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Alma sports wrap 4/8/22

Alma sports wrap

By Kevin Taylor

Alma Schools 


Stacy returns; Alma places second at the Daniel Relays


Alma held the Leonard Daniel Relays Thursday for the first time since 2019. 


The event was not held in 2020 or 2021 because of COVID restrictions. 


The Airedales’ Connor Stacy won the high jump (5-8) and placed second in the 300 intermediate hurdles (46.08). 


It’s the first athletic event for Stacy since he had knee surgery last December. 


“It’s relieving,” Stacy said of his return. “Being a home meet, I’m super comfortable here. It feels good going out there jumping. I feel like I’m back in my element. After surgery, my knee feels as good as it’s ever felt. I just have to keep building (strength).”


Stacy and the Airedales placed second overall with 107.5 points. 


Athletes from 11 other schools competed against strong wind gusts. Stacy, who hopes to get back to jumping 6-5, said the wind wasn’t a factor. 


“The way I look at it, I should have cleared six feet,” he said. “With my experience, I’m not here to make an excuse. 


Senior Justice Lincks won the 200 (24.49) and placed sixth in the 100. Lincks, Drake Stogsdill, Ian Rhoads, and Braxton Kilgore were third (46.5) in the 4x100 relay. 


Kilgore, Nunez, Ryan Evans, and Jaden Mahar placed third (3:50.36) in the 4x400 relay. 


Mahar, Rhodes, Dillon Flanagan, and Japheth Barnhill were third (1:38.97) in the 4x200 relay. 


Barnhill was third (19.2) in the 110 hurdles and sixth in the 300 hurdles. He also placed eighth in the long jump.


Mahar was sixth in the 400 and seventh in the triple jump. 


Flanagan and Keyshawn Rhodes were fourth and sixth, respectively, in the 200. 


Shawn Rankins, Ryan Carter, Davis, and Evans placed fourth (10:33.03) in the 4x800 relay. 


Mahar, Keyshawn Rhodes, Flanagan, and Barnhill were third (1:38.97) in the 4x200 relay. 


Sophomore Brayden Welch was second (2:07.8) in the 800 and fifth in the 3200. Teammate Jael Nunez was fourth (2:09.54) 800. 


Welch was fourth (4:48.00) in the 1600. 


Logan Evans and Kolby Adams placed sixth and eighth, respectively, in the pole vault. Trey Bowen and Levi Burkhart were fifth and seventh, respectively, in the discus. 


The Lady Airedales placed sixth overall with 41 points. Rebekah McIntosh was second in the 100 hurdles (18.35). She was third in the high jump with a leap of 4-10 and fourth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 55.26. 


Makia Cravey was fourth in the 100 meters (14.07) and fourth in the 200 (29.26).


Alma’s Liv Konz, Alexxis Johnston, Maria Ziesecke, and Elana Cadavid placed fourth (5:16.68) in the 4x400 relay. Cadavid and Kaitlyn Reynolds placed eighth in the triple jump and discus, respectively. 


Johnston, Konz, Ziesecke, and Sky Bennett were fourth in the 4x200 relay. 




Makenzie Erwin capped her first-career five-hit day with a two-out RBI single in the seventh inning Thursday to help the Lady Airedales rally for a 12-11 victory, the team's ninth victory in 12 games. 


Alma's Makenzie Martin smacked her team-leading ninth homer in the first inning, a two-run shot, that was followed by Taelynn Perry's fourth homer. 


But the Lady Panthers scored seven times in the second to grab a 9-4 lead after two innings and 11-4 after 3 ⅓ innings. 


Martin had four hits to raise her batting average to .676 (25-for-37). 


Freshman Jordan Gramlich earned the victory, the first of her career while scattering 16 hits and allowing seven earned runs. She also fanned five.