It may have been the first meet of the year for the PCM girls track team on Tuesday, but the Mustangs looked like they were in midseason form already.
Competing against five other schools, PCM grabbed 11 top-three finishes, three of which were first place, at the Chariton Earlybird Girl’s Meet in Chariton.
“Our entire team performed well tonight,” PCM coach Joel Grier said. “Our two goals were to get a good workout and be intense competitors. It was an excellent start to the season.”
Senior Brilee McWilliams picked up where her season left off at state last year, taking first in the discus with a distance of 104 feet, six inches. Freshman Rachel Peter took first in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 12 minutes, 38.51 seconds and the shuttle hurdle relay team of Shelby Palm, Lexi Kain, Macey Walker and Kelsey Townsend grabbed the Mustangs’ final top spot of the day with a time of 1:13.77.
Some of the first-place winners also found themselves with second-place finishes, as Townsend also took second in the 100 and 400 hurdles and Kain took second in the 200 and 400.
As for the third-place finishers, it was McWilliams in the shot put, Peter in the 1,500, Palm in the 100 hurdles and the 4x400 relay team of Walker, Palm, Townsend and Abbi Gilson.
The Mustangs will return to action on their own turf when they host the PCM Invitational on April 3.