MARYVILLE — A mere one-sixth of a point prevented the Chillicothe High School track-and-field Lady?Hornets from sharing the girls’ division title of the Bearcat?High School Invitational meet hosted by?Northwest Missouri?State University yesterday.
Riding event wins in five of the 18 events, the Lady?Hornets compiled 991⁄3 points, a fraction less than?Riverside: Park?Hill South’s 991⁄2, with Platte County a close third with 941⁄2.
Isis Baker won the 400-meters dash,?Erin Gilliland the 300-meters low hurdles, and CHS quartets the 400-, 800-, and 1,600-meters relays to power the near-miss runnerup finish. The 400 relay unit was Mackenzie Barnett,?Madison?Williams,?Olivia Hayes, and Gilliland; the 800 group was Jordyn?Circo,?Barnett, Williams, and Gilliland; and the 1,600 squad was Ali?Stephens, Williams,?Baker, and Barnett.
“We also got some field events that almost were enough to put us over the top,” Chillicothe girls’ head coach?Karen?Jackson noted.
Lauren Jones earned six big points by taking third in the pole vault, Lexi?Snyder added seven with a third in the triple jump and eighth in the long jump, and Paige Peters notched a couple with a seventh in the shot put.?Maura Sturguess added an eighth in the discus throw.
While the Lady?Hornets were narrowly missing in their team title bid, the Hornets were posting a creditable fifth-place showing in the 11-team boys’ division, netting 81 points. Maryville’s boys, as they did in last week’s Chillicothe Joe Shy?Relays, ran away with their division with 1671⁄2 points, 61 more than runnerup?Platte County.
The Hornets received their highest finishes in two events.?Senior Broc Graves, out previously this young season with a health problem, was able to return in good form and took second place in the 1,600-meters run in 4:53.99, while the CHS 800-meters relay unit of Mason?Palmer,?DeEll Midgyett, Walker Thomas, and Austin?Busse completed their race in 1:33.9.
Chillicothe’s boys got third places from their 400- and 3,200-meters relay squads, as well as Alec Whiteside in the shot put. Fourths came from Spencer Hart in the discus and shot put, David?Hershberger (tie) in the 300 intermediate hurdles, and the 1,600-meters relay unit. Andrew Jenson took fifth in the 3,200 and Zach?Alperin added a fifth in the triple jump and sixth in the 300 hurdles. Cody?Saville was sixth in the 1,600 and Busse in the 400.
In the girls’ division, in addition to its five event victories and its field-events points, Chillicothe also was second in the 3,200-meters relay as Jozie Reeter, Stephens, Baker,?and Williams combined for a 4:20.14 that was not quite four seconds short of completing the relays sweep CHS posted in their own meet last Thursday.