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Goreville Jr. High teams take first at home, fourth at state

Posted May 16, 2012 by Joe Rehana in Sports

The following are this years Jr. High Track Team: (front row L to R) Gidget Wade, Raymond Lewis, Morgan Bishop, Jessica Schuetz, Tanner Dunn, Peyton Massey, Shae Forby, Katie Schuetz, Brittany Pruitt, Sydney Ross, Peyton Geyman, (2nd row) Blaine Dunning, River Skaggs, Ashlyn Darnell, Cassandra Jones, Skylar Messmer, Sarah McLain,Alec Gold, Justin Shadowens, Anthony Davidson, (3rd row) Coach Mark Patterson, Jacqueline McSpadden, Madison Sopczak, Cheyenne Cook, Alexis Massey, Daunte Bennett, Drew Morrison, Nick Nighswander, Nolen Vaughn, Coach Cindy Harner, (top row) Kash Johnson, Will Stevenson, Alex Carrillo, Kristen Madden, Ceara King, Madison Arnold, Taylor Reichert, Alyssa Geyman, Kyle Kinder, Rick McCarver, and AJ Scola. (Not Pictured; Braden Webb).

For its first time in Goreville junior high history the boys and girls track teams sent a record 16 athletes to state with the boys bringing home fourth overall and members of both teams scoring individual awards.

The boys junior high track team went undefeated this season with a perfect 10-0 record claiming both conference championship and regional championship titles and sending 11 members in ten different events to state.

“They have never placed in the top four before, so this is a first,” said coach Mark Patterson of the boys award Monday night. The teams traveled to Salem Saturday to compete at state where Patterson said they had a very strong showing and although a few minor injuries hampered some performances, he was pleased with the results. Goreville scored 42 points to edge out Sesser Valier by two points for fourth and fell six points behind South Central and Rome who both tied for second with 48 points; Nashville won with a commanding lead of 67 points.

The girls team sent five members to state to compete in three different events after a season that earned them second at the conference meet and second at the regional meet.

Both teams came together last week to place first overall at the Eighth Annual Goreville Junior High Invitational track meet held at Goreville Village Park. The meet brought together seven area Johnson County schools, which included Goreville, Vienna, Dongola, New Simpson Hill, Buncombe, Cypress and Lick Creek.