Varsity Girls Track

Varsity Girls Track
Coaches:  John Malone (Head Coach); Chad Salinas, Cara Heron, Aaron Alexander, Taylor Killings, Bill Blackburn, James Jakus (Asst. Coaches)

Manager:  Jalynn Warden
Seniors Juniors Sophomores Freshmen
Shelbi Corlett
Liesl Elkin
Priscila Franco
Adria Hartley
Brianne Jones

Treasure Ebikwo
Madesynn Freeman
Sophia Kidd
Ashlee Lancaster
Shanelle Majors
MacKenzie Martin
Josilynn McNeil
Jada Moore
Kiersten Moss
Savannah Packard
Haley Salinas
Camary Sauve
Indya Swain
Danielle Wikert

Macy Bowers
Ava Briggs
Jaylee Copeland
Selena Corrales
Correll Heath
Marina Magdelena Soler
Kaitlyn McGraw
Victoria Stewart

Nasya Barbour
Brianna Bautista
Jillian Braswell
Omarea Daniels
Molly Dowden
Kylie Lewis
Julynne Spidell
Revecca Stillwell

Date Opponent Time Score
Mar. 1 HSR @ IWU 5:30 pm
Mar. 9 HSR @ IWU 10:00 am
Mar. 16 HSR @ U Indy

Mar. 23 HSR Finals @ IU 2:00 pm
Apr. 9 Western/Tipton (T) 5:00 pm Kokomo 71, Western 53, Tipton 35
The Lady Kats were led by quadruple winner Priscila Franco, who won the 100 in 13.59, the 200 in 28.77, the 400 in 1:08.3, and was on the winning 4x100 relay team which consisted of Nasya Barbour, Victoria Stewart, and Aaliyah Jackson.

In the distance events freshman Julynne Spidell captured the 1600 in 5:44 and also won the 3200 in 13:04. In addition, Julynne was on the second place 4x800 relay team with Molly Dowden, Marina Magdalena, and Briana Bautista.

In the field events the Lady Kats came up big in the shot put, won by Mackenzie Martin with a toss of 30’ and followed by teammate Brianne Jones, who placed second with a toss of 29’ 10”.

In the discuss the Kats swept all four places paced by Jones in first, Martin second, Jada Moore third, and Danielle Wikert in fourth.

In the high jump the Kats finished first and second with Adria Hartley jumping 4’ 9” and Indya Swain jumping 4’ 8”.

Liesl Elkin helped her team by finishing second in the pole vault and second in the 200.

It was good for us to finally run a meet outdoors especially coming off of Spring Break. We still have a lot to work on but I’m pretty happy with the effort.

The Lady Kats are back in action Saturday at the Marion Relays.
- Coach Malone
Apr. 13 Marion Relays (T) 11:00 am The team scores at the Marion Relays were 173 Homestead, 101 Ft. Wayne Snider. 76 Huntington North, 50.5 South Bend Adams, 46 E lkhart Central, 36.5 Kokomo, 31 Marion, 27 Yorktown, and 11 Richmond

The Lady Kats finished sixth in the nine-team Marion Relays Saturday afternoon. The Lady Kats collective efforts included:

In the field events:
• Liesl Elkin led the way with fourth place in the pole vault at 8’ 0”
• Indya Swain was fifth in the high jump at 4’ 8”
• Mackenzie Martin took eighth in the shot put with a throw of 32’ 0”
• Aaliyah Jackson was eighth in the long jump with a distance of 15’ ¾ “

On the track:
• Julynne Spidell and Priscila Franco led the way
• Spidell was in sixth place in 1600 with a 5:50, sixth in the distance medley relay,
sixth in the 4x800 relay, and was eighth in the 3200 with a 12:56 clocking.
• Franco placed fourth in the 100 at 13.4 and also took fourth in the 4x100 relay
• 4x100 Relay: Elkin/ Franco/Victoria Stewart/ Swain was fourth at :52.52
• Distance Medley Relay: Jillian Braswell/Marina Magdalena/Josilynn McNeil/
Spidell placed sixth at 14:33
• 4x800 Relay: McNeil/Molly Dowden/Briana Bautista/ Magdalena was sixth in 11:47
• Sprint Medley: Stewart/ Swain/ Elkin/ Franco was sixth at 1:59
• Correll Heath took seventh in the 100 high hurdles in a time of 19.33

Spidell had a very good day along with Franco, Swain, Elkin, Martin, and Jackson.
Coach Malone
Apr. 17 Logansport (T) 6:00 pm (L) 76-59
The Lady Kats were led by triple winner Julynne Spidell. Julynne was victorious in the 800, 1600, and 3200 meter runs.

