Silliman dominates ACCS Invitational

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 12, 2001

Last Friday, when Adams County Christian School track coach Bob Garrett said that a dozen schools would be participating in Thursday’s 2001 Pepsi Invitational Track Meet at the ACCS Track, he said it was his &uot;worst nightmare.&uot;

The withdrawal of Huntington earlier this week due to its participation in a track meet in Jackson on Wednesday helped a little bit, but not much.

And even though the weather did finally cooperate after cancelling two previous track meets here, Silliman Institute’s track team did not, winning the varsity boys, varsity girls and junior varsity girls championships.

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Silliman edged out Oak Forest Academy of Amite, Louisiana in the varsity boys division, 188 points to 182. Trinity Episcopal finished third with 50 points and ACCS was fourth with 42 points.

Silliman’s varsity girls dominated their division and finished with a total of 140 points, a good 50 points ahead of second-place Oak Forest.

Silliman’s JV girls overcame strong performances by ACCS’s Kim Robertson and Nikki Hankins to win defeat the Lady Rebels 138-100.

&uot;We were proud to win it, but some of our players were sick,&uot; said Silliman track coach Marvin Holland. &uot;Our sprinters came through today and some of our other distance runners.&uot;

Robertson had three individual first-place finishes – the 300 meter hurdles (51.47); the 1600 meter run (6:08 minutes); and the 800 meter run (2:38.75).

Hankins had a pair of individual first-place finishes – the 100-meter dash (13.47 seconds) and the 200-meter dash (28.44 seconds).

Robertson and Hankins teamed with Laura Usnik and Lauren Clayton to win the 800-meter relay (1:54.97) and the 400-meter relay (55.27)

ACCS’s JV boys team won their division with 121 points. Wilkinson County Christian Academy was second with 98 points.

&uot;Very proud of the JV boys,&uot; Garrett said. &uot;Looking for them to do the same thing Tuesday at Silliman in the (MPSA Class AAA) JV Championship.&uot;

He then said the JV girls had a good run except that &uot;we’ve gotta come out of the field events stronger in order to catch Silliman.&uot;