What you need to know about DCMS Track & Field

Cayden Gasser, Messenger sports writer

There are 32 total DCMS Track and Field athletes. Track and Field is a sport in which participants run, jump, and throw. Events include are discus, shot put, pole vault, long jump, high jump, 100 meter hurdles, 200 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles, 100 meter sprint, 200 meter sprint, 400 meter run, 800 meter run, 1600 meter run, and 4×100, 4×200, and 4×400 relays. The team practices mostly Monday through Thursday with Coach Jay Dennison and Coach Brittney Newbury.

Scoring is kept by awarding points in this order: 1st place gets ten points; 2nd place gets eight points; 3rd place gets six points; 4th gets five points; 5th gets four points; 6th get three points; 7th gets two points; and 8th gets one point.

There are eight lanes on a track and there are more than one runner on a team running. For the jumping events–except for long jump–the athlete has three tries to get over the bar which is set at certain heights. Every time an athlete clears or gets over the bar without making it fall, the bar is raised to a different height. Jumpers get three tries to clear the bar.

In Long Jump the athlete is trying to get as far as they can by jumping into the sand. Discus and Shot Put are like Long Jump except athletes are throwing a disc or a metal ball “Shot” as far as they can. The girls team and boys team are separate in scoring ,yet at Delphi both high school and middle school boys and girls practice together.

The following students make up the DCMS track team:

6th graders

  1. Jordan Kirkley
  2. Cayden Gasser
  3. Evan Latimore
  4. Westin Schultheiss
  5. Alexis Baltazar
  6. Nic Westfall
  7. Brasen Starbuck
  8. Miah Sinks
  9. Abby Summers
  10. Lily Sandifur
  11. Molly Tharp
  12. Mackenzie Anderson
  13. Ava Duval

7th graders

  1. Shaye Green
  2. Elah Abbott
  3. Jamison Armstrong
  4. Emma Johnson
  5. Dakota Titus
  6. Kayla Perez
  7. Emma Mendoza
  8. Kailinn Ross
  9. Kalynn Friend
  10. Eric Achor
  11. R.J. Martin
  12. Anthony Cooper
  13. Ashton Gunter

8th graders

  1. AJ Lattimore
  2. Arianna Roman
  3. Kori O’Daniel
  4. Corbin Krebs
  5. Nia Westfall
  6. Emma Lattimore