Joplin’s boys dominated the distance events as the Eagles won the Joplin Invitational track and field meet Thursday night at Junge Field.
The Eagles took the top three positions in the 1,600 meters, won by Matt Riechman-Bennett. Kush Bhatka was second and James Tupper was third. Bhatka won the 3,200 meters and Riechman-Bennett was second. Joplin also won the 4x800 relay.
“Our distance runners came out and did a great job,” said Joplin head coach Kasey Pliler. “We’ve brought hardware home every meet we’ve gone to.”
Webb City’s Kiante Hardin won four events — 100, 200 and 400 meters and the long jump. Hardin won the 100 with a time of 10.81 seconds, clocked by a new fully-automated timing system used for the first time at a Joplin varsity home meet. Joplin’s Eli Seay was second in 11.02.
In other highlights, Darren Williams of Joplin won the high jump, Chase Johnston of Carl Junction won the shot put, Justin McKee of Neosho won the triple jump and Carthage’s Jeff Pugh won the discus. Nate Deadmond of Webb City won the 110 hurdles.
In the girls’ division, Joplin finished second behind Ozark’s 137.66 points. Webb City was third and Neosho was fourth.
Tiffany Gilford of Neosho won the 100 meters, 100 hurdles and triple jump. Kylie Hulsey of Neosho won the long jump, Desirea Buerge of Webb City won the shot put and JeLynn Tatum of Carl Junction was second in the 1,600.
Joplin 12, Parkview 8
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Colton Johnson’s home run highlighted a seven-run fourth inning as Joplin defeated Parkview in an Ozark Conference slugfest.
The Eagles (11-4, 2-0 Ozark) and Vikings combined for 26 hits — 17 by the Eagles. Gavin Jones, the Eagles’ No. 3 hitter, went 4-for-4, scored two runs and drove in one. Tyson Hardee contributed three hits, and Chris Leonardi, Tristan Ash, Johnson and Mark Duley all had two hits. Johnson had three runs batted in, and Johnny Maturino, Ash and Kaelin Smith all had two.
Hunter Steinmetz’s grand slam to right field in the bottom of the second inning gave Parkview a 5-1 lead, but the Eagles scored twice in the third on Ash’s RBI double to left-center field and Smith’s sacrifice fly, and they took the lead with their fourth-inning uprising.
Hardee walked to open the inning, and Will Sitton and Leonardi reached on errors to load the bases. Maturino’s double to center scored two runs to tie the game at 5-5, and Jones and Ash delivered RBI singles to put the Eagles ahead. Johnson then slugged a three-run homer to center for a 10-5 lead.
Joplin starter Dylan Barnhart gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings, walked two batters and struck out five. Austin Zengel gave up three runs in the sixth before being replaced by Tyson Fancher, and Smith worked the seventh.
The Eagles have a nonconference game against Neosho at 4:30 p.m. today at Wendell Redden Stadium.