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SECTIONAL TRACK & FIELD: Webb City, Carl Junction, McDonald County athletes advance to state

SoMo Sports staff reports

WEST PLAINS, Mo. — Webb City, Carl Junction and McDonald County all had multiple state qualifiers at Saturday’s Class 4 sectional 3 meet at West Plains High School.

The top four in each event advanced to next weekend’s state meet in Jefferson City.

One week after capturing a district championship, Webb City’s boys topped the final team standings at the sectional meet with 111 points. Marshfield was second with 95, while West Plains (94) and Rolla (74) were third and fourth. 

Webb City’s girls were fifth in the team standings with 64 points. 

The top four teams were Marshfield (108), Rockwood Summit (92), West Plains (78) and Washington (69).



Webb City’s boys advanced 13 entries to state in 11 events. The team had two qualifiers in two events, the pole vault and javelin. 

The Cardinals won five events and finished second in two others to go along with four third-place finishes and two fourth-place showings.

Junior distance runner Evan Stevens was the sectional champion in two events. Stevens took first in the 1600 with a time of 4:25 and also won the 3200 in 9:47.

Cardinals senior Grayson Smith won the pole vault by clearing 15-11.75. Of course, Smith is the defending state champ in the event.

Webb City junior Nate Miller won the discus with a toss of 157-4 and junior Tucker Liberatore won the javelin with a toss of 171-7.

Sophomore Ryan Reid took second in the high jump (6-0), while junior Jadon Brisco was the runner-up to his teammate in the pole vault after clearing 14 feet. 

Senior Trey Roets was third in the javelin (162-3), sophomore Eric Lathan took third in the shot put (50-10.75) and senior Jordan Thornburg finished fourth in the 100-meter dash (11.26).

The Cardinals advanced to state in three relays, as the 4×200 and 4×800 were third and the 4×400 finished fourth.

Mason Hedger, Dakota Grove, Noah Lankard and Stevens ran the 4×800. 

The 4×400 featured Noah Moss, Gabe Johnson, Mason Hedger and Josh White. 

Webb City’s 4×200 consisted of Thornburg, Gabe Johnson, William Headrick and White.

Webb City’s girls advanced to state in six events.

The Cardinals had two sectional champs, as junior Dawsyn Decker won the javelin with a toss of 139-3 and freshman Brooke Hedger won the 800 in 2:18.

Cardinals senior Abi Street was the runner-up in two events — the 1600 in 5:19 and the 3200 in 11:22.

Junior Aubree Lassiter finished fourth in the discus with a toss of 107-1.

Webb City’s girls finished third in the 4×100 relay in 50.34 seconds, with Kylie Jennings, Chase Stilley, Alyssa Moreno and Essence Robinson competing.



Carl Junction sophomore Sydney Ward was the sectional champion in two events — the 100-meter dash (12.31 seconds) and the 200-meter dash (24.92 seconds).

Carl Junction’s girls had three other individual qualifiers, as junior Acadia Badgley was the runner-up in the pole vault (10-0.5), sophomore Madilyn Olds finished third in the javelin (121-0) and freshman Bella Montez took fourth in the 300 hurdles (49.1).

Carl Junction’s 4×200 relay team of Olivia Battagler, Destiny Buerge, Dezi Williams and Ward advanced by finishing fourth. 

For the Carl Junction boys, senior Donnie Keith advanced by finishing fourth in the discus (137-4).



McDonald County’s boys advanced in three events.

The Mustangs finished second in the 4×400 relay in 3:29, with Dominic Cervantes, Hunter Leach, Dalton McClain and Josh Pacheco running.

The team of Sam Barton, Esteban Martinez-Olvera, Cervantes and Pacheco finished third in the 4×100 relay in 43.69 seconds.

Mac County’s Toby Moore placed third in the discus (141-8) to give the Mustangs an individual qualifier.

McDonald County’s girls 4×400 relay team of Ireona Nirka, Clara Horton, Anna Price and Corina Holland finished fourth in 4:13.



Monett’s Konner Poynter won the 300 hurdles in 39.98 seconds. A senior, Poynter was the runner-up in two events, the 200 and the 110 hurdles.

Monett’s Vayla Smith took second in the girls 400.



WARRENSBURG, Mo. — Nevada senior Drew Beachler claimed a pair of sectional titles at the Class 4 Sectional 4 meet.

Beachler won the long jump with a leap of 22-0.25. He also won the triple jump with a mark of 44-1.25.

Beachler was Nevada’s lone state qualifier.


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