Pioneer Ridge seventh grader Jonas Pippitt turned in a top performance at the Frontier league meet in Louisburg, May 5. He took second place in the 400 and 800 dashes in near school record times and anchored the 800 relay to a gold medal. He also helped the 1600 relay to third place. Submitted photo

It was a record setting year for Coach Gordon Thiesfeld and his Pioneer Ridge Middle School track teams.
In boys’ eighth-grade competition, Danny Beyer leaped a record 17’1½” in the long jump. Beyer also teamed with James Carr-Hughes, Jordan Jones, and Chase Abram to set a new record in the 400 relay of 49.5.
For the seventh grade, the 800 relay of Jansen Ahrens, Jared Highfill, Zach Mitchell, and Jonas Pippitt set a new standard of 1:53.1.
In eighth-grade girls competition, Macey Elkinton set a new shot put record with a heave of 35’2 ½”.
Seventh-grader Healther Culbertson set a new discus record with a toss of 70’9″.
“It was an outstanding season,” said Thiesfeld. “The kids worked hard and really showed a lot of improvement in their events.”