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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Chillicothe track teams compete for MEC titles

  • 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.

     


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  • 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.
     

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