Priscila Franco was also a triple winner by winning the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay(along with Victoria Stewart, Nasya Barbour, and Indya Swain).

Swain had a good night setting personal records in the high jump (second place) and 100 meter dash (also second).

The only other winner for the Lady Kats was Aaliyah Jackson in the long jump.

Other second place finishers were Danielle Wikert (discus), Mackenzie Martin (shot put), and Haley Salinas (100 hurdles).

Third-place finishers included Stewart (100), Jillian Braswell (1600 and 3200), Josilynn McNeil (400), and Marina Magdalena (800).
​Coach Malone
Apr. 20 Penn Invite (T) 9:45 am
Apr. 24 Lafayette Jeff (T) 5:30 pm (L) 70-61
The Lady Kats turned in some good performances led by quadruple winner Julynne Spidell. Julynne won the 1600 in a time of 5:37.24, the 3200 in 12:51, and the 800 in 2:39. She also anchored the 4x800 relay team to first place with a time of 11:03.
Other members of the 4x800 relay team were Josilynn McNeil, Jillian Braswell, and Marina Magdalena.

Other first place finishers for the Kats:
Adria Hartley-high jump 5’ 0”
Liesl Elkin-Pole Vault 7’ 6”

2nd place finishers:
Jillian Braswell- 1600/3200
Josilynn McNeil-400
Correll Heath- 100 HH
Indya Swain-High jump
Haley Salinas- 300 IM hurdles
Mackenzie Martin-Shot put
Brianne Jones- discus
Priscila Franco-200

3rd place finishers:
Haley Salinas- 100 HH

Spidell had an outstanding meet. She keeps getting better and better. Hard work pays off, and Julynne sets a great example for our entire team.

Braswell is also showing a lot of improvement in the distance races.

Hartley is coming into her own in the long jump.
​Coach Malone
Apr. 27 Kokomo Relays (H) 11:30 am Click for complete results.
The scoring from Saturday’s Kokomo Relays was: Noblesville 159, Northwestern 110, Mount Vernon 82, Kokomo 63, Warsaw 41, Lighthouse College Prep 34, Tri-Central 18, and Shortridge 6.

The Lady Kats finished fourth in the 95th Kokomo Relays. The ladies were led by our throwers and distance crew.

In the shot put Mackenzie Martin had a toss of 32 feet, finishing third, and Briane Jones threw the shot 31 feet, finishing fourth. In the discus Jones finished fourth.

Julynne Spidell turned in the best performance of the afternoon. Julynne ran the 3200 in a time of 12:08 finishing third. Julynne also anchored the Medley relay team to a third place finish with a time of 10:00 flat. The other members of the Medley relay were Victoria Stewart, Josilynn McNeil, and Jillian Braswell. Julynne cut 45 seconds off her two-mile time.
Julynne is an incredible worker and it’s paying off.

Other third place finishers were Adria Hartley in the high jump at 4’ 10” and the 400-meter relay team of Liesl Elkin, Priscila Franco, Victoria Stewart, and Indya Swain with a 52.89 clocking.

Our fourth place finishers were Elkin, Ashlee Lancaster, Correll Heath, and Haley Salinas in the shuttle hurdles race.

Fifth place included the Mid-Distance Relay (8:27.34) foursome of Jaylee Copeland, Molly Dowden, Ava Brigg, and Briana Bautista, and the sprint medley relay of Elkin, Franco, Heath, and Treasure Ebikwo.

I was very happy with the way we competed. As a team we are better than we were last year and that was our goal from the beginning.
​Coach Malone
May 3 North Central Conference @ L Jeff 5:30 pm Friday night the Lady Kats finished in fifth place in the NCC Meet at Lafayette Jeff with 46 ½ points.

Several Lady Kats exceeded their seeding and set personal records. Freshman Julynne Spidell led the charge with second place finishes in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs. Julynne is running stronger and stronger as the season progresses. She also
anchored the 4x800 relay team to fourth place in a time of 11:02. Other members of the 4x800 relay team were Josilynn McNeil, Jillian Braswell, and Marina Magdalena.

