By Ryan Atkinson
Globe Sports Writer
CARL JUNCTION, Mo. —
Hope Joyner logged her personal best in the 100-meter hurdles four track meets ago and then spent the last month trying to do it again.
She picked a great time to get it done.
Joyner, a Carl Junction senior, set a school record and won the 100 hurdles on Saturday at the Class 3 District 6 track meet on her home track.
“I felt like a ran a pretty strong race and had the wind at my back,” she said. “I felt fast and I knew I had broken it when coach (Mark Robertson) gave me that look.”
Joyner’s time of 15.63 seconds was 0.13 seconds faster than Taitum Mead’s previous record from 2011.
“My best had been 15.93 forever,” Joyner said. “I ran that four meets ago and couldn’t do it again. But I kept working hard in the weight room and in the track to get that record.
“I had a strong start and finish and it really helped that it kept going through my mind that this would be the last time I got to run on this track.”
Joyner also qualified in the shot put with a heave of 36 feet, 6 1/4 inches.
It was a solid day for the Carl Junction squads. The girls finished second as a team while the boys took third. The two combined for 18 qualifications into the sectional round.
Bolivar swept the team titles — the girls piling up 120 points to top Carl Junction by 25 and the boys clipping second-place Nevada 96-80.
Mount Vernon senior Shane Williams had a day to remember, winning his three events in the jumps.
Williams, a Northwest Missouri football signee, entered the day as the top seed in the long jump and high jump. He won those two and added a win in the triple jump.
“It felt great,” he said. “I knew I had to come in and be consistent and I was able to do that.”
Williams’ leap of 6-2 won the high jump and his distance of 20-8 3/4 was more than a foot better than the second-place mark in the long jump.
He took one attempt at the triple jump and landed 43 feet, 4 3/4 inches later. It was good enough to win by nearly three feet.
“The triple jump has been pretty hard on by legs this year,” he said. “So I took one jump and felt comfortable with it.”
Carl Junction’s Chris Whalen was second in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump to advance in both events. His 40-2 triple jump was just 4 1/4 inches behind the second-place jump from Nevada’s Morgan Hold.
Hold won the pole vault with a height of 14 feet.
Cassville’s Cody Frana swept the boys hurdles, winning the 110 by more than a second with a time of 14.87 and the 300 by nearly two seconds with a time of 40.78.
Springfield Catholic’s Evan Craig won the 1600 and 800 by a combined three seconds.
On the girls side, East Newton’s Emily Sorrell swept the distance races, winning the 3200 in 12:30.8 and the 1600 in 5:26.9.
Catholic’s Erin Roebuck won the 200 and the 400.