Bryant girls capture team title with a dramatic finish

The Bryant track fans that stayed until the final event at the Bryant Hornet Relays Thursday night got treated to one fantastic finish as both the boys and girls teams won their respective meet championships with dramatic come-from-behind finishes.

Going into the final event, the 4×400 meter relay, the Lady Hornets trailed the Cabot Lady Panthers in the team standings by a single point, 100 to 101. That meant, the relay would include a race within a race. Everybody would be competing to win the event but Bryant’s quartet and Cabot’s foursome would be battling each other to finish ahead of the other and thus claim the meet’s team championship.

The Bryant relay team consisting of Bailey Seelinger, Morgan Seelinger, Jordan Chadwick, and Stacy Emmerling overcame a huge early lead by Cabot and finished second place with a time of 4:18.9 earning the Lady Hornets 8 points. Cabot finished just behind Bryant taking third place and earning 6 points so the Lady Hornets moved ahead in the team total to take the title by 1 point.[more]

Photo by Kevin Nagle

Bryant won with 108 points with Cabot taking runner-up with 107 points. There were 18 total teams in the meet.

“Our relay knew that all they had to do was beat Cabot and we could win the meet,” acknowledged Lady Hornets coach Danny Westbrook. “There was a lot of pressure on those four young ladies and I’m proud to say they came through in a huge way.

“They did a great job, but in a close meet like this, it takes a total team effort,” he added. “Every point was so crucial to the victory. I am so proud of this team and how they fought for every possible place in every event. This was truly a team victory tonight.”

Morgan Seelinger was Bryant’s leading scorer with 31 points. She won the 300 meter hurdles in a time of 48.9 and was second in the 100 meter hurdles in 16.4. She was also third in the triple jump (33’3”) and fourth in the long jump (15’7”) as well as being a member of the 4×400 meter relay team.

Jordan Chadwick added 20 points. She won the 100 meter hurdles in a time of 16.05 and was second in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:00.5 while contributing to 4×400 meter relay team.

Bryant’s other first place finish came from the 4×800 meter relay team of Kayla Davidson, Stacie Waite, Skylar Oswalt, and Stacy Emmerling. Their winning time was 10:20.

Davidson added 10 points with her performances in the shot and disc. She threw the shot 32’8” to finish fourth and also finished fourth in the discus with a throw of 94’8”.

Other Lady Hornet scorers:

High Jump – Lauren Magneson – 2nd – 4’8”

Pole Vault – Karlee Porter – 5th – 8’0”, Sara Holt – 8th – 7’0”

800 meter run – Kayla Randolph – 5th – 2:41.1, Stacy Emmerling -6th – 2:41.4

1600 meter run – Stacy Emmerling – 5th – 5:41, Lauren Rogers – 8th – 6:06

3200 meter run – Skylar Oswalt – 4th – 12:18, Kaitlyn Nickels – 7th – 13:22

300 meter hurdles – Morgan Humbard – 7th – 55.2, Jahaira Juarez – 8th – 55.8

4×100 meter relay – Brandii Robinson, Bailey Seelinger, Morgan Humbard, Jahaira Juarez – 8th – 55.8

The Lady Hornets will return to competition on Tuesday, March 30, at the Panther Relays in Cabot.

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