The Lady Kat 4x100 relay team also took fourth place. The 4x100 is really beginning to click as we perfect our handoffs. Members of the 4x100 relay team were Liesl Elkin, Priscila Franco, Victoria Stewart, and Indya Swain. We were able to lower our time to :52.21 as we tweaked the exchange zones a bit.

Other top performers for Lady Kats:
Adria Hartley: High Jump 4’ 8”/4th
Liesl Elkin: Pole Vault/6th
Priscila Franco: 200/6th
Indya Swain: High Jump/ 6th
Correll Heath: 100 hurdles/7th
Mackenzie Martin: Shot Put/7th

All of our coaches are extremely proud of our athletes and the way they competed.
- Coach Malone
May 9 McCutcheon (H) 5:00 pm (L) 65-63
Julynne Spidell, Priscila Franco, and Indya Swain led the Lady Kats. Julynne was a triple winner, and Priscila and Indya were double winners.

Julynne placed first in the 1600 and the 3200 and was on the winning 4x800 relay team of Josilynn McNeil, Marina Magdalena, and Molly Dowden.

Priscila Franco was victorious in the 200 and 4x100 relay. Other members of the 4x100 relay were Liesl Elkin, Victoria Stewart, and Indya Swain.

Other first place finishers for Kokomo were:
Correll Heath in the 300 hurdles
Swain in the high jump

Last night, we said goodbye to four seniors - Brianne Jones, Liesl Elkin, Priscila Franco, and Adria Hartley. Our seniors will be sorely missed.
- Coach Malone
May 14 IHSAA Sectional @ Eastern 6:00 pm The Lady Kats finished in third place with 73 points, three points out of second place in the IHSAA Eastern Sectional. Western was second with 76, and Northwestern won with 133.

Leading the charge for the Lady Kats was Julynne Spidell. Julynne won the 1600 in a time of 5:34.18 and won the 3200 in a time of 12:01.99. Julynne is a very special runner. To accomplish two sectional championships as a freshman is a tremendous feat. We look forward to the regionals where Julynne will make a run at the 3200 school record.

Also exceling for the Lady Kats was Priscila Franco. Priscila qualified for the regionals in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Priscila recorded a :13.26 in the 100, good for third place. Priscila finished first in the 200 with a time of :27.28. Priscila also was a member of the regional qualifying 4x100 relay team which finished second in a time of :51.80. Other members of the relay team were Liesl Elkin, Indya Swain, and
Victoria Stewart. Elkin exceeded her seeding and qualified for the regionals in the 200 meter dash. Liesl finished third in a time of :27.98.

Just missing the cut were Swain in the 100 meter dash (13.28) and Adria Hartley in the high jump (4’ 10”).

We are very proud of our ladies. We improved upon our fourth place finish from last year and we qualified more girls into the regional round. We would have liked to have gotten second, but the ladies gave all they had and that’s good enough for me.
Regional Qualifiers
Julynne Spidell: 1600/3200
Priscila Franco: 100/200/4x100 relay
Liesl Elkin: 200
4x100 Relay team: Liesl Elkin/Priscila Franco/Victoria Stewart/Indya Swain
Coach Malone
May 21 IHSAA Regional @ Warsaw 6:00 pm The Lady Wildkats participated in the Warsaw Regional last night and witnessed a spectacular performance by Julynne Spidell.

Julynne shattered the school record in the 3200 by nearly ten seconds. Julynne finished fourth in a time of 11:43.65, topping a mark x`set in 2003 by Steffi Schmetzke at 11:53.2.

Coach Chad Salinas does a great job with our
distance runners. Coach Salinas was saying all week that Julynne would make a run at the 3200 record. In fact, Julynne surpassed her personnel best by 18 seconds. To be a freshman and break a 16-year-old record reflects the hard work Julynne has invested
and the training that Coach Salinas provides. Julynne just missed qualifying for the state meet as they take the top three.

Also participating in the regional was Priscila Franco in the 100 and 200, Liesl Elkin in the 200, and Franco, Elkin, Victoria Stewart, and Indya Swain in the 400 relay. Franco finished 12th in the 100 and 10th in the 200. Liesl was 16th in the 200 and our 400 relay team finished 12th.

Our sprinters were disappointed in their times but gained a lot of experience. When the competition steps up, you have to step up with it. Our disappointment was not due to the lack of effort. Our ladies have nothing to be ashamed of. Our team and staff are very proud of them.
- Coach Malone

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