Wathen and Messer

Wyatt Messer and Brantley Wathen were awarded the Bill Self Community Service Award at the Bill Self Invitational. Each team competing at the invitational has a male and female senior that has the honor of receiving the award. Brantley and Wyatt have spent many hours volunteering to better Jennings County and both show great leadership and character in all they do.

The Jennings County High School Boy’s and Girl’s Track and Field Teams competed in the Bill Self Invitational at Franklin Community High School on Thursday. Both teams came in fifth, with the boy’s having a cumulative score of 65.5 and the girl’s scoring a 42.5.

With more teams at the invitational, only the top nine in each event made the final round of the events. In the boy’s 100 meter dash, freshman Branden Braun placed ninth. In the 800 meter run, Lane Elsner placed second, and senior Gavin Hendrix placed sixth for the Panthers. Hendrix also went on to place third in the 1600 meter run. In the 3200 meter run, Brenden Baker and Aiden Ernstes placed second and third for Jennings County, and Layne Sharp placed ninth in the 110 meter hurdles. Finishing up the track events for the boy’s were the relays, where Jennings County placed seventh in the 4 x 100, sixth in the 4 x 400, and fourth in the 4 x 800. In the field events, it was senior Zane Ortlieb leading the Panthers with a first place finish in the discus with a 135’ 9” throw and placing second in the shot put. Caleb Boccia placed seventh in the discus for the Panthers. Caleb Grills placed eighth in the pole vault for Jennings County, and in the long jump, Bryce Barnes took fourth and Braun placed seventh.

In the girl’s events, scoring began for the Lady Panthers in the 800 meter run, with sophomore Halle Franks placing seventh. Elizabeth Wahlman also placed seventh in the 1600 meter run, with Sarah Poole placing ninth in the same event. Poole placed fifth in the mile run, and sophomore Grace Gambrel placed seventh for the Lady Panther team. Senior Brantley Wathen found success in the 300 meter hurdles with an eighth place finish. In the relays, Jennings County placed sixth in the 4 x 100, seventh in the 4 x 400, and fourth in the 4 x 800. In the field events, it was senior MaKenna Maschino once again putting on a throwing clinic for the Lady Panthers, winning both the shot put and discus. This is the fourth meet this season where she has swept the throwing events. Rilee Hicks placed seventh in the high jump, and Delaynie Maschino placed seventh in the pole vault, rounding out the night for the Lady Panthers.

As the track team nears the end of their season, they find themselves at their third to last regular season meet this Thursday at Shelbyville for the Golden Bear Invite. The meet will begin at 5:30 p.m.