By Richard Polen
Globe Sports Writer
PITTSBURG, Kan. —
Carthage head coach Andy Youngworth said he’s cautiously optimistic about his team’s chances at the Class 4 sectional track and field meet Saturday at Ozark.
“I like how we stack up, but especially in the relays, you never know for sure,” Youngworth said. “it’s certainly a lot better than going in the opposite of that.
“Our field events on the boys’ side, in those events we have chances to get out. We have a lot of events where we could do something.”
Carthage’s E.J. Morgan and Kennan Harrison are seeded 1-2 in the boys’ triple jump. In the discus, Bryan Burns is ranked No. 2, and Carthage is ranked No. 2 in the 4x800.
Justin McKee of Neosho leads qualifiers in the long jump. In the 4x200, Neosho is seeded second and Webb City is fourth, while Neosho is fourth in the 4x100.
Logan Davidson and Darrian Guillory of Neosho are tied for the No. 4 seed in the high jump with a heighth of 6 feet.
Alec Harmell of Webb City is in a group of four pole vaulters who have cleared 14 feet. Kiante Hardin is ranked fourth in the 400.
Logan Williams of Webb City is ranked fourth in the 300 hurdles and fifth in the 110 hurdles, and the Cardinals have the second-fastest time in the 4x400 relay.
In the girls’ division, Desirea Buerge of Webb City and Emily Goeken of Carthage qualified in the discus.
Marley Robeson of Joplin has the No. 5 seed in the girls’ 300 hurdles and qualified in the 100 hurdles. Joplin qualified in the 4x200 relay with a team of Jena Herr, Katie Roy, Aliyah Vogt and Leah Rader. Carthage also qualified in the 4x200 relay.
Other qualifiers include Kylee Hulsey of Neosho in the high jump; Sammi White of Webb City in the long jump and triple jump; Vanessa Pawlak of Carthage in the long jump; Sierra Barrett and Kim Teed of Carthage in the triple jump, and Buerge, Goeken and Emma Hueller of Joplin in the shot put.
In Class 3 girls, Hope Joyner of Carl Junction has the fastest qualifying time in the 100 hurdles and teammate Brittney Rose is the No. 3 seed in the 300 hurdles. Carl Junction qualified in the 4x400 relay.
Ashley Shumaker of Nevada is seeded second in the high jump, just ahead of Courtni Smith of McDonald County, who is tied for the No. 3 seed. Smith is the No. 2 seed in the triple jump.
In the boys’ division, Shane Williams of Mount Vernon is seeded second in the high jump and triple jump and fifth in the long jump. Teammate Pierce Gibson is seeded third in the high jump.
Cody Frana of Cassville leads qualifiers in the 110 hurdles and has the second-fastest time in the 300 hurdles. Dalton Hendren of Nevada is the No. 2 seed in the 200.
Morgan Hold and Steffen Ogle of Nevada occupy two of the top three spots going into the pole vault.
Carl Junction’s qualifiers include Nick Thompson in the 100 and the 4x200 relay team.