell, Grow, sophomore Bradley Henderson, and Moore placed 3rd in a time of 9:17.68. A bit later in the meet the Trojan 4×100 relay squad consisting of freshman Braylon McRoberts, Gabbard, Thrine, and sophomore Jaykwan Guerrero secured 5th place with a time of 49.81 seconds. To close the meet in the 4×400 meter relay the Trojans were in the mix for the win the entire way. Leading off for NC was Madden establishing the Trojans toward the front of the field. After the hand-off to Grow, NC made a bid for the lead. When Grow handed the baton to Moore, Wapahani was trying to pull away but Moore kept NC in contention. When Moore made the final hand-off to Logston, Wapahani was pulling away but Logtson had other things in mind as he closed the gap and pulled up to the Wapahani runner. Unfortunately, the effort to get NC back into the mix had taken everything Losgton had and NC settled for 2nd place with a time of 3:42.59 just one and a half seconds behind first place Wapahani.
NC Boys Results:
4×800 Meter Relay – 3rd- Andrew Fewell, Caleb Grow, Bradley Henderson, Ethan Moore 9:17.68
110 Meter High Hurdles – 4th- Kyle Gabbard 18.17, 6th – Jack Taylor 19.25
100 Meter Dash – 10th – Jaykwan Guerrero 12.94, 12th – Brevan Thrine 13.26,
1600 Meter Run – 1st – Andrew Fewell 4:48.66, 6th – Ayden Humbles 5:07.95, 7th – Harry Callaway 5:08.31
4×100 Meter Relay – 5th – Braylon McRoberts, Kyle Gabbard, Brevan Thrine, Jaykwan Guerrero 49.81
400 Meter Dash – 1st – Jace Logston 52.13, 4th – Isaac Madden 55.33
300 Meter Hurdles – 3rd – Ethan Moore 46.48, 5th – Kyle Gabbard 47.06
800 Meter Run – 3rd Caleb Grow 2:10.28, 7th – Colten Lawson 2:25.91, 8th – Bradley Henderson 2:27.37
200 Meter Dash – 1st – Jace Logston 23.32, 6th – Brevan Thrine 25.56
3200 Meter Run – 1st – Andrew Fewell 10:16.04, 4th – Skyler Dickey 10:29.61
4×400 Meter Relay – 2nd – Isaac Madden, Caleb Grow, Ethan Moore, Jace Logston 3:42.59
Long Jump – 5th – Jace Logston 18 feet 2 inches, 9th Brevan Thrine 14 feet 3.25 inches
Discus Throw – 1st – Matt Bell 127 feet 7 inches, 2nd – Nate Smith 126 feet 10 inches
Shot Put – 1st – Matt Bell 47 feet 9 inches, 2nd – Nate Smith 46 feet 7 inches
Complete meet results can be found at the following links: