Track team competes at Bassett


The Patrick County Cougar track team competed at Bassett last Wednesday. “It was a great day full of personal and season’s bests,” said Coach Danel Slaydon. “We are competing with more confidence and aggression, which is exactly what we are looking for at this point in the season,” he explained.

The highlight of the day came from Lexy Carico broke Rachel Pendleton’s 20-year old school record in the discus (by nearly two feet) with a throw of 134 feet and 6 inches.

“She has been chasing that record since she first set foot in the circle two years ago, so to see her finally claw her way to the top of the records books is awesome, and a testament to how well she works with Coach Hill,” Slaydon said. That performance also automatically qualifies her for the state meet and New Balance Nationals.

“We got some big wins from Arielle Taylor, Ashton Collins, and Armonte Carter on the girls’ side, and Juan Cisneros, Matt Amos, and Zach Montgomery on the boys’ side,” Slaydon added.

The Cougars will face off against the district at Franklin County Wednesday (today), and middle school runners will compete in the Piedmont Championships Thursday at Laurel Park.

Top 3 performances from Bassett were as follows:

Girls: Macie Rogers-2nd (mile); Arielle Taylor-3rd (mile), 1st (800); Ashton Collins-1st (2 mile); Armonte Carter-1st (400); Lexy Carico-1st (discus), 1st (shot put).

Boys: Juan Cisneros-1st (mile), 1st (2 mile); Matt Amos-1st (discus); Zach Montgomery-1st (400); Jared Biedrycki-2nd (800), 3rd (mile); Monroe Morse- 3rd (2 mile); Tommy Pauley-3rd (400).