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GCHS track and field battle through bad weather

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By Ryan Naus

Neither rain, nor wind, nor miserable conditions could stop Grant County High School’s track and field team from performing at their best.

The Braves faced horrible weather when they competed at the Walton-Verona Tri-Meet on April 14 against the Bearcats and Owen County.

“We did well, considering the conditions,” coach Brian Soules said. “The cold isn’t as bad as the wind. When the wind kicks up, that’s where you start to mentally break down. It sucks the life out of you a little bit.”

During the meet, Melissa McLeod set a personal record in the 1600 meter run and Joe Soden participated for the first time all season in the high jump, triple jump and long jump.

Because there was no limit on the entries, every Grant County athlete had the opportunity to compete, which Soules believes gives them valuable experience for later in the season.

“It was a good opportunity to get race experience for our younger athletes,” Soules said. “They get to compete against other teams and see their work ethic and the talent level that they are competing against as they get older. It lets them know the mindset of how hard they need to work to start moving up in terms of the competition that they’re facing.”

On April 18, the Braves traveled to Campbell County for the Donnie Carnes Memorial Invitational. Soules was without several athletes because the meet was the day after GCHS’ prom.

Natalie Norman took first place in the 400-meter dash and the 800-meter dash, while Michael Schultz and Devin Smith competed in the 1600-meter run. Smith also took part in the 400-meter dash and Schultz ran in the 800-meter dash.

The Braves have a middle school invitational at Walton-Verona on April 22, while the varsity hosts the Grant County Invitational on April 23.