Larson sweeps hurdles, Molly Jones wins pole vault as Lady Hornets net 96 points, trailing new champion Maryville, runnerup Trenton

By PAUL STURM, C-T Sports Editor
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — Behind two wins from recovering junior hurdler Kylee Larson and a 16-points haul from winner Molly Jones and Kennedy Corzette in the pole vault, Chillicothe High School’s track-and-field Lady Hornets did themselves proud in scoring 96 points and placing third in their own Chillicothe Joe Shy Relays 13-teams meet Thursday.
Although they did not extend their run of consecutive team crowns in the meet to six – Maryville outlasted Trenton 119-1/2 to 107-1/2 for the 2018 title, the CHS girls kept themselves in somewhat-surprising contention up until the last few events and nosed out Hamilton by four points for third place.
Larson, not yet back to full strength from a preseason ankle injury, nevertheless claimed both hurdles events in clear-cut manner.
Later, in the last girls’ field event to conclude, senior M. Jones was the only vaulter to clear 9’, giving her a third medal for the day after earlier being eighth in the javelin throw and running on the third-place 400-meters relay.
In addition to that CHS win, Corzette took third, matching the runnerup in getting over the bar at 8’6”, but having more misses, which broke the tie against her. Her performance made the pole vault the Lady Hornets’ most-productive event.
Joining Larson (20 points) and M. Jones (12-1/4) in generating double-digits points was sophomore jumper/runner Jordan Hibner. She finished third in the 400-meters run, fifth in the long jump, and was on two scoring relays (400 and 800 meters) to total 12-3/4 points, unofficially.
Chillicothe’s girls had three other top-3 finishes besides those already cited. Both the 3,200- and 1,600-meters relay groups wound up third, as did sophomore Hunter Keithley in the open 800.
After being claimed by now-graduated Lady Hornet Whitney Clampitt each of the past three years, the 2018 Bob Carter Memorial Gold Shoe Award – given in memory of the late, long-time sports editor of the Constitution-Tribune who died in a traffic crash in 2001 at age 53 – was earned by freshman Serena Sundell of Maryville with 30 points. She won two solo events, took second in another, and was part of the second-place MHS 1,600-meters relay squad.
Chillicothe’s track-and-field teams now will spend the remainder of their 2018 season competing away from home, beginning – weather permitting – with Tuesday’s Morgan Hoot Relays at Richmond.