Wayne Sherbahn
Wayne Sherbahn
The high school track season opener is still a couple of weeks away but several Madison athletes were in action last weekend when members of the Madison Track Club dusted off their spikes at the Indiana Track Club High School Open Meet at Indiana University.

The Club competed against a regional field of just over 1,000 athletes with Madison sprinter Wayne Sherbahn, a senior, turning in an impressive fourth place in the 60 meters and several others posting personal bests in various events.

"It was a great day. Wayne Scherbahn led the way with a fourth place finish in the 60 meters at 7.16," Madison coach Scott Holcroft said. "The guys who beat him all placed last year in their respective states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana in the 100. His time has him fifth in the state of Indiana in the 55 meters."

Nash Grooms also ran the 60 in 7.83 to place 67th out of 107 runners.

"This was a great meet for him to be a part of as his first meet," Holcroft said. "He learned a lot and is already talking about what he needs to do as we prepare for our next indoor meet in March."

Pole vaulter Nick Palmer tied his personal best in that event at 12-foot-even to place 14th out of 30 vaulters.

"For him to go to this meet and not to have jumped in practice and do this is a great sign of where he is going to be this year," Holcroft noted.

Josh Scott also posted a personal best in teh long jump at 19-feet, 1-inch to finish 16th in a field of 47.

"Josh has not had the chance to even jump on the board this year. He did two run backs and one run before he jumped," Holcroft said. "To tie his personal best is great."

David Gibson ran the 1600 meters in a personal best time of 4:58 to place 76th out of 144. Holcraft said Gibson "was on a mission to get his personal best right out of the gate this year and he did it."

Justin Robertson ran the 1600 meters in a time 5:16 to place 108th out of 144, Nathan Riley measured a personal best in the shot put at 36-1 to finishe 23rd out of 35 athletes and Alex Schmidlap threw 33-0 to finish place 27th in the shot.

On the girls side, Gabby Nay ran in the 800 meters and Hannah Miller and Grace Spencer ran in the 1600 for the Madison Club.

"This was a great meet to go to with a little over 1000 athletes in the meet. We were able to see some great competition," Holcroft said. "I would have never thought that these guys would have started like this since we haven't started practice yet. I hope this is just a little hint of what is to come this season."

Holcroft said practice for the 2013 season officially began on Monday and the team could use more athletes.

"We're still looking for more guys to run track," he said. "If you're interested in running, we are practicing after school each day."

The Club will be back in action March 9 for a state relay qualifier.