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Coed Varsity Track, Girls Varsity Track · Austin, VanMiddlesworth Shine as Girls Finish 4th in Track Sectional


The Richmond girls track team finished fourth in the Connersville track sectional last night.

Riley Austin walked away as the individual sectional champion in the long jump with a jump of 16′ 0.5″ and the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.53 seconds.

Nakala Bennett also walked away a sectional champion in the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.73 seconds. Bennett wasn’t done scoring for the night, as she came back and finished eighth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 30.52 seconds.

The girls 4×100 meter relay team of Austin, Payton VanMiddlesworth, Lindsey Griffin, and Riley Wetzel were also sectional champions with a time of 51.94 seconds.

Austin and Griffin also finished with an unbreakable tie in third-place with their final high jumps of 4’10”.

VanMiddlesworth continued her hot streak, finishing in third place in the 400 meter dash (1:05.06) and third place in the 3200 meter run (13:05.65). Wetzel returned to score in the 800 meter run with a sixth-place 2:37.77.

The 4×800 meter relay team of Jennifer Lopez, Olivia Swonder, Brendy Mendoza-Gaytan, and Wetzel finished the night with a fifth-place 12:23.08. In pole vault, Suniah Parsons cleared 6’6″ to nab a third-place finish.

Not to be outdone in the final event of the night, the girls 4×400 meter relay put up a scoring seventh-place finish. The team consisted of Wetzel, Valaree Kaiser, Lauren Foote, and VanMiddlesworth.

The girls return to action in the Shelbyville Regional next Tuesday 5/22 at 6:00 PM.