At Benton, the girls finished sixth in the 12-team meet and followed that with a third-place finish at West Frankfort.
The highlight of the Benton meet might have been the duel between Mt. Carmel’s Tyra Buss and Massac’s Leilani Hill in the 800M run. Just to refresh your memory, Buss finished her high school basketball career as the most prolific scorer in the state. But Buss is more than just a hoops player, she’s a genuine athlete.
Hill led Buss up to the last few yards before Buss caught and passed her at the last second. Both girls shattered the existing 800M record for the Benton meet with Hill shaving almost nine seconds off her personal best.
Emily Hoard continued to dominate the triple jump as she seems unbeaten in that event this spring.
Alexxus Thompson had another good day with the shot put, finishing fourth.
At West Frankfort, the highlight of the day was the girls’ win in the 4x400 relay.
Laken Hoyer ran the last leg with a great finishing kick to pass a West Frankfort runner at the wire. The win marked the first relay win for the girls in two years. The relay team consisted of Hoyer, Hill, Hoard and Taylor Stoner.
For the day, Hill had four first-place finishes, and Hoard had three. Thompson finished second in the shot put and Massac’s 400M relay team of Thompson, Stoner, Summer Smallman and Chelsea Duncan nabbed a second place finish as did the 800M team of Hanna Bowman, Smallman, Stoner and Hoyer.
Massac County’s Lady Patriot soccer team knocked off a worthy opponent last week at home with a 2-0 whitewash of Thomas W. Kelly High from Benton, Mo.
The road trip from Scott County didn’t end well for the Hawks as Massac’s Grace Wolfe connected for the Lady Patriots first half goal at the 14:57 mark, and Payton Hillebrand set up Abby Hosman at the 28:43 mark for Massac’s second half goal in the 2-0 win.
Massac’s defense was on its game as the shutout would attest.
Along with a host of other Monday activities, the trip to Centralia for a tournament was scrubbed as the area experienced some horrific weather.