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Henson and Bauer made respectable showings at A-AA Track and Field East Sectionals

In a surprising turn of events, the Johnson County Track & Field Team actually ended up sending two competitors to the A-AA East Sectionals at Red Bank High School in Chattanooga last week. Following an initially strong showing at the sub sectionals the week before, it appeared that Jacob Henson would be the only one moving on, having taken fourth place in the long jump event. However, a few days later it was revealed that freshman Mackenzie Bauer would also be joining Henson in representing the Johnson County team.
Having just barely missed the qualifications for the girls 1600-meter run at the sub-sectionals competition, Bauer was still entered into the ranks vying for a potential spot amongst the best times after the initial qualifying. Thankfully Bauer was the one selected, giving her a rare opportunity to go on and compete for the Longhorns. Very few from Johnson County ever get to this level and both Henson and Bauer made respectable showings.
Unfortunately bad weather conditions the night before put a damper on even the best athlete’s performances, causing times and distances across the board to come up less than expected. The long jump in particular was affected by the rain. According to Henson, “We got to Chattanooga about 10, found the school, and then hit the bed. We got to the meet the next morning and it was really wet where it rained through the night. When the meet started the runway had puddles all over it. The sand pit was basically a big mud puddle, and the jumping line had to be taped down. Overall the conditions were definitely not in my favor.”
Competitors and coaches alike complained about the situation, but because of how far some schools were forced to travel, organizers pushed on as best they could. Highlighting just how much of an effect the weather had, even the best jumpers, who normally land 22 feet, were barely clearing 20. One of the big problems was that the tape and paper that officials used on the runway was actually a very poor surface to make the jump off of. As a result there was a phenomenal number of scratch jumps, and even those who did make a successful reading had to begin their jump behind the line, giving up precious ground.
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