The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

High School Sports

April 17, 2012

Williams, Smith shine at Carl Junction Invitational

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Logan Williams of Webb City and Courtni Smith of McDonald County were the leading scorers Monday in the Carl Junction Invitational track and field meet.

Williams, a junior, won the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, placed second in the high jump and ran the anchor leg in the Cardinals’ come-from-behind victory in the 4x400 relay.

“I was trying to break the school record (in the 100 hurdles) and I was two-tenths of a second off that, so it’s alway fun,” said Williams, whose time of 15.45 seconds was one one-hundredth of a second short of a personal best.

Williams won the 300 hurdles in 40.54 seconds, a personal best, high jumped 6 feet, and edged Neosho and Carl Junction in the 4x400 relay. Webb City won the boys’ division with 173 points, Carl Junction was second with 82 points and McDonald County was third.

Smith, a sophomore, won the triple jump, long jump and high jump and placed third in the 200. McDonald County was third in the girls’ team standings behind champion Neosho and Webb City.

“We only have 20 girls,” said Zac Nelson, in his first season as Neosho’s head coach. “Our girls have really pushed themselves and done a great job. I couldn’t be more pleased with them.”

Neosho won the 4x800 relay, and Sydney Anderson won the 3,200 and placed second in the 1,600.

McDonald County’s boys benefitted from the return of pole vaulter Cody Hobbs, who placed second, and Dillion Williams, who was second in the 200.

“It’s their first meet since early in the season,” said McDonald County head coach Bruce Stancell, whose team won the 3,200 relay. “We’re coming back from injuries and getting stronger. If we keep working hard, we’ll be all right.”

Webb City’s boys broke two meet records. The 4x100 relay team of Phoenix Johnson, Alex Christian, Trey Parra and Jarvis Jones won in 43.45 seconds, and the 4x200 relay of Parra, Rupert Williams, Christian and Jones set a new record in 1:30.8.

Christian won the long jump and triple jump, Jones won the 100 and 200 and Dalton Humphrey won the 400.

Christian Repsher of Carl Junction won the pole vault with a leap of 13 feet, and teammate Brindin Berliew won the shot put. Chris Renteria of Monett won the 1,600 and 3,200.

In the girls’ division, Webb City’s Courtney Spink won the shot put and discus, Natalie Capron won the 1,600 and freshman Sammi White was third in the triple jump, long jump and 300 hurdles. She placed fourth in the 100 hurdles.

“Our girls are doing a better job of preparing themselves to race or jump,” said Webb City girls coach Jeremy Butler. “I like the attitude our girls bring. It’s real positive.”

Carl Junction’s Brittany Rose won the 300 hurdles, Hope Joyner was second in the 100 hurdles and Emily Keeter was second in the 800. Carl Junction won the 4x400 relay by 7.5 seconds ahead of second-place Webb City.

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