STEUBENVILLE -The Wildcats are on the prowl.
The youthful Edison boys' and girls' track teams delivered a strong showing at the 2012 Early Bird Invitational Track Meet Saturday at the Harding Athletic Complex.
The Edison girls won two individual events en route to a third-place finish. The Wildcats finished with 81 points. Brooke won the meet with 95 points, and Big Red placed second with 86 points. The Edison boys did not one an event, but the Wildcats ended the day in the middle of the pack in sixth place with 32 points. Cleveland Glenville won the meet with 124 points, Big Red placed second with 95 points and East Liverpool ended up third with 59 points.
Edison’s Ashley Borsch clears a hurdle during the 100 hurdles race at the Early?Bird Invitational Track?Meet Saturday at the Harding Athletic Complex. (Photo by Aaron Petchal)
Last season, the Wildcats rallied on a lot of young athletes to get the job done. This season, those young athletes have matured into a confident group. Sophomores Ashley Borsch and Katelyn Pollock won individual events Saturday. Borsch won the 300 hurdles (50.2), and Pollock won the high jump (4-10).
"They have definitely matured," Edison head coach Jamie Evans. "They are definitely getting more confident. We have got another boost of talent on both the girls and the boys side, and they did really well today. Our freshmen did really well.
"We just need to take care of some little things, some little things here and there that cost us a couple of points and made the difference between being first or second and third where we ended up."
The Wildcats also received strong contributions from some other athletes.
"Out of sophomore girls, Ashley Borsch did really well for us today," Evans said. "She won the 300 hurdles. I think she was second in the 100 hurdles. Katelyn Pollock won the high jumper. She is always a strong competitor for us.
"Nhung Tran, our senior, did well in the sprints. She is our lone senior that ran for us today. She always runs well. She is a great leader.
"We just need to work a little harder and pick up a couple of points here and there."
There were 10 girls' teams at the meet.
"The competition was great," Evans said. "The weather was great. I thought we had a really-good showing today from all of the teams. It was a good measuring stick to get us started."
The Wildcats are scheduled to return to the track twice this week. Edison runs at Buckeye 8 and Jefferson County rival Buckeye Local today before heading to East Liverpool Friday.
"It's not much of a break, no, and then we run again on Friday at East Liverpool at the Early Bird Relays," Evans said. "It is a busy first couple of weeks. We have got a lot meets here in the next couple of weeks.
"We have got a lot of room to improve and a lot of time to do it. We are going to get there."