Titans Track Team Finishes In Top Spots In Myrtle Beach
Mercer County boys and girls track program traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for spring break and participated in the Beach Run Invitational for two days, March 31-April 1. There were over 40 teams from across the country.
The Titans didn’t know what kind of competition to expect and Head Track Coach Terry Yeast said he just wanted “the kids to compete and have fun.”
After arriving late on Thursday night, the Titans hit the track ready to compete Friday afternoon.
While the boys were missing a huge factor, several athletes still had a great two days. Senior Lleyton Penn scored 10 points with his first place finish in the shot put. Penn, a Belmont University commit, threw 50 feet. Sophomore Marshall Hart had a killer race in the 2 mile (3200M). He ran a personal best time of 10:12, which also set a new school record. He placed 15th out of 55 athletes. Junior Donavan Wright also jumped his personal best, 6 feet, which allowed him to place fifth in the high jump. Junior Thaddeus Mays scored points for the boys’ with his fifth place finish in the triple jump. He jumped 43-10.75. Mays also placed tenth in the pole vault, soaring 11-05.75. Several other Titans achieved personal best performances.
With a few injuries preventing some of the Lady Titans from performing, there were two Lady Titans who showed out and came ready to compete. Centre College commit, Lindsay Jessie, had a big day on Saturday. She placed second in the discus with a personal best of 111 feet. She also placed third in the shot put with a throw of 32-8. Freshman Teigh Yeast had a huge meet with three top 10 finishes. Yeast placed second in the 400 meter dash, finishing in 58.8 seconds, one-hundredth of a second off her state performance from last year. Yeast placed seventh in the long jump with a personal best jump of 16-06.75, capturing third place in the triple jump, Yeast hopped, skipped and jumped her way to a personal best of 36-10.25. Yeast’s 400 meter and triple jump allowed her to claim the top overall time and jump in the state of Kentucky.
“I was extremely proud of my athletes and their performances in Myrtle Beach,” Yeast said. “It was one of the most competitive meets we have attended in the past few years and the kids came ready to compete. Some of our times, jumps and throws set the tone for the season and we continue to improve to make a run for a repeat championship season.”