The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

High School Sports

May 15, 2012

Webb City earns first district boys track title since 1991

Webb City head coach Mike Smith has never had an athlete advance to the state track and field meet in four events. This year, he has three who could set a new standard.

Jarvis Jones, Alex Christian and Logan Williams will lead the Cardinals at the Class 4 sectional meet Saturday at West Plains.

Webb City claimed its first district track championship since 1991 last Saturday at Ozark with 108 points. Nixa was second with 100 and Ozark was third with 99.

Jones, a senior who signed to play football at Missouri State last February, won the 100 meters at the district meet in 10.85 seconds and placed second in the 200. In addition, he anchored the 4x100 and 4x200 relays that qualified for the sectional meet.

The winning 4x200 relay team of Williams, Trey Parra, Christian and Jones easily broke the school record with a time of 1 minute, 28.72 seconds.

“This has been one of the most pleasant years we’ve had,” said Smith, who is in his ninth season as head coach. “It has been a fun year. We set records last year that we weren’t sure they would break and they’re smashing them.”

Jones, who has been a member of Webb City’s record-breaking sprint relay teams for four years, was a wide receiver and defensive back on the Cardinals’ undefeated state champion football teams in 2010 and 2011.

“I’m looking forward to running for my team,” Jones said. “If I finish second, I’ll be disappointed because I’ll feel like I could have scored more points for the team.

“I just want to make sure I run as hard as I can no matter what race it is because it’s my senior year.”

The Cardinals’ 4x100 relay team of Phoenix Johnson, Christian, Parra and Jones placed second at the district meet and advanced to the sectional.

In addition to the relays, Christian won the long jump with a distance of 21 feet, 11.5 inches, and the triple jump with a leap of 43-3.5.

“The long jump was my first event, so I was ready to go,” said Christian, a senior. “In the triple jump, John (Roderique) was pushing me and our families were there, so it was like a friendly competition.”

Roderique placed third in both events and qualified for the sectional meet as well, along with Clayton Temaat in the shot put and discus.

“When Alex moved in as a sophomore, we didn’t know what he was going to do,” Smith said. “He came out and ran like a deer.”

Williams, a junior, was second in the 100 and 300 hurdles, ran on the winning 4x200 relay and was anchored the 4x400 relay, which placed third. Dalton Humphrey, Parra and Kiante Hardin are the other members of the 4x400 unit.

Webb City’s Felicia Clark led the girls’ 4x200 relay into the sectional by placing third at the district meet.

“Knowing it’s my last year, it was my last chance to do it,” said Clark, a senior. “Our new freshmen girls caught on really fast and at every meet it improved.”

Courtney Spink in the shot put and Sammi White in the 100 hurdles also qualified for the sectional.

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