The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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April 13, 2012

Joplin's Mariah Sanders wins pole vault at PSU Gorilla Relays

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Mariah Sanders of Joplin won the girls pole vault Friday in the rain-shortened Jock’s Nitch/PSU Gorilla Relays.

Sanders, who signed with Missouri Southern on Thursday, cleared 10 feet and was the winner in a tiebreaker with Eley Meeth of Wichita Southeast. Holly O’Dell of Joplin was third and Autumn Marchisio of McDonald County tied for sixth.

Most of the track events were cancelled when a line of thunderstorms moved through the area late in the afternoon.

Courtney Spink of Webb City was fourth in the shot put, followed by Brenda Hinojosa of McDonald County, who was fifth, and Hope Joyner of Carl Junction, who was sixth. Joyner was seventh in 100 hurdles.

“Hope Joyner set a personal record in the shot put (33 feet, 9 inches),” said Carl Junction head coach Mark Robertson. “She and Brittany Rose in the hurdles are tough, gritty girls who are getting better every meet.”

Sydnie Lowe of Neosho was fourth in the 100 hurdles, followed by teammate Tiffany Gilford, who was fifth.

Kaylee Morgan of Carthage was second in the 100 meters behind Leslie Lindsey of Olathe Northwest. Caitlin Bales of Grove was third and Kori Dodson of Liberal was fifth.

Mackenzie Dunbar of Riverton was second to Katren Riebolt of Fort Scott in the 1600 meters. Savannah Beaver of College Heights was fifth and Michaela Werner of Grove was sixth.

In the boys division, Jarvis Jones of Webb City won the 100 meters in 10.88 seconds. Matt Magee of Carl Junction was fourth in 11.34.

“He had a terrible start, too,” Robertson said of Magee. “Our sprinters are starting to come around. We’re getting better.”

E.J. Morgan of Carthage was second in the triple jump and teammate Kennan Harrison was sixth. Alex Christian of Webb City was fourth and freshman Jason Wilder of Joplin was seventh.

Stefan Stokes of Carthage won the 110 hurdles, followed by Luke Norris of Columbus, Logan Williams of Webb City and Nick Jeffries of Lamar. Colton Simmons of Joplin was sixth.

Grove’s 4x800 meter relay team placed second behind Blue Valley West. Grove’s relay team consisted of Ryan Wheatley, Dallas Sorrels, Bill Nixon and Javier Lara.

Garrett Wood of Neosho broke the meet record in the 2000 steeplechase but finished second to Cory Wheaton-Werle of Lee’s Summit.

Ben Bailey of Lamar placed second in the discus. Brian Burns of Carthage was fourth and Sam Bailey of Lamar was fifth. Jacob Wall of Carl Junction placed fifth in the javelin.

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