The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


April 21, 2014

Bulldogs sweep own meet

Girls win eight events, boys capture seven

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Carl Junction’s girls won eight events and the boys won seven events as the Bulldogs swept the team titles Monday in the C.J. Bulldogs Invitational at Bulldog Stadium.

Christian Repsher, who broke the school record in the pole vault with a jump of 14 feet at the Jock’s Nitch/PSU Gorilla Relays on April 11, attempted to break his own record.

Repsher easily cleared 13 feet, 6 inches and won the event, but just missed another record when he made contact with the bar on his third attempt at 14-3.

“Of course, I want to be higher,” said Repsher, who said he emphasized speed and upper-body strength in his offseason workouts. “Those are a must have for pole vaulting.”

Chase Johnston and Calvin Bremmerkamp finished 1-2 in the discus, Landen Bray won the 800, Blake Barth won the 3,200 and Carl Junction won the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays. The Bulldogs scored 180 points.

Lavante Jackson of McDonald County led the Mustangs to second place by winning the 200 meters in 23.83 seconds, Connor Underwood won the 1,600, and McDonald County won the 4x800 relay by two-tenths of a second.

Seneca’s Braxton Graham won the 110 hurdles in 16.65 seconds and the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 5 inches. He was fourth in the triple jump.

“Jumping eventually will be my best events,” said Graham, who has signed to play football at Missouri S&T. “I wasn’t as good today. I’m first or second usually.”

Carl Junction’s girls scored 160 points, Joplin was second with 119 and McDonald County was third with 74.5.

JeLynn Tatum of Carl Junction won the 800 and 1,600 meters. Jordyn Capra won the 3,200 meters, and the Bulldogs won the 4x400 and 4x800 relays. Sevie Kinzer won the 100 hurdles, Katie Skaggs won the shot put and Katrin McGriff won the discus.

Leah Shipley of Joplin won the pole vault, Katie Roy won the 300 hurdles and Joplin won the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.

Jessica Henson of Galena, a junior who was a Kansas Class 3A finalist the last two years, won the 100 meters in 13.29 seconds. She won the 200 and 400 as well.

“We’ve added her in the 400, which is helping her stamina and strength,” said Galena coach Dennis Outt. “This year, her best race will probably be the 400.”

Courtni Smith of McDonald County won the high jump and triple jump.

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