The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

High School Sports

May 25, 2013

Cards' Williams medals in state track

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. —  Logan Williams of Webb City brought home a medal Saturday from the Class 4 MSHSAA Track and Field Championships with an eighth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles.

Williams, a senior, qualified for the finals and broke the school record in Friday’s prelims with a time of 14.95 seconds. His time Saturday was 15.58. Justice Burks of Raytown South won the event in 14.64.

The finals culminated a record-breaking weekend for the Cardinals. Webb City’s 4x400 relay team of Kiante Hardin, Trey Parra, Cooper Smith and Williams broke the school record with a time of 3 minutes, 24.80 seconds in Friday’s prelims but did not qualify for the finals.

The old record of 3:26.24 was set in the mile relay at the 1979 state meet by the team of Rick Mobley, Chris Hughes, Scott Hulett and Ron Alumbaugh. The foursome placed fifth in Class 3A.

Desirea Burge, who broke the school record in the girls’ shot put at the sectional meet, placed 11th with a throw of 36-6. Her toss of 37-7 last week broke the school record of 37-5.5 set by Courtney Spink last year. Buerge placed eighth in the discus Friday.

Carthage picked up a medal when Cameron Priester took eighth place in the 100 with a time of 11.32 seconds. Raymond Wingo of St. Louis University High won the event in 10.85.

Neosho’s Justin McKee won a medal with an eighth-place showing in the long jump. McKee’s jump of 20 feet, 11.75 inches outdistanced E. J. Morgan of Carthage, who was ninth at 20-6.75. Morgan placed third in the triple jump Friday.

“We knew it was going to be hard,” said Carthage head coach Andy Youngworth. “Our goal was to medal in half of our events and we medaled in three out of eight.

“He (Morgan) didn’t make it in any events last year and made it in two events this year. He missed second place (in the triple jump) by 1⁄4-inch.”

Carthage was 13th in the 4x800 relay in 8:09.28 with a team of Hunter Blount, Carter Hensley, Ben Southwick and Dawson Allmoslecher.

Carthage’s Emily Goeken placed sixth in the girls’ discus Friday. “Emily was seeded 10th and finished sixth,” Youngworth said. “It was great for her to come back with a well-deserved medal.”

NEVADA VAULTER PLACES SECOND

Morgan Hold of Nevada placed second in the Class 3 pole vault with a height of 15 feet. Zach Reed of Festus also cleared 15 feet and won the event on a tie-breaker.

“Morgan had been over 15-6 at sectional. We were working on trying to get him over that again,” said Nevada head coach Robert Watts. “We decided to go ahead and jump at 15-3. Over 15 feet two weekends in a row, you can’t complain about that.”

His performance over the last two weeks has generated an interest among college coaches, Watts said. “I’ve been answering a lot of emails from people,” he said.

Shane Williams of Mount Vernon placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 43-10.75. Peyton Mizera of Maryville won the event in 46-11.25. Williams won the long jump and tied for fifth in the high jump on Friday.

Chris Whelen of Carl Junction placed 11th in the triple jump and teammate Conner Rohmiller was 14th.

In Class 3 girls, Emily Sorrell of East Newton was 14th in the 1600 behind winner Taylor Werner of Ste. Genevieve, who won the 800 following her record-breaking victory in the 3200 on Friday.

Ezekiel Elliott of John Burroughs edged Cody Frana of Cassville and won the 300 hurdles in 39.01. Frana, who finished ahead of Elliott in Friday’s prelims, was second in 39.66.

Elliott, an Ohio State football recruit, also won the 110 hurdles, 100 meters and 200 meters.

Shane Murphy of Seneca was 15th and Caleb Littlefield of McDonald County was 16th in the 3200 meters.

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