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Scott, Golden Bears performing well early in season

Shelbyville's Collin Scott (black jersey) lines upfor a race against Southwestern and Columbus East on Tuesday. Scott finished the meet with two individual wins.

By KRIS MILLS - kmills@shelbynews.com

Track and field meets early in the season mean practically nothing. Most coaches will say that -- or something similar. They are used for training and to build up to the postseason.

However, on Tuesday at Shelbyville, there was something different in senior Collin Scott. There was an extra jolt of life in his legs on a cold night. Although it is April, Scott looked strong and motivated. He was treating the meet like a sectional.

Admitting his times could be faster, Scott won the both the 800- and 1,600-meter runs in a three-way meet against Columbus East and Southwestern. He finished the 800 in 2:08 and the 1,600 in 4:50. Scott was also on the winning 3,200 relay team.

His effort helped the Golden Bears boys’ track and field team earn a second-place finish (73 points) behind Columbus East (80). The Spartans finished with 14 points for third.

On the girls’ side, Shelbyville won the meet with 95 points. Columbus East finished with 67 and Southwestern totaled five.

“We have all been working really hard,” Scott said after the meet. “Everyone is giving it their all. I am for sure stronger (at this point) than I was last year. I have been doing distance all my life through cross country and just started track last year. I would like to get 2:00 flat in the 800 and 4:35 or lower in the 1,600.

“We had guys picking up wins tonight and guys placing who normally may not place. I think it is just a lot of hard work paying off."

Shelbyville won all three relays on both the boys’ and girls’ sides of the meet Tuesday.

Tim Clark and Alexis De Jesus were both on the winning 400 and 1,600 relay teams. Clark won the 400 and De Jesus was third in the 100. 

Jae Eull was strong for the Golden Bears, as well, finishing first in the pole vault (14-0) and second in the high jump (6-0).

Izzy Martin was third in the 1,600 (6:44) and was on the winning 3,200 relay team for the girls' team. Anna Lux won the pole vault (9-6) and was second in the 100 hurdles. Freshman Megan Eads took first in the 100, while teammate ZaLeeya Martin was second. Martin, Lux, Eads and Makayla Terrell formed the winning 400 relay team.

For Southwestern, Zachary Swanson was fourth in the 100, while Jacob Swanson was second in the 200.

Elisha McDonald was third in discus, while Blake McClure was fourth in shot put. Broc Kissell was fourth in the 300 hurdles and Keegenn Weaver was fourth in the 110’s. Jesse Mathena was third in long jump and Daniel Phillips was fourth in the 800.

Spartans senior Sarah Meredith, an athletic veteran who is currently battling an injury (hip), like others on the team, believes the team will come together by the end of the season. Her hip has been in and out of alignment since the end of her sophomore year. Also a volleyball player and cheerleader, it did not bother the senior until track season started.

When Meredith and the rest of the beat-up Spartans (Madison Van Gorden, Shelby Sipes) are back to full speed, however, Southwestern should be just fine.

“I think I landed wrong in the long jump pit when I was a sophomore,” Meredith said, who will be one of the team’s top sprinters when available. “A lot of us are injured, but once the county, conference and sectional comes around, if we are all healthy, we have a good shot.”

Kris Mills is the Sports editor of the Shelbyville News. Follow Kris on Twitter @KrisMills37.