The seasons for the Jennings County High School boy’s and girl’s track and field have nearly finished, with only the conference tournament being left for the boy’s team before both squads go to sectionals. For many seniors, this will mean the very end of a long career in the sport, while some will continue the sport in college. For one man, however, it will mark the end of a long and storied career at the helm of the Jennings County Track and Field team. Bill Ludwig is set to retire after this season. More to come on his legendary career in a future edition of the Plain Dealer and Sun.

Last Thursday, JCHS hosted the Big Blue Relays. Jennings County welcomed Bedford North Lawrence, Brownstown Central, Austin, and Madison to the track. When all came to a close, Jennings County placed first in the boy’s meet with 139 points and the girls placed second, scoring 122 points. Scoring in the girl’s events started with Rachel Manning, placing third in the 100 meter dash. Grace Gambrel and Sarah Poole placed fourth and fifth in the 3200 meter run. Brantley Wathen took second in the 100 meter hurdles, and Grace Kirchner took fifth in the same event. In the high jump, Rilee Hicks placed first and Kristen Ponder placed fourth, and in the pole vault, Delaynie Maschino, Taylor Leak, and Rachel Manning placed second, fifth, and seventh. Lidia Roth, Ponder, and Hicks placed second, fourth and fifth in the long jump. For the throwing events, Makenna Maschino tied for first, Kali Thompson placed seventh, and Haleigh Askew placed 12th in the shot put. Maschino placed second in the discus throw, with Thompson placing 11th, and Cheyeanna Leslie placed 13th. The girls placed second in the 4 x 200 relay, 4 x 400 relay, and 4 x 800 relay.

This meet also included some special relays the incorporated other members of each track team. The first of which was the 4 x 100 meter relay using the throwers. To make the event even more unique, the teams used a discus as their baton. The Jennings County team of Danna Rosas, Leslie, Thompson, and Maschino took first place by one second over Madison. The girls placed third in the 440 meter sprint medley, and second in the distance medley. The last odd relay was the 4 x 100 meter shuttle hurdle, where each team member would run down and back, all while doing hurdles. The Jennings County team placed second in the event. On the boys side of these events, Jennings County placed second in the throwers 4 x 100, fourth in the 440 sprint medley, third in the 4 x 110 meter shuttle hurdle, and the team of Aidan Ernstes, Logan McIntosh, Carson Couch, Peyton Ford won the boys distance medley.

Other Panthers scoring on the boy’s side were Branden Braun and Logan Stickland placing fourth and sixth in the 100 meter dash, Elijah Wahlman and Brenden Baker taking the top two podium spots in the 3200 meter run and Willard Barnes taking second in the 110 meter hurdles. In the field events, Logan McIntosh placed fifth, Skyler Lewis sixth, and Dylan Harrison seventh in the high jump, Evan Sochacki and Caleb Grills placed third and fifth in the pole vault, and Branden Braun and Bryce Barnes placed first and second in the long jump. In the throwing events, Zane Ortlieb placed second, Jacoby Sturgeon fourth and Caleb Boccia fifth in shot put. Ortlieb won the discus event, with Boccia and Bryson Webster taking fifth and tenth in the event.

The Jennings County boys team will be in action today, Thursday, May 13 as they host the boy’s Hoosier Hills Conference tournament. The events begin at 5:30 p.m.