Two of Neosho High School’s girls distance runners got a chance to test their mettle against the best in the country last weekend.


Two of Neosho High School’s girls distance runners got a chance to test their mettle against the best in the country last weekend.

Sophomores Courtney Wood and Jessica Jackson were chosen to run for Team Missouri at the 34th Annual Great Southwest Track and Field meet June 5-6.

The meet featured the best runners, throwers and jumpers from Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Utah and Nevada.

Each ran in an individual event and were part of the 3,200-meter relay team.

The two joined Kiana Ruff of McCluer South-Berekely and Nicole Biffell of Festus on the 3,200-meter relay team that ran a 9:35.68 to place second overall. Colorado won the championship.

Jackson ran 2:24.68 in her open 800-meter run to place 15th overall.

Wood ran in two individual events, the 1,500-meter and 3,200-meter runs. In the 1,500-meter she ran a 5:00.43 to place sixth overall. In the 3,200-meter she ran a 11:31 to place 11th.

“Overall, they did quite well,” said Neosho coach Harry Lineberry, who flew out with the two runners and their parents for the meet. “It is tough with the altitude there. I wouldn’t recommend someone run a distance race until being there for about a month.

“This was a good opportunity for our girls to run and see there are good people and you get bumped and beat at times.”