Braymer Lady ’Cat runnerup in Class 1 800, Wilson in Class 1 3,200; Southwest Livingston's Ethan Crowe third in Class 1 shot put
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Led by two runnerup showings, nine entries from C-T-area schools secured 2014 MSHSAA Class 1 Track-and-Field Championships medals Friday with a number more virtually certain to be reaped Saturday.
Braymer's Mallory Hughson in the 800-meters run and Derek Wilson of Linn County in the 3,200 earned the second-place medals in Friday's action at Dwight T. Reed Stadium on the campus of Lincoln University. Hughson ran a 2:19.96, barely a second behind champion Claire Workman of New Covenant Academy, and Wilson a 9:58.22, not quite 19 seconds slower than the winner.
One Southwest Livingston entrant claimed a high state medal Friday and another should pick up two medals Saturday.
SLHS senior Ethan Crowe, who starred for the 2012 and 2013 state semifinalist football Wildcats and is a 3-time state medalist in wrestling, earned All-State status in track-and-field by propelling the discus 140'9" Friday. That got him third place, with fellow Carroll-Livingston Activity Association member Mason Gardner of Mendon: Northwestern earning sixth at 135'2". Gardner's senior twin sister, Mallory, matched Crowe's third-place finish in the girls' discus with a best throw of 107'5".
Southwest Livingston junior Maritza Chavez advanced to the finals in both hurdles races, placing fifth in the 100-meters highs in 16.84 and sixth in the 300 lows in 49.2.
Those will be her only two races Saturday after being in four Friday. She did not make the finals in the 200-meters dash, ranking 12th in 28.09 seconds, and the 800-meters relay she ran with Haylee Johnson, Whitney Rounkles, and Katlin Hightower was 10th, despite an improved time of 1:52.92. Only the top eight entries in the preliminaries advance to the track finals.
Southwest Livingston's boys' entries Friday failed to reach Saturday's finals. The 400-meters relay group of Jordan Konopasek, Mason Palmer, and Lake and Ethan Crowe had problems during the race and did not finish. Palmer was in the 100-meters dash and finished 14th out of 16 in 12:05 seconds.
The Wildcats will have one boys' competitor Saturday – Brandon Bothwell in the 800-meters run.
In Class 2, Hamilton junior star Morgan Prather will be in four finals – two individual and two relays – Saturday after a pair of first places and two seconds in preliminary heats Friday.
Prather was fastest in the 400-meters dash heat in 58.54 seconds and second-quickest in the 200 in 26.05.
She was on the 800-meters relay squad with Sydney Bottorff, Jessica Noble, and Makayla Stacy, which had the best time – 1:46.5. The Lady Hornets' 1,600-meters relay unit Prather anchors was second-best Friday in 4:07.24.
Joining the aforementioned quintet of C-T-area Class 1 entries receiving state medals Friday were Maddie Pieper of Norborne (sixth in the 800 in 2:25.97), Sidney Copeland of Polo (fourth in the discus at 106'10"), freshman Riley Gorham of CLAA champion Hardin-Central (fifth in the 3,200 in 10:17.27), and Hardin-Central's 3,200-meters relay group of Gage Marshall, Rhyler Estenbaum, Sean Utley, and Gorham (third in 8:25.9).
As for area runners who earned spots in Saturday's finals and thus will medal, as long as they do not get disqualified for some reason, besides Chavez, Jamesport: Tri-County sprinter Johnathon Swymeler is another multi-event advancer. He took fifth in the 100 (11.58) and seventh in the 200 (23.42).
Polo freshman star sprinter Maria Rains advanced to the finals in all four of her events. She was fastest in the 100 prelims in 12.85 seconds and third in both the 200 (26.74) and 400 (1:00.81). In addition, the Lady Panthers' 1,600 relay squad on which she runs took third (4:14.07) to easily move on.
Wyatt Craven of Hardin-Central earned a spot in the 400 finals with a fifth-best 51.82. He's also on HCHS' 800 relay group which advanced with the fourth-best time (1:34.21). The Bulldogs' 1,600 relay unit should medal after being third-fastest Friday in 3:35.15.
Hardin-Central foreign exchange student Lisa Stellensdottir had a very good day. She advanced in the 200 by having the second-fastest heat time (26.72) and was third in the 100 prelims (12.95). Off the track, she managed "only" 12th place in the long jump finals. She'll triple jump, her better jumping event, Saturday.
For a number of C-T area athletes, their outstanding achievement of qualifying for the state meet met a less-tangibly-rewarded ending Friday as they either failed to medal (top-8 finish) in a final event or advance to a Saturday final with a top-8 showing in a preliminary heat.
The nearest-misses among that group were Braymer's Stephanie Summerville, who missed a state medal in the 400 by one place and 0.17 seconds as she ran a 1:02.13, Clif Kugler of Hardin-Central, the ninth-best in the triple jump at 40'3-3/4"), and Polo's ninth-place 400- and 800-meters relay units. The 800 group of Jonathan Shelton, Wiley Martin, Brandon Latimer, and Parker Smith ran a 1:36.12 and the 400 team of Gunnar and Wiley Martin, Smith, and Shelton a 46.23.
Beyond those already mentioned from Southwest Livingston, other non-medalists or non-advancers and their finishes (with times/distances) included:
Haley Fitzpatrick, Meadville (11th in discus throw, 87'1"); Sydney Moore, Linn County (13th in 1,600, 5:54.69); Katana Almond, Tri-County (13th in 100, 13.84); Norborne's girls' 800 relay (11th, 1:53.4); Polo's girls' 800 relay (15th, 1:55.98); Norborne's girls' 400 relay (13th, 54.3); Braymer's girls' 400 relay (16th, 55.02); Morgan Baxter, Norborne (12th in 300 hurdles, 51.72); Norborne's girls' 1,600 relay (16th, 4:42.83); Polo's boys' 3,200 relay (10th, 8:47.85); Meadvilile's boys' 3,200 relay (12th, 8:50.56); Shelton, Polo (13th in 100, 11.99 and 13th in 200, 23.97); Meadville's boys' 800 relay (15th, 1:38.58); Dusten Coke, Linn County (15th in 400, 54.63); Craven, Hardin-Central (11th in 200, 23.63); and Linn County's boys' 1,600 relay (15th, 3:51.59).
Meadville's Fitzpatrick will get another crack Saturday in her better event – the shot put – and, as previously mentioned, Craven will be in both solo and relay finals Saturday.
Two Hamilton athletes competed in championship events Friday, but neither was near medaling. Noble was 11th in the 800 in 2:26.87 and Lantz Morrow 13th in the boys' 3,200 in 10:41.58.