Southwest's Anderson, Hale's Hoerr, two from Braymer, four from Hamilton among state medalists
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Two of the three high school track-and-field athletes from the C-T coverage area who advanced to this past weekend’s (May 17-18, 2019) Missouri Class 1 and Class 2 state championships came home with a medal from each. The third didn’t, but had a nice “consolation” prize – a state title.
Junior Carly Thacker of Carroll-Livingston Activity Association (CLAA) member Hardin-Central won the Class 1 girls’ 300-meters low hurdles finals Saturday in 46.32 seconds after posting the fastest time in Friday’s preliminary heats (47.26).
Thacker’s winning margin in the final was a clear-cut 0.67 seconds.
Although denied advancement to the finals in the 100-meters high hurdles when she was 11th (17.06) among the 16 competitors in Friday’s prelims, Thacker not only came home with her state champion’s medal to admire, but also with a seventh-place medal from the 200-meters dash. After barely squeezing into the finals with the eighth-best time in the prelims Friday, she ran a 26.69 in the final the next day.
Her fellow area sprinters/hurdlers who qualified for three state events didn’t win any of their races, but made the medals stand (top-8 finish) in each, paced by Amari Glasgow of CLAA member Brunswick’s second in the 400-meters dash. He earned that with a time of 50.81, only 0.18 back of the winner.
Caleb Schreiner of Linn County also made full use of his three state opportunities, medaling in the 200- and 400-meters dashes and 110-meters high hurdles. He took fourth in the 400 in 51.21, fifth in the 200 in 23.28, and eighth in the hurdles in 19.32.
Two nearby schools had their lone state participant bring home a medal from one of two events in which each competed.
Southwest Livingston’s Mack Anderson rebounded from some first-day disappointment to claim fourth place in the long jump at 21’3”.
The Wildcats junior settled for 10th place in Friday’s Class 1 high jump, topping out at 6’ even after taking third place at 6’2” a year ago.
Hale sophomore Ethan Hoerr took 14th in Friday’s 1,600 in 4:49.12, but came back strong in the 3,200 Saturday and ran eight in 10:39.13.
A handful of Class 1 state events had two area competitors earn medals, topped by the boys’ 800-meters run in which Meadville’s Dillon Seckington captured the second of his two 2019 state medals by taking second in 2:03.1, 0.7 seconds behind champion Evan Smith of Chadwick. Less than a second behind Seckington in third was fellow senior Keaton O’Dell of Braymer in 2:04.
The combo of Schreiner and Glasgow provided two of the other four area “double-dips.” Junior Glasgow was, as noted, second in the boys’ 400 with senior Schreiner fourth and, in the 200, Schreiner was fifth and Glasgow eighth in 39.23.
Glasgow also was seventh in the 100 in 11.59.
MHS Eagle Seckington’s other solo event – he ran anchor in the Meadville 3,200-meters (4x800) relay that medaled with an eighth-place finish in 8:47.98 Saturday – was the 1,600.
His first race of the meet, it saw him come across the finish line fourth in 4:33.4, 0.28 faster than his closest pursuer.
The recent graduate, who placed fourth in both of those races in 2018, was joined as a 2019 MHS state medalist Friday by relay mates Dominik Gannan, Tanner Berry, and Jace Jacobs, and three other non-seniors.
Sophomore Conner Fletcher fired off a triple jump of 40’8” on the last of his six attempts, slipping him into the medals ceremony in eighth place by two inches. He came up only a half-inch short of seventh.
Junior Jacob Tsikoyak made his best throw in Saturday’s discus on his very first try, firing the implement a very solid 135’6”. That had him in third place after the first round, but, when he failed to improve it, he slipped to fifth after two rounds and eventually settled for seventh when another thrower edged past him by five inches in the second-to-last round.
Also last (28.41) in the 200-meters heats Friday, freshman Lady Eagle Maggie McLain already had advanced to Saturday’s final in the 400. After qualifying eighth the day before, she took seventh in 1:02.72 Saturday.
Like fellow 800 top-3 finisher Seckington, Braymer’s O’Dell was not alone in being a state medal-winner for his school
Jasmine Taylor, who won three medals as a sophomore a year ago, took one home this year, placing third in the 400-meters run she won last year in 58.27 seconds. She ran a 1:00.35 this year.
In Class 2, Hamilton: Penney athletes captured four medals.
On Friday, Graycen Prothero’s first discus throw of the competition went 110’6” and that turned out to be good enough for seventh place.
The following day, after having advanced through prelims Friday, sophomores Brighton Swindler and Sawyer Morrow clinched their medals. Swindler took third place in the girls’ 300-meters low hurdles in 46.64.
Another Lady Hornet claimed the other medal. Hannah Graham finished fifth in the 1,600-meters run Saturday in 5:29.78.
Morrow, who did not reach the finals in the boys’ 200 (10th in 22.94 in the heats), ran an 11.43 in the 100 Saturday to pick up seventh.
Cody Blackwell made sure Polo had a state medalist Friday, firing the javelin 151’11” on his fourth of six throws. That gave him seventh place by only 10 inches and was a foot shy of sixth.
PHS also had Taylor Wagner in the girls’ 800 Saturday, which she finished 13th in 2:39.65
In addition to Glasgow’s medals trifecta. Brunswick had youngster Addi Riley take seventh place in the 100-meters high hurdles finals Saturday in 16.75. However, Wildcat Gus Kussman narrowly missed a medal, having the ninth-best time in the high hurdles prelims Friday – a 16.69.
For Hardin-Central, Bella Anderson and Gracelyn Gibson joined Thacker in medaling at state.
On Saturday, Anderson zinged the javelin 109’6” to earn fifth place after Gibson took seventh behind her champion teammate in the low hurdles in 49.44.
Among area state-meet participants who could not turn that outstanding achievement into the bonus of a state medal, Meadville’s Kaci Ruff tied for 10th in the girls’ high jump Friday, getting over the bar at 4’9” and the Lady Eagles’ 3,200 relay group of Allie Myers, Krysta Meyers, Kiera Holcer, and McLain just missed a medal, finishing ninth. However, they were more than 12 seconds back of the eighth-place group.
Junior hurdler Georganne Zahner, Mendon: Northwestern’s only state qualifier, ran a 49.64 in the 300 lows in the preliminary races Friday, but that was only the 10th-fastest clocking, thus ending her season.
Jamesport: Tri-County’s only participant in the Class 1 meet at Jefferson City High School, Jared Johnson, placed 14th in the high jump Friday, clearing 5’8”.
After earning his repeat medal in the 800 Friday, O’Dell of Braymer placed 12th in Saturday’s long jump, getting his best jump of 19’1/2” on his last try, but finishing about a half-foot shy of advancing to the final flight.