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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Weather doesn’t harm Neosho at Missouri State Relays

  • Before the Neosho track and field team stepped off the bus in Springfield, Mo., on Tuesday, Wildcats coach Zac Nelson addressed his team about the dreary conditions outside: “We told them, ‘we’ve all had to deal with (the conditions). Have a strong mind and go out there and compete your best.’”
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  • Before the Neosho track and field team stepped off the bus in Springfield, Mo., on Tuesday, Wildcats coach Zac Nelson addressed his team about the dreary conditions outside: “We told them, ‘we’ve all had to deal with (the conditions). Have a strong mind and go out there and compete your best.’”
    His athletes took heed of the message as the boys finished in sixth place and the girls eighth at the 91st Aldo Sebben Missouri State Relays at Missouri State University.
    Just four days after turning in his best performance of the season — placing second in the 2000 meter steeplechase at the famed KU Relays on Friday, finishing behind a runner who ran the fifth fastest time in the history of the event — Neosho’s Garrett Wood was at it again on Tuesday, medaling with an eighth-place finish in the 1600 run and fifth as part of the 4x800 relay team.
    The Wildcats also had two individual champions, with one on the girls and another on the boys’ side, as Kylee Hulsey won the high jump with a height of 4’8, and Isaac McMaster crossed the line first in the 300 hurdles in 42.85.
    The Wildcats’ times certainly weren’t their best of the season, but the conditions made everyone a bit slow on Tuesday.
    “It was pretty nasty today and the times reflect that, of course,” Nelson said. “They’re certainly not going to be our best times, but I thought the kids did well. Finishing sixth and (eighth) out of 30 teams was really good. I’m pleased with how we did in several areas.”
    The boys 4x200 relay team of Darrian Guillory, Justin McKee, McMaster and Ryan Taylor snuck up on some people, Nelson said, and took second place in 1:34.32. That same group also took second in the 4x100 relay in 46.22.
    Sydnie Lowe had a good day for the girls’ squad, too. She placed fourth in both the 100 and 300 hurdles.
    “Isaac (McMaster) had a really good day again and the field was stacked with some really good kids out there at the end,” Nelson said. “Kylee Hulsey was first with the high jump and Sydnie Lowe I thought ran well in both hurdle races and came along real well today.”
    The top 10 teams for the girls were: Ozark 85, Bolivar 63, Lincoln College Prep 58.5, Republic 47, Waynesville 39, Spokane 37, Kickapoo 32, Neosho 28, Carl Junction 27, Hollister 26.
    The top eight individual finishers medaled and scored points for their team at the event.
    Individual results for the Lady Wildcats were:
    800 meter run — 11. Emily Harrell 2:45.08.
    1600 run — 13. Amber Bates 5:50.68.
    3200 run — 7. Bates 12:48.86.
    100 hurdles — 4. Lowe 17.01. 6. Tiffany Gilford 17.28.
    Page 2 of 2 - 300 hurdles — 4. Lowe 51.68.
    4x200 relay — 16. Neosho (Lowe, Hulsey, Harrell, Gilford) 1:59.33.
    High jump — 1. Hulsey 4’8.
    Long jump — 6. Hulsey 15’7. 10. Gilford 15’4.
    Triple jump — 11. Hulsey 31’2. 12. Gilford 30’8.5. 14. Hulsey 30’5.
    Shot put — 25. Morgan Rogers 24’4.25. 35. Chelsy Laster 22’11.75. 36. Danielle Cobb 22’3.
    The boys’ top 10 team results were: Lamar 103, Parkview 83, Ozark 53, Lebanon 47, Bolivar 46, Neosho 40.5, Springfield Central 33, Waynesville 32, Pierce City 28, Kansas City Central 26, Carl Junction 26.
    Individual results for the Wildcat boys were:
    200 dash — 5. McMaster 24.75. 20. Dalton Clark 26.70.
    400 dash — 11. Taylor 55.49. 26. Garrison Baker 59.03.
    800 run — 23. Cole Bishop 2:19.46. 28. Kris Avendano 2:24.16.
    1600 run — 8. Wood 4:42.97. 17. Chance Burr 4:56.24. 27. Carter Hickman 5:07.53.
    110 hurdles — 16. Logan Davidson 18.66. 22. Matt Brumback 19.41.
    300 hurdles — 1. McMaster 42.85. 16. Dexter Marble 49.97. 22. Brumback 50.82.
    4x100 relay — 2. Neosho (Guillory, McKee, McMaster, Taylor) 46.22.
    4x200 relay — 2. Neosho (Guillory, McKee, McMaster, Taylor) 1:34.32.
    4x800 relay — 5. Neosho (Burr, Tanner Mitchell, Bishop, Wood) 8:57.48.
    High jump — t-7. Davidson 5’4.
    Pole vault — 10. Corey Butler 11’0.
    Long jump — 5. McKee 19’9.
    Triple jump — 9. McKee 39’05.
    Discus — 19. K.T. Reim 110’10. 21. Derrick Shadwick 110’3.
    “We weren’t perfect everywhere,” Nelson said. “But I thought as a group their toughness showed through today. I’m just pleased with all of them. I’m really pleased with the effort and how we kind of made it a business trip. There are a lot of kids there and a lot of distractions, and I thought for the most part our kids handled it tremendously.”
    The Wildcats are back in action on Thursday, May 2, in Ozark at 4 p.m.

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