By LANCE MIHM
It was a true David versus Goliath story.
While twin sisters Ivy and Morgan Horn fell just short of their goal of bringing home a state girls track Division III champion, they undoubtedly impressed onlookers with a strong performance over the weekend.
The pair guided Waynesfield-Goshen to a runner-up finish by scoring 34 points as the only two qualifiers for the team. The pair knew they had a shot at a title against a strong Versailles team, which had 11 runners competing. Versailles nipped the Tigers for the title with 39 points.
â€śIt was so much fun,â€ť Ivy Horn said. â€śIt was an amazing experience. To finish runner-up against a team like Versailles is a big accomplishment.â€ť
The pair gained a big head start in the first day which featured the field events.
Ivy Horn jumped 18-feet in the long jump, a new school record, for a second place finish, and Morgan pole vaulted 11-feet, good enough for seventh place. It gave them a 10-point head start on
Versailles, who had not qualified anyone in the field events.
â€śWe wanted to win,â€ť Morgan Horn said. â€śWe got second, but that was with just the two of us so it is an accomplishment regardless. I was really happy and happy for my sister two. She had a great performance.â€ť
In the running event finals, Ivy Horn was state champion in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.43. She also finished third in the 100-meter dash at 12.61 and fourth in the 200-meter dash at 25.86. Morgan finished eighth in the 300-meter hurdles at 47.82.
One other local runner placed at the meet, as Botkinsâ€™ Brittany Bailey finished sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:18.98.
It was Waynesfield-Goshenâ€™s first state runner-up finish for a girlâ€™s team in any sport in the schoolâ€™s history. The boys won a state title in the mid-2000s.