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 Boys Finish Second in County Track Meet

May 7, 2008 - It’s been an exhausting season for the Knightstown Panther track and field team, but the Panthers nonetheless continue to exceed expectations.

Despite battling the entire season with just 15 athletes participating, the Panthers have won consistently and just completed a week in which they were second in the Henry County meet and fourth at the Hagerstown Booster Invitational.

“All of them are pretty much spent right now,” coach Bob Prescott said. “They’ve done a great job of battling and competing, but we’re starting to see some kids with shin splints and they’re a pretty tired bunch.”

Shenandoah won the county meet with 88 points. Knightstown finished second with 54, edging out Tri High’s 53 points. Blue River finished fourth with 33 points.

Anthony Hibbert, Travis VanOsdol and Sam Rech all turned in first place finishes, while Hibbert also had two seconds and a fourth. Hibbert won the 110-meter high hurdles at 16.5 seconds and took second in the 400-meter dash in 55.12. Hibbert also finished second in the 200-meter dash in 24.66 and had a fourth place finish in the long jump at 17-10 ½.

VanOsdol won the shot put (44-9 ¼) and was also third in the discus (94-9 ½). Sam Rech brought home Knightstown’s other first place ribbon with a 5-10 leap in the high jump. Rech had a second place effort in the 300-meter hurdles in 45.68.

Freshman Lane Fields finished second in the 100-meter dash (12.08), third in the long jump (18-3) and third in the 200-meter dash (25.02). Aaron Forshey scored points with a third place finish in the 300-meter hurdles (48.05), and a fifth spot in the high jump. Micah Matlock was fourth in the 3200-meter run and Anthony Forshey was fifth in the discus.


Knightstown finished fourth the Hagerstown Booster Invitational, won by Centerville with 136 points. Northeastern was second with 123.5, Cambridge City Lincoln third at 117.5, Knightstown had 67, Hagerstown 62, Tri High 50, Blue River 24 and Triton Central 0.

Hibbert had two second-place finishes for the Panthers, leaping 18-4 in the long jump and running a 24.79 in the 200-meter dash. He also finished fourth in the 400-meter dash (54.76).

VanOsdol was second in the shot put (46-8) and fifth in the discus (109-6). Fields was third in the 200 (25.02), while Rech turned in two third-place finishes in the 300-meter hurdles (45.67) and the high jump (5-8).

Fields finished sixth in the 100-meter dash and long jump (17 1 ½) and in the 100-meter dash (12.56). Matlock was eighth in the 3200-meter run with a time of 12:18.62.

Knightstown’s 400-meter relay team of Pete O'Donoughue, Aaron Forshey, Luke Brishaber and Anthony Forshey came in sixth place, while the Forsheys, Rech and Brishaber teamed up for a fifth place spot in the 1600-meter relay. Adam Rutledge, Dylan Altman, Nick Dalton and Colby Hartwig brought home a seventh place finish in the 3200-meter relay.

The boys travel to North Decatur Thursday and the sectional begins May 15 at Connersville.


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