The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 18, 2013

Lamar sweeps discus, leads Class 2 meet after first day


The Joplin Globe

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Lamar placed 1-2-3 in the discus and led the team standings after the first day of the boys’ Class 2 MSHSAA Track and Field Championships at Dwight Reed Stadium.

Sam Bailey won the discus with a toss of 170 feet, 2 inches. Ben Bailey was second and Austin Boice was third.

“They did a good job,” said Lamar head coach Rodney Baldridge. “We got off to a pretty good start. We competed well.”

Ben Bailey’s best throw of lthe day was 162-1 and Boice was third at 160-6.

The Tigers got a bonus when Landon Compton, who was ninth going into the finals of the triple jump, recorded his best jump of the day at 43 feet, 4.25 inches and placed fourth.

Lamar had the fastest time in the prelims of the 4x200 relay and the second-fastest time in the 4x100 relay.  “We’ll be happy to take second in the relays,” Baldridge said. “Our 4x800 is pretty strong, too. We hope they will be, anyway.”

Cade Payne won his heat in the 100 prelims and had the fourth-best qualifying time. He qualified for the finals along with Jared Beshore and advanced in the 200, as well. Lamar’s 4x400 relay also advanced to the finals.

Lamar has 34 points after one day of competition. College Heights Christian, Malden, Principia and Monroe City have 10 points each.