The Joplin Globe
Postseason track competitions begins today for the largest high schools in southwest Missouri as a Class 4 district meet will be held at Branson and a Class 3 meet is at Carl Junction.
The time schedule is the same at both sites: 11 a.m. field events, 11:30 running preliminaries and 1:30 p.m. running finals.
The top four finishers in each event qualify for next weekend’s sectional competition, the final step before the state meet in Jefferson City.
Joplin, Webb City, Carthage and Neosho are entered in the Branson district.
Webb City hurdler Logan Williams is the top seed in both the 110-meter highs and 300 intermediates, and teammate Kiante Hardin has the fastest time in the 400.
The Cardinals also are the favorite in the 4x400 relay.
In the field events Carthage’s E.J. Morgan and Bryan Burns have the top marks in the triple jump and discus, respectively.
Top seeds in the girls division include Webb City’s Sammi White in the 100 hurdles, Neosho’s Kylee Hulsey in the high jump and Sydnie Lowe in the 300 hurdles and Carthage’s Sierra Barrett in the triple jump and the Tigers’ 4x100 relay team.
Joplin’s girls have two No. 3 seeds — Emma Hueller in the shot put and Marley Robeson in the 300 hurdles.
The Class 3 meet at Carl Junction includes three athletes with two No. 1 seeds — East Newton’s Emily Sorrell (1600, 3200), Mount Vernon’s Shane Williams (high jump, long jump) and Cassville’s Cody Frana (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles).
Other top marks in the boys meet include Carl Junction’s Nick Thompson in the 100, East Newton’s Ian Plemmons in the shot put, McDonald County’s Caleb Littlefield in the 3200, Nevada’s Morgan Hold in the pole vault and Dalton Hendren in the 200 and Carl Junction’s 4x200 and 4x400 relays.
Carl Junction girls have the fastest times in both hurdle events — Hope Joyner in the 100 and Brittany Rose in the 300.
The Bulldogs’ 4x800 relay team is also a No. 1 seed.
Other favorites include Ashley Shumaker of Nevada in the high jump, Courtni Smith of McDonald County in the triple jump, Tamiaya Henderson of Mount Vernon in the shot put, Aurora in the 4x200 and Mount Vernon in the 4x100.