By Michael Davison
Globe Sports Writer
McAuley Catholic won both the girls and boys team titles at Tuesday's Ozark 7 Conference track meet.
The Warriors jumped out to a significant advantage after the field events and cruised to win by 50 points over Southwest. The Lady Warriors were in third place after six events and rallied to win with 155 points to host Thomas Jefferson's 124 and Wheaton's 107.
"We were worried about that a little," said junior Katie Perrey. "We were behind until about halfway through, then it was back and forth for a while before we pulled it out.
"But it was great to win this. We've never won this since I've been here."
Perrey won the 100-meter dash, the 200 and the long jump while running on the winning 1,600 relay team.
Also winning four events for McAuley was senior Cole Moss, who collected gold in the 110 and 300 hurdles, the 200 and the 1,600 relay. Moss also plays baseball for the Warriors, practicing both when he can.
"It's tough but I try to get on the track as much as I can," he said. "I try to get on the track to work on hurdles. With running, you can do that anywhere, but with the hurdles, you need to be on a track."
Other individual champions for the Warriors were Chris Hughey in the discus, Matt Ryan in the shot put, Brandon Roark in the 100 and Arvie Kilongkilong in the triple jump and the 400.
"Since Arvie just can concentrate on track, he's going to be really good," Moss said about the sophomore. "If I put up any school records, I need to make sure they're pretty good or he'll break them before he's done.
"The girls are coming on, too. They're going to be really good the next few years."
The Lady Warriors have two senior throwers in Whitney Schroer and Emily Sonaty and one junior in Perrey. Sophomore Kristin Wilmes won the 400 and the Lady Warriors won three relays: the 400, 800 and 1600.
Otherwise it was depth that pulled the Lady Warriors through to the title. For example, McAuley went 1-2-3 in the long jump with Perrey, Erin O'Keefe and Sarah McCann.
Thomas Jefferson's 124 points was scored by six athletes. The Lady Cavaliers went 1-2-3 in the 100 hurdles with Summer Davidson (who also won the 300 hurdles), Kasey Jackson and Allison Fraum. Carly Luebber won the shot and discus while finishing runner-up to teammate Drew Tillis in the triple jump. Fraum won the 800 and 1,600.
"What we have competes well, we just need more of them," said Thomas Jefferson coach Cleo Elbert. "They do well, we just run out of kids.
Southwest senior Glen Buttrum also won four races in the 800, 1,600, 3,200 and the 1,600 relay. The Trojans scored 149 points to McAuley's 199 in the team race. It was their best finish in several years.
"This was a great meet," Elbert noted. "There were a lot of good athletes here."
By Michael Davison