Peabody-Burns canceled its home track meet Tuesday due to forecasts indicating the possibility of tornadoes and grapefruit-sized hail.
Canceling the meet was not what the track team wanted to do, but head coach Kim Topham said the school felt the need to due to teams coming from as far as Little River and Lyons, and lack of shelter near the Peabody track.
“We are kind of a distance from any shelter,” Topham said, “so if the weather is going to be bad there’s not enough places for people to go quickly enough.”
For some seniors, canceling the meet means they have never raced on their home track.
“Unfortunately, some of these seniors had never got to run at home because they didn’t have one scheduled for that year or weather canceled it,” Topham said.
Peabody participated in a meet April 19 at Central Christian and took home some medals.
Elena Niccone took second place in high jump with a jump of 4 feet, 4 inches, and placed sixth in long jump with a jump of 12-1. She also ran the 200-meter dash with a time of 32:88 seconds.
Zeke Castleman placed second in the 200 with a time of 25.19 seconds, and ran the 100 with a time of 12.66.
Cody Partridge placed first in high jump with a jump of 5-6, and first in long jump with a jump of 20-1. Partridge also placed fourth in the 800 with a time of 2:21.09.
Andrew Wedel placed second in shotput with a throw of 42-9.75.
Even though the home meet got canceled Tuesday, Topham said the season is going well.
“We have dedicated individuals that are placing highly,” Topham said. “They’re ranked up there in 1A as far as the possibility of making it to state.”
Topham said that with how the team is placing at meets so far this season, a trip to state could be in their future.
“We have some good chances of finishing the season strong and going and competing at state,” Topham said. “I’m looking forward to that.”