EXCELSIOR SPRINGS — Having another outstanding day with 10 event triumphs and another five runnerup finishes, the pair of kings laid down by the Chillicothe High School girls’ and boys’ track-and-field teams in Friday’s Mineral Water Classic meet was trumped by the pair of aces of their keen Midland Empire Conference rival, Maryville.
In many cases, second-place team finishes in both gender divisions are enough for a school to take home the Classic’s combined title, but not when another school claims first in both the boys’ and girls’ competition, as MHS did this year.
The Spoofhounds ran away with the boys’ division crown with 146 points, 32 clear of the runnerup Hornets, while the Lady Spoofhounds nosed out CHS 128-122, emerging victorious despite the Lady Hornets winning almost half of the 18 events.
Although there were no team- nor meet-championship trophies to bring back, the CHS squads did continue very strong regular seasons which seem to point to strong postseason potential.
Led by individual double-winners Erin GIlliland and Ali Stephens and field-events triple scorer Lexi Snyder, the Lady Hornets stayed right with Maryville, but in the end couldn’t match the Lady ’Hounds’ scoring depth.
While CHS’ Gilliland won both hurdles races, Stephens the 800 and 1,600 meters, Snyder the triple jump, and the 400- and 800-meters relays (Madison Williams, Mackenzie Barnett, and Gilliland in each, with Olivia Hayes rounding out the 400 and Jordyn Circo the 800), compared to Maryville capturing only four event triumphs, the Lady ’Hounds used enough sub-winning scoring performances to overtake the 40-points advantage Chillicothe built in first-place tallies.
In the boys’ competition, the roles were almost exactly reversed – Maryville winning seven times to Chillicothe’s three, but the Hornets could do no better than a narrow advantage (84-76 points) in the depth paradigm, resulting in the Spoofhounds’ 32-points margin of team triumph.
The CHS boys prevailed in the shot put with junior Alec Whiteside producing his personal-best so far for 2012, a 53’41⁄2” heave that gave him a nearly-3-feet advantage over the runnerup. They took the triple jump with sophomore Zach Alperin’s hop, skip, and jump that carriedhim 39’93⁄4”, more than a foot farther than the second-place jumper. They also won the 400-meters relay by 0.22 as Austin Busse, DeEll Midgyett, Walker Thomas, and Alperin combined for a time of 46.32 seconds.