HCHS track teams place 2nd at Carroll Early Bird Meet

 CARROLL (March 25) -- The Harlan Community track and field teams opened the season on a chilly and damp night at Carroll Thursday, combining for 12 gold medals and both placing second at the Carroll Early Bird Track Meet.
 Glenwood swept the team titles in a competitive battle with HCHS. The Ram girls scored 159 points, followed by the Cyclones with 138 and Carroll with 101. The Ram boys finished with 162 points, followed by HCHS (153) and Carroll (66).
 The Cyclone boys had three individuals win double gold on the night as Will McLaughlin swept the shot put and discus, Trey Gross won the 3,200 and 1,600 and Aidan Hall won the 100 and 400 sprints. Hall, who clocked a 100-meter dash time of 11.28, also placed second in the 200. Gross added a second-place finish in his first-ever 400 dash.
 HCHS also placed first in the 4x100 relay and took second in the sprint medley, 4x200 and 4x400. Jameson Bieker placed second in the discus.
 The Cyclone girls took home five gold medals, including wins in the 4x800, shuttle hurdle and 4x400 relays. Brecken Van Baale won her first 400 dash title and Justine Buman won a close race in the 100 hurdles. Van Baale, Kaia Bieker and Liv Freund each ran a leg of the winning 4x800 and 4x400.
 Freund nearly pulled out an individual title as well but finished less than two-tenths of a second behind Glenwood’s Emma Hughes in the open 800. Ellie Gross placed second to Hughes in the 3,000 and Jenna Gessert was second in the 1,500.
 Third-place finishes for the Cyclone girls included Lauren McLaughlin in both the high jump and open 400, Lauren Andersen (discus), Taylor Bieker (1,500) as well as the 4x200 and sprint medley relays.

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