SMITHVILLE — Chillicothe

High School doubled its number

of Midland Empire Conference

Relays track-and-field event

champions from a year ago to

eight, but that still wasn’t quite

enough for either the Lady Hornets

or Hornets to ascend to the

league throne.

 


SMITHVILLE — Chillicothe
High School doubled its number
of Midland Empire Conference
Relays track-and-field event
champions from a year ago to
eight, but that still wasn’t quite
enough for either the Lady Hornets
or Hornets to ascend to the
league throne.
The CHS girls fell just short
of the school’s first MEC girls’
title since 2006 as Smithville
and Maryville held off head
coach Karen Jackson’s squad in
a nip-and-tuck 3-team battle.
Smithville earned 1301⁄2,
Maryville 1241⁄2, and the Lady
Hornets 1241⁄2 in Saturday’s
meet, which was postponed a
day, due to inclement weather.
The Hornets wound up a
strong second behindMaryville,
the Spoofhounds accumulating
171 points and Chillicothe’s
boys 145.
Each CHS team hiked its
number of conference champions
from last year – the girls
from two to five and the boys
from two to three. The Hornets
climbed one spot in the final
team standings from 2011,
while the Lady Hornets remained
third.
Bringing home gold medals to
their personal trophy cases
were CHS’ Erin Gilliland,
champion in both the 100-meters
high and 300-meters low
hurdles, Andrew Jensen in the
3,200-meters run, Alec Whiteside
in the shot put, Lexi Snyder
in the triple jump, and three
relay squads – the girls’ 400-
and 800-meters units and the
boys’ 800 team. The boys’ group
included Austin Busse, Walker
Thomas, Nick Meyers, and
DeEll Midgyett. The girls’
800 contingent was
Madison Williams,
Mackenzie Barnett,
Jordyn
Circo, and
Gilliland, and the 400 quartet
Olivia Hayes, Gilliland,
Williams, and Barnett.
The Lady Hornets’ 400-meters
(4-by-100) group broke the
meet record the same foursome
had reset last year. They toured
the track one time in 51.87 seconds,
.04 quicker than in 2011.