POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — College Heights Christian, Thomas Jefferson Independent and McAuley Catholic all had athletes secure state berths by finishing in the top-four of their respective events at sectional track meets on Saturday at School of the Ozarks.
CLASS 1 SECTIONAL 4
Highlighted by three wins in the relays, the College Heights boys advanced to state in six events and finished second in the team standings with 60 points. Hermitage was first with 85.
The Cougars won the 4×100 relay in 45.83 seconds, with Zach Beaty, Colsen Dickens, Ethan Ukena and Matt Williams competing.
College Heights also took first in the 4×200, as Beaty, Dickens, Caleb Quade and Ukena recorded a time of 1:35. CHC’s 4×400 recorded a winning time of 3:38 and featured Beaty, Dickens, Derrick McMillan and Quade.
Also for College Heights, Dickens finished second in the 400 (52.8) and Ukena was the runner-up in the triple jump (40-11.75).
Williams placed fourth in the 100-meter dash in 11.94 seconds. A sophomore, Williams just missed advancing in the 200, as he finished fifth.
Thomas Jefferson’s Kip Atteberry advanced to state in three individual events. The junior won the 1600 in 4:39, took first in the 3200 in 10:33 and finished second in the 800 in 2:03. Cavaliers coach Junior Joseph said Atteberry set new school record times in both the 800 and 1600.
TJ’s Elias Rincker finished third in the 300 hurdles in 45.09 seconds to advance.
McAuley Catholic did not have a state-qualifier on the boys side. Michael Parrigon just missed advancing in the 1600, as he finished fifth. Parrigon was also sixth in the 800 and Joe Staton was sixth in the pole vault. McAuley’s 4×400 and 4×800 relays both finished eighth.
Thomas Jefferson’s girls advanced in four events.
Thomas Jefferson’s 4×100 relay team of Avery Hocker, Nico Carlson, Gabbi Hiebert and Alivia Beard finished third in a school record time of 54.27 seconds. The Cavaliers also finished third in the 4×800, with Macie Shifferd, Samantha Seto, Mia Grubbs and Sarah Mueller recording a time of 11:51.
TJ’s Avery Hocker was the runner-up in the triple jump (31-11.5) and Lannah Grigg placed third in the discus (85-8),
McAuley Catholic’s Kendall Ramsey placed third in the 3200 with a time of 13:41. A sophomore, Ramsey was also seventh in the 1600.
In other boys highlights, Lockwood’s Connor Lewandowski won the 100-meter dash, Liberal’s Caleb Suschnick was the triple jump champ and Jasper’s Juan Rivera won the pole vault.
On the girls side, Liberal’s Abby Barton won the 800 and Jasper’s Crystal Smith won both hurdles races and the high jump.
CLASS 2 SECTIONAL 3
POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — College Heights Christian’s girls competed at the Class 2 Sectional 3 meet hosted by School of the Ozarks. The Cougars had state-qualifiers in six events.
College Heights junior standout Addie Lawrence won two individual events.
Lawrence crossed the line first in the 200-meter dash in 26.3 seconds and also took first in the 400-meter run in 58.16 seconds.
The Cougars also won two relays. The CHC team of Jayli Johnson, Lawrence, Lauren Ukena and Emily Winters won the 4×200 in 1:48. College Heights’ 4×400 relay won in 4:10 and featured Johnson, Lawrence, Ukena and Katie Moss.
Also for the CHC girls, Johnson was third in the 400 (1:01) and Ukena took fourth in the 300 hurdles (51.39).
CHC’s girls just missed qualifying in the 4×800, as Marla Anderegg, Madelynn Jordan, Moss and Winters finished fifth.
College Heights finished fourth in the team standings with 62 points. Skyline (84), Spokane (72) and Blue Eye (67) were the top three teams.
In other girls highlights, Sarcoxie’s McKenna Bass and Miller’s Payten Richardson finished second and third, respectively, in the 100-meter dash. Sarcoxie’s Madison Chrisman took second in the 100 hurdles and Diamond’s Jernie DeWitt was the runner-up in the triple jump. Pierce City’s Hayden Kramer placed third in the discus and Sarcoxie’s Nikki Roth was fourth in the javelin.
In boys highlights, Miller’s Beau Hall won the 100, while teammate Brenden Thom took first in both the 200 and 400. Diamond’s Chase Housh was second in the 400, while Sarcoxie’s Gabreal Price was the runner-up in the javelin. Sarcoxie’s Jaron Malotte placed third in both the 110 hurdles and the pole vault and Sarcoxie won the 4×100 relay.
The MSHSAA Class 1-2 Track & Field Championships are May 20-21 in Jefferson City.