Carpenter edges Rolince by 1 point

FREDERICKTOWN — It took a record-setting performance to decide who was best of the best at this year’s Mount Vernon News SpecTrackular.

Northridge’s Olivia Carpenter won two individual events and was part of two winning relay teams, but it took a meet record in the 300-meter hurdles to propel her to be named Most Valuable Competitor at the event Friday at Fredericktown High School.

“I’ve been doing pretty well this season,” Carpenter said. “I felt pretty good tonight. I think my start (in the 100 hurdles) was a split second late, but I felt good in the race.”

Carpenter scored 35 points on the night, edging out Danville’s Makayla Rolince (34 points), Mount Vernon’s Delaney Short (30 points) and Mount Vernon’s Jada Kennerly (28 points) for the top performer on the girls’ side.

The Northridge senior set her record in the 300 hurdles, nipping the old record of 45.6 by Mount Vernon’s Danae Rockwell in 2009 by just 0.03 of a second (45.57). She nearly set the record in the 100 hurdles, running it in 15.18. Carpenter then anchored the Vikings’ winning 4×200 and 4×400 relays.

Rolince had a strong performance in the sprints, winning the 100 (13.04 seconds) and 200 (26.89). She also finished second in the long jump (14-foot-4 1/2) and third in the high jump (4-6).

Berg: Big deal being on top

MOUNT VERNON — It was a terrific night for the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets, capped off with their very own Corey Berg taking home the boys Most Valuable Competitor trophy in Friday’s 2018 Mount Vernon News SpecTRACKular.

Berg took a pair of first-place finishes, including a time of 38.51 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles to beat teammate Erich Rhodeback (43.46). Stephen Schmitt of Centerburg was third with a time of 43.41. Berg also took first in the high jump, leaping 6-feet-5. That was over half a foot better than teammate Sam Bethea, who managed to clear 5-10. Chase Darr of East Knox was third at 5-8. Berg was pleased with his team’s performance, especially after last year’s disappointing rain out caused the 2017 SpecTRACKular to be canceled.

“I really wanted to win last year, but we didn’t get to run,” Berg said. “It’s great to be the top one out here. It’s all I’ve been thinking about. This is a big deal, being on top. Who doesn’t want to be the best?”

Highland’s Brock Veley (11.09 seconds) overcame Centerburg’s Tyler Boales (11.16) to win the 100-meter dash. Berg was third in the 100, posting an 11.23.

  • Fred Main/News Highland’s Sophia Thompson, left, and Alex Debord lead a pack of runners in the 1,600-meter race at Friday’s Mount Vernon News SpecTrackular. Coming up from behind is Fredericktown’s Nichole Groseclose.
  • Geoff Cowles/News East Knox’s Nathan Whitney stretches for a few more inches in the long jump competition at the Mount Vernon News SpecTrackular on Friday at Fredericktown.
  • Brandon Main/News Fredericktown’s Nick Laher lets one fly during the discus competition at Friday’s Mount Vernon News SpecTrackular. Laher finished with a throw of 93-feet-4.
  • Geoff Cowles/News Mount Vernon’s Delaney Short leaps toward victory in the long jump competition at Friday’s Mount Vernon News SpecTrackular at Fredericktown High School. Delaney finished first in the event with a jump of 14-5.
  • Fred Main/News The boys’ 100-meter dash was a tight race down the stretch during the Mount Vernon News SpecTrackular at Fredericktown High School. From left are Highland’s Jack Weaver, Fredericktown’s Cole Davis and Zayde Zolman and Highland’s Brock Veley. Veley ended up winning the race in a time of 11.09 seconds.

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