Hornettes Continue Great Start

The Nashville Hornettes F/S Girls track team won the Chester F/S Invitational. First Row: Amy Ketchup, Kyle Kozuszek, Kourtney Stroud, Brittnie Bartling, and Jadah Heidel. Second Row: Elley Szopinski, Destyn Hausner, Sabrina Kollbaum, Annabelle Epplin, Sydney Schnitker, and Grace Maschhoff. Third Row: Raqui Elliott, Kayla Ivey, Grace Gutjahr, and Carli Hoffman.

By Brent Huelsmann

Senior Janie Holle throws shot put, during the Hornettes meet that was canceled due to weather after a few events on March 30.

The Nashville High School girls track team continued their season this past week as they competed at Chester F/S Invitational, and the Carterville Lady Lion Invitational, a meet that was added to the schedule this season.
The Hornettes took home first place in Chester, as they finished atop eight other teams. Nashville finished with 159 points, followed by Freeburg in second, Anna-Jonesboro in third, Chester in fourth, Sparta in fifth, Columbia in sixth, Pinckneyville in seventh, New Athens in eighth, and Gibault in ninth.
The Hornettes finished ahead of the field in eight different events. In the field events, Kourtney Stroud took home first place in Discus, Carli Hoffman finished first and shot put, and Jadah Heidel finished first in triple jump.
In the running events, Kylie Kozuszek, Delaney Varel, Grace Maschhoff, and Sabrina Kollbaum took home first in the 4X800M relay, Brittnie Bartling finished first in the 3200M run, Maschhoff crossed the line first in the 1600M run, Kollbaum finished first in the 300M hurdles, and the team of Kozuszek, Raqui Elliott, Destyn Hausner and Kollbaum finished first in the 4X400M relay.
The Hornettes next meet was at the Carterville Lady Lion Invitational on April 8. The Hornettes were up against a lot of familiar foes, as four Southern Illinois River to River Mississippi Division Conference Rivals were competing.
Nashville took home second place behind Tolono Unity. Tolono Unity finished with 141 points, while Nashville finished with 117 points. DuQuoin finished third, followed by Johnston City in fourth, Carterville in fifth, Anna-Jonesboro in sixth, Pinckneyville in seventh, Herrin in eighth, Goreville in ninth, and Vienna in tenth.
The Hornettes finished first in three events. Avery Meade, Kayla Ivey, Sydney Schnitker, and Hausner took home first place in the 4X200M relay, Taylor Cook finished first in the 300M hurdles, and the team of Cook, Kozuszek, Kollbaum, and Heidel finished first in the 4X400M relay.