Leesville vs. Franklinton Track Meet

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On Wednesday, January 19, 2022, Leesville Road High School competed at Franklinton High School for another winter outdoor track meet. 

“Overall the meet went very well and we improved a lot,” said Chase Harrison, a sophomore at Leesville. 

There were a few qualifying races as well as relays and some personal bests. 

There were some moments that stuck out at this particular meet. Bowen Groff, a junior at Leesville was on the men’s 4 X 800 relay team that qualified for states, along with Kevin Bolin (senior), Daniel Longrie (senior) , and Banks Blizzard (freshman). 

Matt Cash, a senior, achieved an official sub 5 minute mile. Chase Harrison achieved a personal record in the 500m. 

The girls 1600 was by far the most exciting event in the meet. 

“The girls 1600 was a very well raced race,” said Cash. Leesville placed first, second, and third. Elissa Cesky, freshman placed first with a qualifying time of 5.37, with junior Raylee Grieco right behind her at 5.40, and Zoë Etheridge right next to her with a 5.40 as well. 

“They destroyed it,” said Groff. 

Having both friends and a support system from the team is a big part of running. “The meet was very fun because I had a lot of my friends there,” said Groff. 

The encouragement and excitement from the crowd and the teams is what pushes the runners to be their best each and every meet.

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