The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

High School Sports

May 1, 2012

Jasper boys, Pierce City girls claim SRVC track titles

Jasper’s Mike Spicer led the Eagles to the team championship Monday in the boys Spring River Valley Conference track meet at Pierce City.

Spicer, a junior, won the high jump and placed second in the long jump and triple jump. But it was his fourth event — the 100 meters — that at first concerned Eagles head coach Dave Davis.

“I thought he would place second or third in the 100 and he false started,” Davis said. “When that happened, I thought that blew it. Our kids really stepped up. That was the big thing.”

Jasper outdistanced Pierce City 110-97 for first place in the team standings. Sarcoxie was third.

Spicer, who competed only in the high jump as a freshman, has developed into a four-event athlete this season, Davis said. “I’ve talked to him about football and going through summer weights. That would help him, too, just getting stronger.

“As a four-event athlete, he was just rushing through them. This year, he’s handling it much better,” Davis said. “I think he’s going to be pretty good in the triple and long by his senior year.”

Spicer, who has a personal best of 6 feet, 7 inches in the high jump, won with a leap of 6-6. He was second in the long jump (19-8.3) and triple jump (39-9.6).

Jed Kaderly, a junior, gave the Eagles a lift by winning the shot put. “That was a big difference, too,” Davis said. “We had all the baseball players out and they scored 19 points.”

Jasper was second to College Heights in the 4x800 relay, and freshman Matt Stump was second in the pole vault.

Ryan Beaver of College Heights won the 3200 and was second to teammate Adam Lewis in the 400.

Jasper’s girls were fourth in the team standings, led by a second-place finish by the 4x200 relay team of Karrington Garvin, Julie Greer, Whitney Davis and Lindsey Porter.

Freshman Monica Steves, who Davis said missed the first half of the season with a stress fracture, placed second to Kolleen Gladden of College Heights in the 3200.

Pierce City’s girls won all four relay events on the way to their fourth straight team championship. Krishna Merriman, a junior, won the 200 and 400 and anchored the winning 4x200 and 4x400 relays.

“These girls can score points in a lot of places,” said head coach Brad Hocker. “She does so much for our track team.”

Sara Stearns, who has agreed to play softball at Missouri Southern, won the shot put and discus. Briana Zebert, a junior, returned from an injury and won the long jump and was second in the high jump.

Emily Ashley, a junior, ran the first leg of the sprint relays and was second in the 100. Christine Younker won the 100 hurdles and was third in the 300 hurdles, and Makina Kelley won the pole vault. Brooke Ridenhour, a freshman, was second in the 800.

In the boys division, Pierce City’s Cedric O’Hara set a school record in the 200 with a time of 22.44 seconds. He won the 100 in 10.88.

Pierce City’s Logan Deems, a freshman, won the discus, and Zack Hyde, a sophomore, won the triple jump.

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