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Lady Knights race to 3rd at Marion Invite

By Anthony Jones

TROY — A trip to Marion’s Joe Elliot Early Indoor Meet served as the first official action of Triad’s girls track and field season.

The Lady Knights opened with an impressive showing, taking third-place out of 20 teams. Triad tallied their 65 point total without an event champion, making them the only top eight squad without one.

While the Lady Knights did not score any first-place finishes, they did tally two runner-up performances.

Junior Makenna Witham earned one of the team’s second-place finishes with a mark of 10.57 meters in the triple jump. Witham later finished third in the high jump via a height of 1.52 meters.

Kennedy Bowman, also a junior, supplied the other silver medal from the 1600 meter run. Her eight lap race clocked in at 5:42.42.

Senior Riley Cissell laid claim to four scoring finishes in the first meet of the year, including a third-place pole vault clearance of 2.59 meters. Cissell also dashed into sixth-place in the 60 meter dash with a final time of 8.19 after hitting 8.17 in prelims.

For her third scoring finish, the fourth-year talent ran alongside Addie Fields, Ava Gallia and Sophie Schardan in the 4×200. The quarter clocked in at 1:52.60 for a third-place finish.

The duo of Cissell and Scharadan later teamed with Leah Kitzmiller and Mikalya Niahuas for a 4:29.61 showing good for third in the 4×400.

Schardan, a sophomore, lobbed on another third-place finish by way of a 8.02 second 60 meter dash.

With a time of 1:06.86 in the 400 meter, Triad’s Niehaus claimed fourth-place. Her multi-event day also featured a high jump leap of 1.42 meters for seventh-place.

For the 4×800, the unit of Alivia Phillips, Abigail James, Amanda Bagwell and Bowman  found the end line in 11:21.71. This measure placed them fourth overall.

Second-year Lady Knight Morgan Mason added another strong distance showing by taking fifth in the 3200 meter run. Mason finished with 12:39.77 showing on the clock.


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