Surprises Help Glasgow Shine
BY J. LEVI BURNFIN, COURIER SPORTS
Published: Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
The Glasgow track and field team made their first appearance of the spring at the Wolf Point Invitational on Saturday, March 31. And even though many of the athletes did not compete in all of the events due to Prom being the same night, the day was still a success.
The biggest success was undoubtedly the surprise debut of senior Kori Meiers. This is Meiers first year with Glasgow track and field but the lack of experience did not hold him back as he won both the javelin and shot put events.
In fact, he now owns one of the top five javelin throws in Glasgow High School history with a distance of 175 feet, 7 inches. He also threw an impressive 43’,9” in the shot put.
“Kori Meiers threw exceptionally well for the first time out,” said Head Coach John LaBonty.
That’s actually an understatement based on Meiers’ javelin distance.
There were also the expected results such as Jami Johnson winning the 3,200 meter run and Chaz Gordon throwing 173’, 4” in the javelin, only a lil more than two feet short of Meiers’ mark, good enough for second behind Meiers.
Devyn Bell’s first-place finish in the discus with a distance of 97’, 10” or Melissa Unger’s first place throw of 109’, 2” in javelin were pretty much expected, too.
But many of the Scottie athletes are ahead of where they were last year at this time, which is what LaBonty was most excited about.
The extra couple of weeks of training that they were able to have this year because of the warm weather has obviously paid off thus far.
The best is still yet to come, though, as the Wolf Point meet was more of a warm up with a depleted squad because of Prom. The real test will come on Thursday, April 5 at the Glasgow Invitational where all athletes are expected to compete in all of their individual events.
That includes Jami Johnson who did not run in the 1,600 at Wolf Point.
The Glasgow Invitational is also expecting a few more schools to attend the event which could pit the Scotties against some of the best in the state. It will serve as a good measuring stick for a relatively unchallenged team so far this season.
The key points to focus on at the Glasgow meet will be to see how Meiers backs up his impressive debut and if the expected stars are able to fend off the talent that some of the schools attending the meet will bring.
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