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TRACK & FIELD: East Newton boys win Big 8 Meet; McDonald County squads fare well

SoMo Sports staff reports


MOUNT VERNON, Mo. — East Newton’s boys won eight events en route to capturing the team championship at the Big 8 Conference Track Meet on Tuesday night at Mount Vernon High School.

East Newton compiled 120 team points to finish on top of the standings. Marshfield (108), Lamar (82), McDonald County (67) and Springfield Catholic (64.5) rounded out the top five teams. 

A Missouri Southern recruit, East Newton senior Kelton Sorrell won the three individual events—the 800 in 2:09, the 1600 in 4:43 and the 3200 in 10:31. 

Also winning individual events for the Patriots were Michael Crowe (high jump) and Gabe Bergen (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles).

The Patriots won two relays, the 4×800 and the 4×400 relay. 

Sophomore Chase Sorrell was the runner-up to his brother Kelton in the 800, 1600 and 3200. 



For the McDonald County boys, Junior Eliam was the runner-up in the discus, with teammate Logan Harriman fourth. 

Mac County’s Andrew Moritz took second in the javelin, with teammate Ricardo Salas fourth. Joshua Pacheco placed third in the triple jump, Garrett Gricks and Morgan Grider were fourth and fifth in the shot put, while Andrew Watkins finished sixth in the pole vault.

Pacheco finished fifth in the 400, Tyler Rothrock placed sixth in the 800 and Caleb Garvin was seventh in the 3200. 

The team of Hunter Leach, Esteban Martinez-Olvera, Dominic Cervantes and Pacheco finished fourth in the 4×400 relay. 

The Mustangs took fifth in the 4×800 relay, with Rothrock, Mark Wilson, Cervantes and Leach competing. 

Mac County also placed fifth in the 4×200, with Martinez-Olvera, Cervantes, Samuel Barton and Pacheco running. 

McDonald County’s Mariana Salas won the girls javelin with a toss of 35.85 meters.

Also for the MCHS girls, Anna Price finished fourth in the 800, while Gissele Reyes-Luna took fifth in the 300 hurdles and Madison Burton placed seventh in the 3200.

McDonald County’s Peyton Cooper took sixth in the discus, Jada Alfaro was sixth in the shot put and Sosha Howard was seventh in both the long jump and triple jump. 

McDonald County’s 4×400 relay team of Lacey Nix, Corina Holland, Reyes-Luna and Anna Price finished third. The Mustangs were fifth in the 4×800 relay, with Price, Clara Horton, Burton and Melysia McCrory competing.



For the Seneca girls, Katelyn Fyock was fourth in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump, while Isabella Renfro was fourth in the shot put and Rylee Darnell took fifth in the high jump.

Also for the Indians, Danessa Macy was fifth in the 100 hurdles and Cambry Long placed sixth in the 400.  

The Indians finished fifth in the 4×200 relay, with Kamryn Fox, Makenzie French, Long and Addyson Jones competing.



In the boys meet, Lamar’s Trace Willhite won both the discus and the javelin. 

On the girls side, Lamar’s Phajjia Gordon took first in the discus, while Aurora’s Makena Hall won the 100 meter hurdles. Cassville’s girls won the 4×800, with Marianne McCrackin, Tori Mitchell, Annie Moore and Jolie Evans running.


Big 8 Conference Track Meet

Boys team standings: East Newton 120, Marshfield 108, Lamar 82, McDonald County 67, Springfield Catholic 64.5, Cassville 50, Nevada 50, Monett 46.5, Reeds Spring 46, Hollister 44, Logan-Rogersville 28.5, Mount Vernon 24, Aurora 9.5, Seneca 1. 

Girls team standings: Marshfield 119.5, Nevada 102, Lamar 89, Hollister 88, Cassville 76, Monett 59, Logan-Rogersville 48, McDonald County 46, Aurora 40, Seneca 29, Mount Vernon 22.5, Springfield Catholic 13, East Newton 5, Reeds Spring 4. 


FULL RESULTS: Big 8 Championships 2022 – Big 8 results (Raw) (


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