TRACK & FIELD: OC working on depth to fill void left by successful 2014 team

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By Elliott Pratt

 Oldham County already has the rust off its offseason belt with the Harry Gerschel Invitational at Christian Academy of Louisville being its third track and field meet in an eight day span.

But that doesn’t mean all units are clicking.

The boys and girls teams are replacing what coach Brian Crumbo called “the strongest track class Oldham County has ever had.” The Colonels and Lady Colonels graduated 25 seniors, which presents issues with depth in certain events, according to Crumbo.

Last Saturday at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. both teams took first place to take the meet overall, but Crumbo said the meet at CAL was consisted of better and more competition, which gives his a chance to truly evaluate both teams.

“We have a good core, but we need to rebuild our depth,” Crumbo said. “We have quality in our core, but we need to rebuild our depth, especially on the boys side.”

The Colonels are filling the voids left by Josh Corral and Ben Hoffman, who each placed sixth in their respective events in the state meet.

Evan Charles led OC with a second place finish in the 300 meter hurdles and a fifth place finish in the 110 meter hurdles.

The girls’ team will rely on its cross country athletes to carry the load from the distance events. Rachel Gibson placed third in the 1,600 meter run with a time of 5:41.99. The Lady Colonels showed their depth in the distance with Sarah Abukwaik and Samantha Griffin finishing fifth and sixth in the 3,200 meter run, respectively.

Sarah McMurchie had a third place finish in the long jump with a 16-01.5 distance to compliment a sixth-place finish in the 400 meter dash. 

Gibson, Ashley Reyna-Padilla, Ally Reinert and Briana Vance placed fourth in the 4x800 meter relay.

“We have a lot of new people and people doing stuff at the invitational level they’ve never done before,” Crumbo said. “I wanted them to compete hard and come out healthy.”