The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 4, 2013

Lowry leads McAuley qualifiers at district track

By Richard Polen
Globe Sports Writer

— Cole Lowry and two of McAuley Catholic’s boys relay teams advanced at the Class 1 District 3 track and field meet Saturday at Midway High School in Cleveland.

Lowry won the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 11.5 inches and was fourth in the 100 meters.

McAuley’s 4x100 and 4x200 relays placed fourth and advanced to the sectional meet. Greg Carney, Anthony Bertoncino, Lowry and Shaw Robertson ran on both relays.

“We had an issue with the handoffs on the 4x200,” said McAuley head coach Patrick Bromley.

“On the 4x100, our anchor (Carney) pulled a muscle in the last 30 meters, but I just told him to survive and advance,” he said. “We had to pull him out of the 300 hurdles, which is a shame because he could have qualified.

“We’re in a tough district, but I do know Cole Lowry stands a really good chance,” he said. “He’s starting to learn how to be a track athlete. He was seeded 12th in the 100 and came out of there in fourth. I was a little surprised, but he said he wasn’t surprised.”

The sectional meets for Classes 1A and 2A are scheduled for Saturday at Fair Grove.

In the girls’ division, Victoria Foley, who is the defending Class 1 state champion in the discus, won the discus and the shot put.

“She took care of business,” Bromley said. “She didn’t throw as well as she wanted to in the shot, but the good thing is she still won, so that has to be good for her to look back on.”


Jasper’s girls won the district championship with 139.5 points. Midway was second and Lockwood was third.

“We are going to take 16 of the 18 events to the sectional,” said Jasper assistant coach Ken Godfrey. “This is one of the best years we’ve had in a long time, both boys and girls.”

Whitney Davis, a junior, anchored the winning 4x800 relay, the 4x200, which was third, and the fourth-place 4x400 relay. She was fourth in the 400.

Jasper won the 4x100 relay with a team of Karrington Garvin, Keylee McCutcheon, Haley Bennett and Audra Etcheson.

Monica Steeves of Jasper was second in the 1600, third in the 3200 and ran on the 4x800 relay along with Larissa Atnip. Bri Cawyer ran on the 4x400 and 4x800 relays and was second in the 800.

Other sectional qualifiers for Jasper include Kennedy Chaligoj in the discus and shot put, Lexie Royster in the 100 hurdles, long jump and triple jump, Julie Greer 100 hurdles and Etcheson in the pole vault.

Liberal’s Kacey Ayers won the 100 and teammate Rachel Dugan advanced in the discus. Tearra Mims of Thomas Jefferson advanced in the 200, as did Sheldon’s Chelsea Laning in the shot put and Caitlin Claflin in the 3200

In the boys’ division, Jasper scored 106 points and placed third behind district champion Drexel and Midway.

Mike Spicer, who missed the conference meet because of an injury, won the high jump, was second in the 100, third in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump.

Jed Kaderly won the shot put. Other Jasper sectional qualifiers are the 4x800 relay team, Matt Stump in the pole vault, Jacob Holliday in the 1600 and Austin Sweeny in the 110 and 300 hurdles.

Other sectional qualifiers include Reed Worsley of Sheldon in the high jump, Jake Jungmann of Liberal in the pole vault and Kasey Jones of Sheldon in the 1600 and 3200.

Liberal’s Colin McNaught qualified in the 300 hurdles along with Chris King and Kyle Kentner in the 800 and the 4x400 relay.