The Patrick County High School indoor track team had a very successful day at the Conference 32 indoor championships Friday evening.
The Cougars are proud to be sending seven individuals and two relay teams on to the 3A West Regional Championships, which will be held Friday at Liberty University. The top six individuals in each event plus the top three relay teams advanced.
The ladies 4×800 relay team started off the meet with a bang. Savannah Moorefield, Montana Moorefield, Macie Rogers and Emma Hubbard ran away from the competition early and never looked back. They won the conference title and set a new meet record.
“The girls really set the tone for our team for the rest of the meet,” said Coach Kali Slaydon. “After their impressive performance, the great races kept coming.”
Less than 30 minutes after the relay, Macie Rogers ran to a solid fourth place finish in the mile. She was followed by Arielle Taylor who ran a very gritty race to finish sixth and punch her ticket to the regional championships.
Juan Cisneros battled to a fifth place finish in the boys’ mile.
In the 500m race, Savannah Moorefield ran two seconds faster than she has all season and gutted it out to a fifth place finish.
Ethan Gilbert fought hard in a very physical race and pulled out a sixth place finish.
Emma Hubbard established herself as a force to be reckoned with in the 1000. She took the lead early in the race, and after being passed in the final lap, hung in tough and sprinted to victory in the final 10 meters.
Gutsy freshman Montana Moorefield finished fifth in the same event.
The night was capped off by the tough PCHS lady foursome (Moorefield, Moorefield, Rogers, Hubbard), who set a new school record in the 4×400 relay and cruised to a third place finish.
“Our entire team ran with their hearts on their sleeves tonight. We have a very young squad, and the experience that our youngsters gained tonight will be extremely valuable moving forward,” said Slaydon.
“The entire coaching staff would like to thank our parents for their commitment to and support of our program. They pulled together last minute to transport our athletes to the meet, and we are extremely grateful for the sacrifices they make for their athletes on a daily basis, said Coaches Kali and Danel Slaydon.