The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 3, 2013

McAuley prepares for district track meet

By Richard Polen
Globe Sports Writer

— McAuley Catholic, fresh off of its Ozark ‘7’ Conference boys championship, will find out how much success will carry over at today’s Class 1 District 3 meet at Midway High School in Cleveland.

Field events are set to begin at 11 a.m. with running events at noon.

The Class 2 District 5 meet at Lamar and the Class 1 District 4 meet at Urbana have been postponed until Monday. Schools assigned to District 4 include Wheaton, Everton and Verona.

McAuley won the boys’ conference meet by scoring 208 points with the help of members of the baseball team, some of whom competed in only their second track meet of the spring.

The weather forecast for Cass County, where Cleveland is located, calls for an 80 percent chance of showers today and a high of 49 degrees.

“I’m at the store trying to pick out something warm to wear,” said McAuley head coach Patrick Bromley late Friday afternoon. “They looked at trying to move it back, but it just created too many conflicts.”

 Lamar convened a meeting of coaches from other schools who decided to reschedule the meet for Monday. Field events are set for 11 a.m. with track preliminaries at 11:30 a.m.

“It’s cold, wet,” said Lamar head coach Rodney Baldridge. “Basically, it was for the safety of the kids as far as injuries.”

Lamar aims to take advantage of its depth at the district meet in much the same way it did in winning the Big 8 Conference earlier this week at Monett. The Tigers scored 204 3/4, and Carl Junction was second with 110.

The Tigers’ Drew Buckner won the 800 and 1600 meters, and Kaden Overstreet took the 3200. The Tigers’ other winners were Cade Payne in the 100, Austin Boice in the shot put, Sam Bailey in the discus and the 4x800, 4x100 and 4x440 relay teams..

Lamar took second place with Jared Beshore in the 100 meters, Payne in the 200, Josh Garfield in the 400, Zachary Ray in the 800, Overstreet in the 1600 and Zane Hull in the 3200.

In the field events, second place went to Landon Compton in the triple jump, Ben Bailey in the discus and Keenan Begley in the shot put.

“We have quite a bit of depth, especially on the track,” Baldridge said.

The district meet at Lamar will include College Heights, Diamond, Miller, Pierce City, Purdy, Sarcoxie and Southwest.

McAuley’s competition at Cleveland includes Thomas Jefferson, Bronaugh, Greenfield, Jasper, Liberal, Lockwood and Sheldon.

Class 3, 4 Districts

Joplin, Webb City, Carthage and Neosho will compete in the Class 4 district meet Saturday, May 11 at Branson.

Carl Junction will be the site of the Class 3 district meet May 11 that includes Aurora, Cassville, East Newton, McDonald County, Monett, Mount Vernon, Nevada and Seneca.

CJHS girls win Big 8

The Bulldogs, led by Hope Joyner’s two victories and two winning relay teams, earned the Big 8 Conference girls team title with 150 points, 21 more than runner-up Lamar.

Joyner won the 100 hurdles and shot put, and the Bulldogs captured the 4x800 and 4x400 relays. Emily Keeter, Alex King and Brittney Rose ran on both relays, and they were joined by Jordyn Capra in the 4x800 and Sydney Koch in the 4x400.

Koch also won the 400 meters.

Lamar’s Kaelyn Sturgell picked up three victories — 300 hurdles, 200 and triple jump.

Emily Sorrell of East Newton doubled in the 1600 and 3200.

Shane Williams shines

Williams, a senior at Mount Vernon who has signed to play football at Northwest Missouri State, was named Big 8 boys athlete of the year after winning the 200 meters, high jump, triple jump and long jump.

Big 8 runner-up Carl Junction had first-place performances by Christian Repsher in the pole vault and Conner Rohmiller in the 400. The Bulldogs also won the 4x200 relay.

Cassville’s Cody Frana swept the 110 high and 300 intermediate hurdles.

Oklahoma State meets

Commerce advanced to the finals in four events Friday in the Class 2A girls OSSAA Track and Field Championships at Carl Albert High School in Oklahoma City.

Haley Barker and Hannah Barker of Commerce qualified for the finals in the 100 meters. Haley Barker was fourth in the prelims with a time of 12.84 seconds and Hannah Barker was seventh in 13.08.

Haley Barker qualified fourth in the 200 with a time of 26.96.

Commerce’s relay team of Haley Barker, Hannah Barker, Delaney Ballard and Ashley BigEagle was edged by Northeast in the prelims of the 4x100 relay. Northeast’s time was 51.33 while Commerce was second in 51.36. Commerce turned in the fastest time in the 4x200 prelims with a 1:51.50.

Quapaw’s girls were fifth in the 4x800 relay with a time of 10:59.33. The 4x400 relay placed ninth and missed the finals.

Wyatt Ball of Fairland missed the boys finals by placing ninth in the 200 and 10th in the 400.

In Class 1A, Lalo Fonseca of Welch was fifth in the boys 3200 meters in 11 minutes, 0.47 seconds. Welch was seventh in the boys 4x800 relay in 9:14.71. Randi Willard of Welch cleared 4-6 and tied for 10th in the girls high jump.