The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 5, 2013

Prep roundup: Commerce relay teams win two state titles

By Jim Henry
The Joplin Globe

— Commerce won the girls 4x100 and 4x200 relays Saturday in the Class 2A girls OSSAA Track and Field Championships at Carl Albert High School in Oklahoma City.

Commerce’s relay team of Haley Barker, Hannah Barker, Delaney Ballard and Ashley BigEagle won the 4x100 relay in 51.76 seconds and the 4x200 in 1:50.49.

In Friday’s preliminaries, Northeast won the 4x100 with a time of 51.33, three one-hundredths of a second ahead of Commerce. In the finals, Northeast was second in 52.12.

Commerce turned in the fastest time in the 4x200 prelims with a 1:51.50. Commerce won the 4x200 final in 1:50.49 and Wynnewood was second in 1:51.75.

In the 100 meters, Hannah Barker was fifth in 12.94 seconds and Haley Barker was sixth in 12.98. In the 200, Haley Barker was sixth in 27.26. Dava Ballard of Rush Springs won the 100 in 12.71 and the 200 in 25.99.

Commerce was fourth in the team standings with 44 points. Hennessey won the boys’ and girls’ state titles.

Quapaw’s girls were fifth in the 4x800 relay with a time of 10:59.33.

In Class 1A, Lalo Fonseca of Welch was second in the boys’ 1600 meters in 4:51.60 and was fifth in the 3200 meters in 11:00.47. Welch was seventh in the boys 4x800 relay in 9:14.71. Randi Willard of Welch was fourth in the girls’ long jump with a leap of 15-8.5. She cleared 4-6 and tied for 10th in the high jump.

In the boys’ division, Lane Elsenpeter of Fairland tied for fifth in the pole vault with a jump of 12 feet. D.C. Chance of Commerce was 13th in the long jump.

In the Class 3A finals, Cierra Bennett of Wyandotte was fourth in the girls’ 400 in 1:03.0, sixth in the 800 in 2:30.99 and fifth in the long jump with a leap of 15-6.75. Ashlynn Brechisan of Wyandotte was fourth in the shot put with a throw of 36 feet, 3 inches.

In Class 4A girls, Chloe Price of Jay was 10th in the 800 in 2:33.26. Jay was sixth in the 4x800 relay. Vinita won the Class 4A state title.

In the boys’ division, Luke Smith of Jay was 12th in the 1600 in 4:58.21 and 14th in the 3200 in 11:04.34. Taylor Foster of Jay was fifth in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, and Stephen Tanner of Jay was sixth in the discus with a toss of 137-5.


Joplin wins pair of matches

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Joplin’s Jeremy Lynn lost his first match of the season, but the Eagles still earned two victories on Saturday at Columbia. Joplin beat Clayton 6-5 and Kirkwood 8-3.

Lynn fell 8-6 to Clayton’s Mac Rechan in No. 1 singles, but won his match against Kirkwood. Lynn is now 25-1 on the season.

Edran Ali, Brooks Butler, Sam Willcoxon and Duncan Ford each won singles matches against Clayton. Lynn, Luke Frogge, Ali, Butler and Ford won singles matches against Kirkwood.

Joplin improved to 15-3 on the season. The Eagles will compete in the district semfinals at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Joplin Athletic Complex.