THS Lady Bulldogs win team title, school's Lexi Whitaker, Brian Ewing take Bob Carter Memorial Gold Shoe Awards as top scorers in April 5, 2019, meet. Maryville runaway team champ among boys
By PAUL STURM, C-T Sports Editor
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — It was a banner day at Chillicothe’s Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium II for Trenton High School’s track-and-field teams Friday.
With seniors Brian Ewing and Lexi Whitaker copping the Bob Carter Memorial Gold Shoe Awards as their respective gender’s top individual points producer, the THS girls handily claimed the team crown of the annual Chillicothe Joe Shy Relays with 127 points.
Whitaker, with two wins, a second place, and a sixth in four solo events, nipped Brookfield distance-running ace Alexandria Sharp, a 3-races winner, 31-30 in the duel for the girls’ Gold Shoe. A factor in their battle was the absence of last year’s then-freshman Carter Award winner Serena Sundell of Maryville. Sundell, an All-State basketball player with very good college prospects in that sport, is not out for track-and-field this year, the C-T learned.
Getting nearly half – 35 – of their points from sprinter Ewing, Trenton’s Bulldogs were a solid fourth place in the boys’ team standings with 74-1/2 points. Maryville, as expected, secured the boys’ crown in runaway style with 151 points, far ahead of runner-up Brookfield’s 94-1/2.
After either the host girls or boys had won one of the team championships each of the previous six years – several times sweeping both, host CHS was denied this time, even though it posted reasonably-pleasing and slightly-surprising second- (girls) and third-place team finishes with 81 and 83 points, respectively.
While not keeping the team-title streak alive, for a fourth year in a row, the meet’s final race – the boys’ 1,600-meters relay – was taken by the Hornets. The Lady Hornets’ second-place finish in that closing event lifted them past both Hamilton: Penney, which finished sixth in the race, and Maryville, which took fifth, in the runner-up spot in the final team standings by a half-point over Maryville and one point over Hamilton.
Chillicothe entries won only three of the 38 events. Senior Kylee Larson took the 100-meters high hurdles in 16.41 seconds, the girls’ 400-meters relay (unit comprised of Jordan Hibner, Delaney May, Abby Jones, and Larson) showed the way in 53.79 seconds, and the aforementioned boys’ 1,600 (4x400) relay group (Ethan Corbin, Kaleb Mullikin, Tyler Hart, and Isaak Rasche) posted a 3:35.3.
Trenton’s Ewing swept the three boys’ sprints – the 100-meters dash in 11.31 seconds, the 200 in 22.9, and the 400 in 50.88 – and placed fourth in the long jump at 20’2”.
THS Lady Bulldog Whitaker – held out of a couple of relay races in which she often is used, her coach noted, to enhance her chances at the individual scoring award – posted one of the meet’s earliest victories when she took the high jump by clearing 5’ and capped her performance by taking first in the 200, the third-to-last race, in 27-seconds flat. In between, she was second to Gold Shoe contender Brighton Swindler of Hamilton in the 300-meters low hurdles in 48.78, and scored three points when she was sixth in the 100.
Brookfield’s Sharp swept the girls’ 800- (2:27.95), 1,600- (5:32.1), and 3,200-meters runs (12:44.46) to amass 30 team points. With the 1,600-meters relay immediately following the 3,200 (right after the intervening boys’ 3,200), BHS coaches gave some fleeting consideration to giving Sharp the option of running one more lap in it to try pass Whitaker, but the final decision was not to tax her further.
Swindler had a pair of event wins in the long jump (15’10”) and low hurdles (48.21 seconds), was third in the triple jump, and sixth in the 200 for 29 points, one back of Sharp.
On the boys’ side, nearest to Ewing were Maryviile dual winners Will Mattock (800, 1,600) with 24-1/2 points and Jacob Davenport (hurdles) with 23-3/4.
Next for Chillicothe’s thinclads is due to be Tuesday’s Hoot Middleton Relays meet at Richmond.