By Richard Polen
Globe Sports Writer
Jasper will have a high-profile presence in the MSHSAA Class 1 Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.
“We’re taking 19 individuals for 19 of the 36 events,” said Jasper assistant coach Ken Godfrey. “The girls have a pretty good chance and the boys, too, for a plaque of some sort.”
Jasper is sending all four girls relay teams. Julie Greer and Lexie Royster will compete in the 100-meter hurdles, Monica Steeves will run the 1600 and 3200, Karrington Garvin will be in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays and Kenedey Chaligoj in the shot put and discus.
Jasper’s girls will compete in 11 events, while the boys will compete in eight events. Missouri Southern recruit Mike Spicer will compete in the long jump, triple jump, high jump and 100.
Spicer, who has jumped 6-7 this spring, went 6-8 last year at the state meet and placed second.
Ubaldo Rivera and Landon Osborn, who have signed with Kansas Wesleyan in football and track, will run in the 4x800 relay. Matt Stump, a sophomore, in ranked No. 5 in the pole vault at 11-6.
McAuley Catholic qualified in the 4x100 relay with Anthony Bertoncino, Greg Carney, Andrew Castillo and Cole Lowry. Shaw Robertson and/or Lathan Vlasin might run in the 4x200, said head coach Patrick Bromley.
The 4x100 relay was fourth at the district meet and second in the sectional behind Midway, the top seed at the state meet. McAuley is seeded No. 2.
“I can honestly say we’re in the mix,” Bromley said. “It would be a pretty cool thing for the 4x100 to do.”
Lowry qualified in the 100 and the long jump, as did Victoria Foley in the girls’ discus and shot put.
Thomas Jefferson’s Chris Saladin qualified in the 3200. Chris King of Liberal is seeded second in the 800 and Kacey Ayers has the second-fastest qualifying time in the girls’ 100 and 300 hurdles and the fourth-fastest time in the 200.
Chloe Sowell of Lockwood is seeded third in the girls’ 400 and teammate Madison Coose is ranked No. 3 in the high jump.
Pierce City’s girls will have the opportunity to defend their state championship in the 4x200 relay after winning the sectional meet in 1 minute, 48.86 seconds.
Emily Ashley, who runs on the relay with Shania Hogan, Bailee Hayward and Krishna Merriman, will compete in the 100, 4x100 relay and pole vault.
“We have a lot of kids going,” said Pierce City head coach Brad Hocker. “The kids who were on the 4x400 are still going in other things. We’re going to have to do a good job in the prelims and take care of business so we can score some points Saturday.”
Cedric O’Hara won the boys’ 200 meters and was second in the 100 in the sectional meet at Fair Grove.
Lamar’s Austin Boice is the No. 1 seed in the shot put with a distance of 55-5. Lamar is ranked 1-2-3 going into the discus with Sam Bailey, Ben Bailey and Boice.
State qualifiers for College Heights are Ryan Beaver in the 800 and 1600, Adam Lewis in the 400, Paul Sherrod and Michael James in the 4x800.
Savannah Beaver of College Heights qualified in the girls’ 800 and 1600 and will run on the 4x800 relay with Kolleen Gladden, Grace Reed and Rosie Stewart.
Kaylynn Harkey of Purdy is tied for the No. 2 seed in the pole vault.