The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 18, 2013

McAuley's Foley breaks Class 1 state record in discus throw

From staff reports

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Victoria Foley of McAuley Catholic broke the Class 1 state record in the discus Saturday at the MSHSAA Track and Field Championships at Dwight Reed Stadium.

Foley, a senior who has signed with Missouri Southern, broke the record on her third attempt, a throw of 128 feet, 9 inches. The old record was 128-2 set by Nancy Brandt of Fairfax in 1982.

“Honestly, she has a lot more potential,” said Warriors coach Patrick Bromley. “She has a lot of room to grow, and I think you’ll see that at the college level.”

Foley, who came into the meet seeded No. 1 with a distance of 118-3, had a throw of 127-6 on her final attempt.

In the boys’ division, McAuley’s 4x100-meter relay team of Greg Carney, Anthony Bertoncino, Cole Lowry and Andrew Castillo placed third with a time of 45.90. Osceola won the event in 45.61.

The third-place showing was good for six points, the first time McAuley has scored at the boys’ state track and field meet since 2007.

“They ran a 45.92 in the prelims,” Bromley said. “We really thought we were going to win that thing. We had a bad handoff and the kids were upset, but i’m really proud of them.”

McAuley steadily improved after placing fourth in the district meet. Oceola ran in the same district meet and placed third.

Jasper’s boys were fifth in Class 1. Mike Spicer was third in the triple jump and fourth in the 100, and Matt Stump was seventh in the pole vault.

Thomas Jefferson’s Chris Saladin was fifth in the 3200. Liberal’s Colin McNaught was fifth in the 300 hurdles and Jake Jungmann was third in the pole vault with a jump of 12 feet, 6 inches.


Ryan Beaver’s stellar weekend continued with a second-place finish in the 800 with a time of 1:55.59 seconds. That broke the school record of 1:56.92 set by Seth Summerside in 2002.

“That’s big for a junior. Seth was nearly unbeaten that year,” said College Heights head coach Daniel Lewis.

Beaver finished behind Deko Ricketts of Barstow in Kansas City, who broke the Class 2 record with a time of 1:54.78. The old record was 1:55.06 set by Chuck Dobbins of Louisiana in 1986.

“That was huge. It was so fast,” Lewis said. “There’s a famous slogan we’re thinking about putting on our shirts next year. If you can’t win, make sure the one who beats you breaks the record.”

Beaver, who was seeded third in the 1600, won that event Friday with a time of 4:20.19. The class record of 4:15.07 was set by Caleb Hoover of College Heights in 2009.

“His 1600 was good, where he’s five seconds off the state record, but everything being equal, his 800 was even better because he’s less than a second off the state record,” Lewis said.

“That’s quite a Beaver family. Every single one of them has been state champion at least once now. It’s definitely a breakthrough meet. Out of all of them, he never seemed to care about it as much as the others. He may have changed his mind about it.”

In the girls’ division, Savannah Beaver placed second and broke the school record in the 800 by .01 seconds with a time of 2:18.27. That broke the old record set by her sister, Emily Beaver, in 2009.

Her season was in doubt after she sustained a broken ankle last August and did not run cross country last fall.

“There’s no doubt she has fully recovered,” Lewis said. “If she had not had the injury, I have no doubt she would have run 2:15 or better. Having come from where she was at the beginning of the year was huge. She was way behind. She has been worried about that all year.”

Elsewhere in Class 2 girls, Brianna Zebert of Pierce City was eighth in the high jump and ran on the seventh-place 4x100 relay.