CARTHAGE — Several athletes enjoyed memorable days in the Class 3, Sectional 3 on Saturday at David Haffner Stadium.
The top four sectional finishers qualified for state in their respective events and both East Newton and
On the girls side, East Newton junior Kaitlyn Massey should be considered a frequent flier or, if nothing else, a frequent qualifier after her work in the sprints Saturday.
Massey won a sectional title in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.75 seconds, besting Liberty/Mountain View’s Allison Smith by .04. Massey and Smith led a five-runner parade at the top of the race. Seneca senior Chantel Thiel finished sixth in 1:03.84.
Massey finished second in the 100 in 12.78, in the middle of a .12 separation between Osage junior Cecilia Verslues (12.72) and Reeds Spring sophomore Isabelle Erickson (12.84).
Massey placed fourth in the 200 in 26.85, part of a front four pack of runners separated by .50. Massey came just .01 behind Liberty/Mountain View’s Smith.
East Newton senior Kinsey Sorrell continued her outstanding high school athletic career with her latest chapter a sectional title in the 800 with a time of 2:25.22 besting Blair Oaks’ Emily Yeager (2:25.31) and Eldon’s Lauren Imler (2:26.38).
Sorrell won a state title last year in the 800, winning in 2:20.02, just .33 ahead of Southern Boone runner Cassey Poole.
Massey and Sorrell formed half of the state-qualifying 4x400 relay, with Massey in the first and Sorrell in the fourth leg. Kendra Hickman and Brynne Smith joined Massey and Sorrell, and placed fourth in 4:17.19.
The Lady Patriots finished sixth overall Saturday behind the strong efforts of Massey and Sorrell.
East Newton freshman Ellie Enlow qualified for state for the first time with a time of 16.99 in the 100 hurdles, her time good for third in a field featuring four freshmen runners, including the top three finishers. Mount Vernon’s Saide Heisner and Owensville’s Katherine Candrl finished in 16.00 and 16.59, respectively.
East Newton finished third in the 4x800 relay with a time of 10:16.67, meaning state qualification for Hickman, Ellie Hicks, Kayla Higginbotham, and Sorrell. Hickman’s a junior and Hicks and Higginbotham are both freshmen.
Seneca’s Chaney Platner won her first sectional title with a 126-foot, 2-inch throw of the javelin besting second place Kerrigan Gamm of Osage by nearly four feet. Seneca classmate Mekaylee Beard finished seventh at 115-9.
Seneca’s Taylor Mailes finished third in the long jump with a leap of 16-8, trailing Mount Vernon’s Heisner (17-2) and Eldon senior Macie Halderman (16-11 3/4). Mailes won a Class 3 state title last season as she cleared 17-9 1/4, which bested her previous best mark by over seven inches. Mailes looks to defend her title Friday.
Mailes missed double qualification, finishing sixth in the triple jump at 32-7 1/2. East Newton’s Smith finished eighth at 31-1/2.
Seneca’s Haley Miller reached state with a fourth in the shot put at 34-3.
Seneca’s Haley Jarvis finished eighth in the pole vault with a mark of 7-6.
Seneca’s Adron Durman finished eighth in the 100 hurdles in 21.15 and seventh in the 300 hurdles in 51.85.
On the boys side, East Newton’s Dustin McDermott finished second in the high jump with a clearance of 6-2. McDermott tied for the highest mark with Fatima senior Gavin Ownbey, who earned the sectional title because he cleared 6-2 in fewer attempts than McDermott.
Ties were the mark of the boys high jump, since Owensville senior Sean Irwin and Reeds Spring junior Joshua DeJarnette tied for third with marks of 6-1. East Newton sophomore Austin Brewster and Fatima senior Dylan Bailey tied for fifth at 6-0, missing state qualification.
East Newton’s Jacob Bennion placed fourth in the 3,2000 in 10:42.79.
East Newton’s Ryan Millett finished eighth in the long jump at 19-8 1/4.
East Newton’s Dalton Moore, who recently signed with NAIA Missouri Valley for track, finished eighth in the javelin at 140-11.
East Newton’s 4x800 of Caleb Jackson, Bennion, Dylan Jackson, and Sam Hansen just missed on state qualification, with their 8:41.21 good for fifth. Blair Oaks took fourth in 8:41.18.
East Newton’s 4x400 of Nathanyal Wall, Wyatt Moore, Dylan Jackson, and Hansen finished sixth in 3:36.63.
Team results, girls — Fatima 82, Eldon 78, Reeds Spring 65, Blair Oaks 55, Mount Vernon 54, East Newton 51, Osage 50, Cassville 45, Owensville 38, Seneca 33, Buffalo 32, Liberty/Mountain View 29, Willow Springs 28, Strafford 18, St. James 18, Salem 17, Clever 13, Hollister 12, Ava 6, Springfield Catholic 4, Mountain Grove 4, Cuba 3, Fair Grove 1.
Team results, boys — Owensville 80.5, Reeds Spring 72.5, Springfield Catholic 69, St. James 65, Hollister 49, Ava 48, Blair Oaks 40, Eldon 36, Fatima 31.5, Salem 31, Buffalo 31, Liberty/Mountain View 29, Cassville 28, East Newton 25.5, Mountain Grove 25, Osage 25, Mount Vernon 25, Fair Grove 11, Strafford 6, Clever 2, Willow Springs 2.