Paced by relays, distance and field events, SS girls take second place at Mount Vernon relays

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

March 20, 2008 - MOUNT VERNON - Buoyed by strong performances in the field events, relays and distance events, the SSHS Lady Cats finished with a season-high 90 points Friday at the Mount Vernon Tiger Relays.

The Lady Cats finished in second place in the team standings despite almost all of their scoring coming from freshmen, sophomores and juniors.

The SSHS varsity and JV boys both won their divisions, but individual results were not yet available.

The girls got first-place finishes from Delandria Pryor in the shot put, Mackenzie Cross in the high jump, and second-place finishes from the 4x100 relay, the 4x200 relay and freshman Megan Massey in the metric mile.

Coach Matt Young said the Lady Cats continue to improve as they have about two more weeks before the District 11-4A meet. The Lady Cats will run on Saturday at the Arlington Grace Prep meet.

"The team made great strides in their times and performances," he said. "They hope to continue making strides in preparation for district."

Pryor threw 35 feet, 10 inches to win the shot put, and Cross jumped 4-10 to take first in the high jump. Pryor also placed fourth in the 100 in 13.2 seconds.

The two silver medal relay teams each ran their fastest times of the season. The same four girls made up the relays - senior Stephanie Conley, junior Pryor, sophomore Ashanti Ivery and freshman Bradyn Burney. They clocked a time of 1 minutes, 52.38 seconds in the 4x200, and 51.64 seconds in the 4x100.

Burney finished fourth in the 200 meters in a time of 28.14, and her older sister, junior Alyssa Burney, was sixth in the 400 meters in 70.0. Alyssa teamed with Ivery, Conley and Frankie Hawkins to finished fifth in the 4x400 relay in a time of 4:39.44.

Massey ran her fastest 1,600-meter time of the year, finishing second in a time of 6:07.15. The Lady Cats also had success in the 3,200 as three freshmen placed: Julie Hromcik was third in 14:52, Samantha Owens fourth in 15:12, and Sabrina Hutchings sixth in 16:05.

In other field events, sophomore Kayla Phillips took fourth in the high jump (4-6), Cross was fifth in the triple jump (31-10) and Hawkins was sixth in the triple jump (31-6).

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