The Dixon Bulldogs opened their 2018 season at the School of the Osage Open. The times were good for the start of the year, but stormy weather and a tornado warning cut the day short. The meet was canceled after the 100 Meter Sprint.
The day began with Freshman Travin Weed clearing 4’ 10” in the high jump. Senior Zach Shetler jumped 17’9” to open the season in the long jump. Freshman Tyson Reathaford threw the discus 94’3” and freshman Gabby Heltz tossed the shotput 23’25”.
The 4x800 meter relay team came together and was able to run a time of 10:02 to open the running events on the day. Last year's state 110 meter hurdles qualifier Senior Trevor Graves came close to running his state meet time last year of 16.89 and senior Dillion Williams ran 22.18 in his 110 hurdles event.
Graves said this after the race, “Getting that close to a personal best is how you dream to start a season. So I did what I wanted and hopefully I can get better each meet.”
Weed ran the 100 meter sprint in 12.22, while fellow freshman Holden Perry ran 15.49. Reathaford ran the race in 13.58 seconds and senior Asia Davenport opened her season with a time of 17.69.
The storm system moved in after that point and caused a 30 minute delay in events. After the radar showed storms were not going to slow down, the meet was cancelled.
Head Dixon Bulldogs track & field coach Jim Brown said after the meet, “We didn't get to see everyone due to the rain, but I was very pleased with the kids that did get some of their events in. I was encouraged by our young freshmen kids who ran and threw well.”
The Bulldogs will travel to St James Tuesday March 19th.