CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — With their overall team depth on full display, Webb City’s girls and boys finished first and second, respectively, in the final team standings at Saturday’s Class 4 District 6 track meet at Bulldog Stadium.
With 10 top-two finishes, the Webb City girls compiled 149 points. Marshfield was second with 131 points and Carl Junction took third with 115.5.
“I think the girls exceeded expectations in a lot of areas today,” Webb City coach Dustin Miller said. “They flipped the script in a few events and I know there were a lot of PRs. They’ve got a lot of momentum right now and I’m really proud of the ladies’ effort today.”
On the boys side, Webb City finished second in the team standings with 130 points. Willard took first with 193.
“I’m really proud of the guys,” Miller said. “We evaluated it coming in and we knew Willard had a really strong group. Willard had a heck of a meet and we had a great meet, too. We qualified everything we wanted to. We qualified in everything we were supposed to and we had kids qualify in the hurdles that weren’t supposed to. I’m really proud of how we performed today.”
The top-four in each event qualified for next weekend’s sectional meet in Waynesville.
Both Webb City squads advanced in 13 events. The girls will have 16 sectional entries, with the boys at 15.
“It was hot and we’re not used to it yet, but I’m proud of the effort,” Miller said. “We’ll see what happens next week. We’re excited for the challenge.”
In addition to the Cardinals, Carl Junction, McDonald County and Monett all had numerous sectional qualifiers.
WEBB CITY HIGHLIGHTS
The Webb City girls had five first-place finishes and five second-place finishes.
Riley Hawkins was a double winner for the Cardinals, as the Missouri Southern signee won the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 22 seconds and took first in the 1600 in 5:39. Hawkins also placed second in the 3200.
Hawkins’ teammate Abi Street won the 3200 in 12:05 and was the runner-up in the 1600 (5:42).
“Just another day at the office for Riley,” Miller said. “Abi Street looked better than what she has in both the 1600 and 3200.”
Webb City’s Dawsyn Decker won the javelin with a toss of 125-7.
The 4×800 relay team of Sophia Crane, Izzy Lopez, Alanna Bundy and Elliett Capron took first in 10:32.
Webb City’s team of Essence Robinson, Lopez, Hawkins and Bundy finished second in the 4×400 relay, while the Cardinals were third in the 4×200, with Robinson, Hally Philpot, Kylie Jennings and Chase Stilley competing.
Ripley Shanks was the runner-up in the pole vault (9-8.5) and Aubree Lassiter took second in the discus (106-2).
Robinson took third in the long jump and the 400, Stilley placed third in the high jump, while Bundy finished third in the 800 and Sami Mancini finished fourth in the shot put.
Webb City’s boys had a top-four showing in 13 events, with four champs and seven runners-up.
Webb City’s Grayson Smith won the pole vault with a new personal best and school record mark of 16-4.75.
“Grayson going five meters in the vault was huge,” Miller said. “He’s come back from his injury well and he’s been vaulting really well in practice. He really wanted five meters today and he got it. He had a PR and is tied for first in the state. He’s top 20 in the nation right now and he’ll have a shot to improve upon that going forward.”
Webb City had two of the top four in the pole vault, as Justin Allen took fourth (12-11.5).
“I know Justin can be an all-stater if things go right,” Miller noted.
The Cardinals were first and second in the javelin, as Trey Roets took first (155-1) and Lucas Ott was a close second (154-3).
“It was big for our guys to go 1-2,” Miller noted.
Evan Stevens won the 3200 with a time of 10:04, while Roman Borboa was the runner-up in two events, the 800 (1:59) and the 1600 (4:30).
William Wolfe finished third in the high jump, while Noah Moss took third in the 110 hurdles.
Finishing fourth in their events were Nathaniel Miller (discus) and Jadon Brisco (300 hurdles).
Webb City advanced in all four relays.
The 4×800 relay team of Jose Antillon, Daunte Smiles, Mason Hedger and Stevens took first in 8:27.
The Cardinals were second in the three other relays.
Webb City’s 4×100 and 4×200 relays featured Jordan Thornburg, Wolfe, Dupree Jackson and William Headrick, while the 4×400 consisted of Headrick, Antillon, Smiles and Wolfe.
CARL JUNCTION HIGHLIGHTS
Carl Junction’s girls won five events and advanced in 10. They’ll have 13 entries at the sectional.
Ally Montez won both hurdle races. A senior, Montez took first in the 100 hurdles in 14.88 seconds and won the 300 hurdles in 45.42.
Carl Junction freshman Sydney Ward won the 100-meter dash in 12.11 seconds and finished first in the 200 with a time of 25.18.
Montez and Ward were part of another event win.
The Bulldogs won the 4×400 relay in 4:08, with Ward, Emily Rice, Delaney Harris and Montez competing.
Carl Junction senior Olivia Vediz finished second in both the long jump (16-8.75) and the triple jump (34-1.5).
Finishing fourth in their events for the CJ girls were Acadia Badgley (pole vault), Sloan Uebinger (100 hurdles), Sadie Burchett (1600), Loren Lee (discus) and Hannah Cantrell (long jump, triple jump).
For the CJ boys, Quin Kennedy took second in the high jump (5-8.75) and Parker Epperson finished fourth in the triple jump (40-1.25).
MCDONALD COUNTY HIGHLIGHTS
McDonald County’s Joshua Pacheco placed third in the triple jump and fourth in the 400, while Logan Harriman was third in the discus and Andrew Moritz took fourth in the javelin.
The Mustangs finished third in both the 4×200 (Pacheco, Dominic Cervantes, Samuel Barton, Esteban Martinez-Olvera) and 4×400 (Hunter Leach, Cervantes, Martinez-Olvera and Pacheco) relays.
For the Mac County girls, Mariana Salas was second in the javelin, while Sosha Howard placed third in the triple jump and Corina Holland was fourth in the 400.
The Mustangs finished fourth in the 4×800 relay, with Anna Price, Clara Horton, Madison Burton and Melysia McCrory competing.
For the Monett girls, Vayla Smith was the champion in the 400 with a time of 1:02.
Monett’s girls took second in the 4×200 relay, with Ashtyn Blakey, Smith, Jenna Herald and Karlee McCallister competing. McCallister finished third in the javelin and was fourth in the 100.
On the boys side, Monett’s Konner Poynter had a memorable day. A junior, Poynter won both the 200 (22.68) and 400 (51.47) while also taking second in the 110 hurdles and placing third in the 100 (11.35).
Class 4 District 6
Girls team standings: Webb City 149, Marshfield 131, Carl Junction 115.5, Bolivar 69, Rogersville 65.5, McDonald County 56.5, Willard 51, Monett 46.5, Hillcrest 42.
Boys team standings: Willard 193, Webb City 130, Marshfield 99, Bolivar 73, McDonald County 64, Hillcrest 62, Monett 47, Rogersville 38, Carl Junction 32.