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.
“It was so much fun,” Ivy Horn said. “It was an amazing experience. To finish runner-up against a team like Versailles is a big accomplishment.”
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.
“We wanted to win,” Morgan Horn said. “We 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.”
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 Botkins’ Brittany Bailey finished sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:18.98.
It was Waynesfield-Goshen’s first state runner-up finish for a girl’s team in any sport in the school’s history. The boys won a state title in the mid-2000s.