Truman track and field coach Marcus Summers was encouraged by his young team’s performance at the Suburban Big Six Championships it hosted on Tuesday.
The girls squad tied for fourth place with 43 points, while the boys team was sixth with 43, but he saw positive signs for the future.
“Overall, hosting conference was a tremendous experience for our kids and our school at Truman. There was a feeling of pride among the staff and kids at the school after we hosted such a nice meet for the conference,” Summers said. “I am proud of our young kids in the program. We have a lot of first-year kids out for track and field, and the majority of the team is freshmen and sophomores. A lot of those kids had personal records at the meet and represented our school well. I hope we can build on this experience.”
Freshman Destini Hall led the way for the Truman girls, taking third in the 100 meters (12.85 seconds) and helped the 800 relay team claim third. Valynncia Giles finished second in shot put with a season-best 38 feet, 9 inches, and fourth in the discus with a personal best throw of 104-4. Danielle Tyler took third in the pole vault at 9 feet. Jewel Hart was fourth in the 300-meter low hurdles (50.15).
Zion Piper led the Truman boys by taking second in the high jump (6 feet, 2 inches) and third in the 400 (50.96) and helping the 800 relay squad take second (1:31.01). Zac Graham was third in the pole vault (11-6) and helped the 800 relay to its runner-up finish.
Nik Tanner took fourth in both the 100 (11.18) and 200 (23.32) and ran on the 800 relay, and Malik Robinson was fourth in the triple jump (41-10.25).
Liberty swept the team titles with the boys totaling 137 points and the girls 175.