The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 2, 2013

Neosho, Ozark win Redbird Relays

By Richard Polen
Globe Sports Writer

WEBB CITY, Mo. —  Neosho’s boys and Ozark’s girls captured the team championships Monday night in the Redbird Relays at Cardinal Stadium.

Neosho’s boys, who placed second last week at the Carthage Invitational, continued their resurgence. Ryan Taylor won the 400 meters and was third in the 200, Isaac McMaster was second in the 300 hurdles and Logan Davidson was second in the high jump.

“Every day, he (Taylor) comes to practice and he really pushes himself,” said head coach Zac Nelson. “Another area where we have improved is our distance runners. Garrett Ward and Chance Burr are really coming along. And we’re getting points from our jumpers, which we didn’t get last year.”

Webb City’s Logan Williams, who stumbled on the second hurdle, placed second in the 110 hurdles, then won the 300 hurdles.

“Alec Harmel won the pole vault at 13 feet, which is pretty good on a cold night, and the 4x200 got through all of their exchanges,” said Webb City boys head coach Mike Smith.

Webb City won the 4x200 relay with a team of Kiante Hardin, Cooper Smith, Trey Parra and Williams.

Harmel, who won the pole vault at Carthage with a height of 13-6, said he was satisfied with his performance. “I had some good vaults,” he said. “I would have liked 13-6 again. I just feel like everyone did really well in this weather.”

Webb City placed third in the team standings in both the boys and girls divisions.

Savannah Beaver of College Heights, who missed the cross country season last fall because of a broken ankle, won the girls’ 1600 meters and placed second in the 800.

“I’m still a little sore from Thursday’s meet at Galena,” she said. “It has been a rough start without a cross country season under my belt.”

Beaver ran the 1600 in 5 minutes, 44 seconds. “It was pleased with that,” she said. “This is my first meet I’ve been pretty satisfied with.”

Miami’s Alyssa Hammons won the 200, 400 and the high jump, and Miami’s boys won the 4x800 relay with a team of seniors Diarmid McMillan, Dylan McCoy and Nathan Riley along with junior Shaun Boyd.

Miami’s Ashlynn Waltz won the girls’ discus and Jeff Johnston won the boys’ discus.

“The thing we like about this meet is we get to see different people,” said Miami boys head coach Rick Simpson. “Plus, the competition is good. But the real reason we like coming here is the hospitality.”

Carl Junction head coach Mark Robertson, whose boys and girls teams placed second, said he wasn’t concerned about times and distances as much as form and execution.

“In this, we just want our kids to compete,” he said. “In the 4x100, what we’ve been working on is good, smooth handoffs, and that’s what we got tonight. Boys and girls both, we got smooth handoffs. I’m excited about what’s going to happen on both sides.”