By Richard Polen
Globe Sports Writer
COMMERCE, Okla. —
Matt Riechman-Bennett of Joplin won the 3200 meters and placed third in the 1600 in the 24th Jock’s Nitch/Gorilla Relays on Friday night at Pittsburg State.
Riechman-Bennett, a junior, won the 3200 in 9 minutes, 53.44 seconds, 18 seconds ahead of teammate Kush Bhakta, who was fourth.
“Our distance kids had a breakout meet,” said Joplin head coach Kasey Pliler. “In the 3200, Matt dominated from start to finish. In the mile, he kind of got boxed in in the beginning, but he went out and competed well.”
Stuart McNutt of Blue Valley West won the 1600 in 4:27.69. Bennett was third in 4:31.28.
Joplin was sixth in the 4x800 relay in 8:38.96 with a team of Cade Earp, Riechman-Bennett, Logan Debyle and James Scheuerman.
“Debyle had a nice time on the 4x800 and ran well in the open 800,” Pliler said. “Earp ran a good 4x800, 800 and anchored the 4x400. It was good to see our distance kids come in force and do well.”
Webb City’s Logan Williams, who has signed to play football at Missouri Western, won the 110 hurdles in 15.16 and the 300 hurdles in 40.52. Teammate Jordan St. Clair was third in the 110 hurdles, and Webb City placed second in the 4x400 and third in the 4x200 relays.
Shane Williams of Mount Vernon won the long jump, tied for third in the triple jump and was fourth in the high jump. He has agreed to play football at Northwest Missouri.
E.J. Morgan of Carthage was second in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump. Bryan Burns was third in the discus, and Carthage was second in the 4x800 relay.
In the girls’ division, Sierra Barrett of Carthage was second in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump, and teammate Vanessa Pawlak was second in the long jump, fifth in the 100 and ran the final leg of the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
“Our field events on the girls’ side are pretty tough,” said Carthage head coach Andy Youngworth. “We want to get that big meet atmosphere for our field events. No matter what the meet, they’ve been able to score pretty big points. Those are like hidden daggers because everybody sees the events on the track.”
Carthage was second in the 4x100 relay, fifth in the 4x200 and seventh in the 4x400.
“Sierra also runs on the 4x100 and 4x200, so she has a full plate,” Youngworth said.
Carl Junction’s Hope Joyner was third in the 100 hurdles and Brittney Rose was fourth in the 300 hurdles. Carl Junction was fifth in the 4x800 relay.
Pittsburg’s Chelsea Baker won the triple jump and was third in the high jump, and teammate Brianna Maxwell was second in the shot put and seventh in the discus.
Savannah Beaver of College Heights was third in the 800 and eighth in the 1600. Marley Robeson of Joplin was sixth in the 100.
Courtni Smith of McDonald County was third in the triple jump, fourth in the long jump and fifth in the high jump.