Though it was a tough showing for Perry track at the Carroll Co-Ed meet on Monday, April 8, it was never easier to spot the stars. The Bluejays finished sixth among eight schools while the Jayettes took eighth. Within those groups, though, were a handful of standouts.
Jaylene Karolus has been setting tracks on fire this season and once again, left with two first-place finishes in the 3,000 meter run (11:41.15) and 800 (2:38.58). The former was a few clicks behind her personal record set last week, while her time in the latter was just a second ahead of second-place. She also participated in the 4x400 relay but the Jayettes were ultimately unable to score points in the event.
Regardless, Karolus’ 20 points were the only points the Jayettes scored on the night, continuing to show her dominance as she eyes a place at state. In all, Karolus’ contributions alone were not enough to climb the team ranks as the Jayettes were 15 points behind seventh-place Woodward-Granger as host Carroll took the top prize with 139.5 points.
The boys group sang a similar tune with the Bluejays most tested competitors coming out near the top of a handful of events.
Kaleb Olejniczak continues to build his resume, improving his 400 meter run time. Last week, he ran to a first-place finish in the 400 in his first race of the season. Running in Carroll, he shed almost a second off (52.99) to take another blue ribbon and the Bluejays’ lone first-place prize.
Jordan Long quite appropriately placed in the long jump with an 18.75-foot jump, good for fifth place. Hayden McFarland held onto third-place, running the 3,200 meter run in 11:47.16 and was mere milliseconds away from placing in the 1,600 despite shedding seven seconds (5:13.73) from his time at Woodward-Granger.
The Bluejays’ 35 points tied for sixth with Maple Valley, while South Central Calhoun took the top prize with 140 points followed by IKM-Manning and Greene County in second and third.
Both squads will be back on home track when they host a co-ed invitational on Thursday, April 11.