The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

High School Sports

May 19, 2012

Foley, Galvan capture titles on first day of Class 1 state track meet

Victoria Foley of McAuley Catholic won the girls discus Friday at the Class 1 MSHSAA Track and Field Championships at Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City.

Foley, a junior, won with a throw of 121 feet, 3 inches on her fifth of six attempts. Her throw eclipsed the mark of 117-9 by the previous leader, Kellie Bays of Humansville, on her second attempt.

“I was just happy I got that,” said Foley, who fouled on her third attempt. “It was nerve wracking.

“I just put my hand where it was supposed to be and I could feel it in my legs,” she said of her winning throw. “It felt really good.”

Foley became the third McAuley athlete to win an event at the state track meet. Sonya Kilongkilong won the 400 meters in 2008 and Cole Moss won the 110 hurdles in 2006.

“I just wanted her to stay calm and stay focused and see how well we could do,” said McAuley track and field coach Brandon Welsh. “She’s really surprising. She threw 130 feet at the conference meet, which would have been a state record if she had thrown it at state.

“She threw 118 at districts and 121 at sectionals, so, really, we thought she was OK,” he said. “She did very well. We thought she was progressing through the week.”

Elsewhere in girls Class 1 prelims, Liberal had the fastest time in the girls 4x200-meter relay and the second-fastest time in the 4x100.

Kacey Ayers of Liberal had the second-fastest time in the 300 hurdles and advanced to the finals in the 200, as did Brittany Ayers in the 800.

Chloe Sowell of Lockwood advanced to the finals in the 400.

In Class 1 boys, Bubba Galvan of Wheaton won the triple jump with a leap of 45 feet. He had the fastest times in the prelims of the 110 hurdles (15.54 seconds) and 300 hurdles (40.08) and will compete in the long jump today.

Jake Jungmann of Liberal was third in the pole vault with a leap of 13 feet, 6 inches. Lance Myers of Jasper placed eighth in the discus, and Chris Saladin of Thomas Jefferson was ninth in the 3200.

Liberal’s qualifiers for today’s finals include the 4x100 and 4x200 relays and Chris King in the 800. Tra Hart of Sheldon qualified in the 200.

In Class 2, Savannah Beaver of College Heights placed second in the 1600 with a time of 5:17.23 and had the fastest time in the 800 prelims (2:20.05). Ryan Beaver was seventh in the 3200 in 10:01.08 and Adam Lewis advanced to the finals in the 400 in 51.69 seconds.

Lamar’s boys placed fourth in the 4x800 relay with a team of Josh Garfield, Zachary Ray, Landon Compton and Drew Buckner. Austin Boice was fifth in the shot put.

Nick Jeffries had the fastest qualifying time in the 300 hurdles and advanced to the finals in the 110 hurdles, along with the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.

Cedric O’Hara of Pierce City advanced in the 200, and Pierce City’s girls had the top qualifying time in the 4x200 relay. Brianna Zebert placed eighth in the high jump, and Krishna Merriman advanced to the finals in the 400.

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