After their respective sectional track meets at South Callaway and Carl Junction, a total of 11 Maries County track and field athletes will end their season this weekend during the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Class 1-2 State Track and Field Championships at Jefferson City High School’s Adkins Stadium and Licklider Track complex.
During the Class 2, Sectional 2 meet at South Callaway High School in Mokane, five individuals and three relay teams from Belle competed for top-four finishes to qualify for state this weekend.
Sophomore Gracie Schultz had four shots to get to state competing in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes along with both the long and triple jump.
On the track, Schultz tied for fifth place in the 100m dash (13.65) while placing sixth in the 200m dash (28.57).
In the field, she missed state by just over six inches in the long jump with a fifth-place mark of 15 feet, 4.75 inches.
Jumping 32-01 in the triple jump, Schultz placed sixth finishing 10 inches shy of the top four.
Also in the field, fellow sophomore Susie Moman had two chances to throw her way to Jefferson City competing in the discus and the javelin.
Winning the javelin with a new school-record throw of 109-04, Moman also qualified for state in the discus with a fourth-place mark of 100-09. She will compete in both events at state on Friday.
Due to injuries sustained in a bus accident just inside the Westphalia city limits Friday night, Faith Langdon was unable to compete as part of the Belle girl’s 4x800-meter relay team at sectionals.
Kiera Finn placed seventh in the 100m hurdles (21.10) while Will Doss also placed eighth in the 110m hurdles (19.19).
Two Tiger relay teams also competed in sectionals along with Doss.
Placing eighth in the boys 4x200m relay (1:44.59) was the Belle quartet of Aiden Craigmiles, Jorge Uribes, Josiah Hance and Doss. The same foursome also placed eighth in the 4x400m relay in a time of 4:00.71.
Making the long trek down Interstate 44 to Carl Junction High School, Vienna track and field competed in the MSHSAA Class 1, Sectional 2 meet.
Three VHS athletes left Carl Junction with sectional titles.
On the girl’s side, Kadence George threw her way to a sectional title with a winning throw of 109-00 in the javelin. She will throw on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Also competing for Vienna’s Lady Eagles at sectionals was their 4x200m relay team, 4x400m relay team and Rhea Helton in the pole vault.
Finishing eighth in 2:11.68 was the Vienna girl’s 4x200m relay team of Sadie Novak, Annalise Jordan, George and Helton.
Also placing eighth in the 4x400m relay in a time of 5:02.71 was the Vienna Lady Eagle foursome of Delana Obenauer, George, Jordan and Novak.
Helton cleared 4-06 in the girl’s high jump to finish sixth.
On the boy’s side of the track, a total of six individuals and three relay teams competed for Vienna in Carl Junction.
Advancing to state in both the 110m and 300m hurdles was Eagle sophomore Mike Andrews with a winning time of 17.68 in the 110 and a second-place time of 45.04 in the 300m hurdles.
After placing sixth and seventh respectively in the mile and two-mile races, sophomore Caleb Horman helped the Eagle 4x800m relay team run a third-place time of 9:11.17 to qualify for state. Racing with Horman was Jehoshua Casey, Wyatt Coons and Samuel Douglas. They will compete on Saturday at 11 a.m., looking for a top-eight finish and All-State honors.
Nathan Kleffner bounced back from a sixth-place finish in the triple jump to qualify for state in the long jump with a third-place leap of 18-09. Kleffner will jump for a state medal on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Gavin Weathers threw his way to state twice by winning the discus (154-08) and placing second in the shot put (42-06.75). He will throw the shot on Friday and the discus on Saturday.
Logan Agan (3rd, 142-05) and Gavin Stricklan (4th, 141-06) both qualified for state with their top-four finishes in the javelin. They will both compete in the Class 1 Boys Javelin on Saturday at 2 p.m., in Jefferson City.