By TOMMY REZAC
St. Joseph Post
JEFFERSON CITY - The North Platte girls' track team repeated as state champions in Class 2, while East Buchanan saw every state qualifier bring home a medal at the Class 1-2 state track and field championships at Adkins Stadium in Jefferson City.
The Panthers totaled 86 points over the two-day meet, beating out Father Tolton, who had 83 points.
Entering the final race of the day, the 4x400 meter relay, North Platte had 76 points. Father Tolton had 75.
Both Tolton and North Platte had a team in the 4x400 event to settle it for the state title.
Tolton was ahead after the first leg, but Lindsay Ramsey got her team from fourth to first in the second leg.
Seniors Kalli Schuster and Olivia Rogers pulled away for a big lead and the Panthers sealed a state championship, winning the 4x400 in a school record time of 4:03.22 - more than seven full seconds ahead of Father Tolton.
"It's mine and Liv (Rogers') last race as high schoolers," Schuster said. "I was like, 'We have to go out on a high note.' I was super nervous, but I knew we could do it and we did."
Just like last year, North Platte showed out in many of the sprinting and relay events. Senior and Missouri State signee Olivia Rogers started off her day with a win in the 100 meter dash, clocking in at 12.34 seconds.
Rogers later won the 200 with a time of 25.34 seconds. Rogers won the 100, 200 and 4x400 meter relay in back-to-back years at state.
"My goal at the state meet was repeat my individual (championships) and do as well as we could in our relays," Rogers said. "I really wanted to come out here with my teammates and win again. It was a lot of fun and I'm really going to miss North Platte track."
Ramsey picked up a win in the 400 meter dash with a time of 56.93 seconds - a new school record. She also placed fourth in the 200 with a time of 25.96 seconds.
"I was dying," she laughed. "But, it was awesome. I couldn't believe it. It was just a great opportunity as a sophomore and I can't wait to see how the next few years go."
North Platte's 4x200 meter relay team finished second with a time of 1:46.99. Schuster, Graci Williams, Lonee French and Ramsey ran that event.
North Platte also got second in the 4x100 with a time of 49.80 seconds. French, Rogers, Bella Kitmitto and Schuster ran that race.
In distance events, North Platte's Brianna DeBord medaled 5th in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:22.93. Senior Shelby Lingle medaled 7th in the 800 with a time of 2:25.40.
The Panthers picked up some points on Friday as well with a second place finish in the 4x800 meter relay. Lingle, Chloe Heckman, Jessa Cassity and DeBord clocked in at 10:00.75.
Also on Friday, Heckman and DeBord medaled in the 3200 meter run. Heckman finished third (11:36.13) and DeBord fourth (11:43.65).
Staying in Class 2, East Buchanan had a solid day with all 10 of their combined state qualifiers on the girls' and boys' side coming home with state medals.
The East Buchanan boys started off the day Saturday with a win in the 4x800 meter relay, breaking the school record with a time of 8:16.97. East Buchanan went undefeated in this event this year.
Staying on the boys' side, Trevor Klein and Trey Johnson both medaled in triple jump. Klein took third with a distance of 42 feet - 1.25 inches. Johnson took seventh at 40 feet - 9.5 inches.
This came one day after Johnson won a state title in javelin with a throw of 171 feet - 6 inches.
"Great weekend for everybody at East Buchanan,"Johnson said. "I've had a great time. I just started triple jump a few weeks ago, so I'm pretty proud of my result."
On the girls' side, East Buchanan's Brooklyn Johnson, Trey's sister, took second in shot put with a throw of 38 feet - 7 inches. And she's only a freshman.
"It's great," she said. "I've had so much support with my family, friends, coaches. They are outstanding, they've helped me and I'm so happy to be here."
In the team standings, the East Atchison girls won a Class 1 state title with 70 points. The King City boys finished fourth in Class 1 with 32 points. The East Buchanan boys finished fifth in Class 2 with 34 points.
The rest of Saturday's local results and pictures are below.
Starting in Class 1
Class 1 boys' pole vault - Stanberry's Nathaniel Griffin placed seventh, clearing 11 feet - 1.75 inches.
Class 1 boys' discus - North Andrew's Jacob Chittum placed fourth with a throw of 136 feet - 3 inches. Chittum took second in shot put on Friday with a throw of 50 feet - 11 inches.
"I'm glad I could come out and PR," he said. "That's what I wanted to come out here and do. That's what I did. It got me second in shot put."
Class 1 boys' 110 meter hurdles - Mound City's August Meadows placed 6th at 16.59 seconds. His teammate Chauncey Brown placed 8th at 17.08 seconds.
Class 1 boys' 300 meter hurdles - Mound City's August Meadows placed fourth with a time of 41.87 seconds.
Class 1 boys' 100 meter dash - King City's Ty Mooney placed second at 11.09 seconds - one one-hundredth of a second off of the lead.
Class 1 boys' 200 meter dash - King City's Ty Mooney won a state championship with a time of 22.31 seconds. An outgoing senior, this was Mooney's first gold medal at state.
Class 1 boys' 4x100 meter relay - King City's Brodhi Ramirez, Ty Mooney, Cooper Mooney and Ron Pulliam finished third with a time of 44.21 seconds.
Class 1 boys' 4x200 meter relay - King City's Brodhi Ramirez, Ty Mooney, Cooper Mooney and Ron Pulliam finished second with a time of 1:32.50.
Class 1 girls' triple jump - DeKalb's Lainie Vogan placed 8th with a distance of 32 feet - 3.75 inches.
Class 1 girls' pole vault - Mound City's Ava Barnes placed second, clearing a height of 10 feet - 6.75 inches.
Class 1 girls' discus - South Holt's Zoey Prussman medaled 5th with a throw of 109 feet - 9 inches.
Class 1 girls' 100 meter hurdles - DeKalb's Lainie Vogan placed fourth a time of 16.62 seconds.
Class 1 girls' 400 meter dash - DeKalb's Gracie Hanshaw finished second with a time of 1:00.14. St. Joseph Christian's Charlee Stanley came in fifth at 1:01.08. Stanberry's Marli Hilton medaled 8th at 1:03.33.
Class 1 girls' 800 meter run - North Andrew's Jaclyn Riedinger placed seventh with a time of 2:27.56.
Class 1 girls' 4x100 meter relay - King City's Kaylee Roberts, Clare Stanley, Anna Boone and Hailey Wright placed sixth with a time of 52.98 seconds.
Class 1 girls' 4x200 relay - DeKalb's Lainie Vogan, Kalyn Hartman, Ava Donaldson and Gracie Hanshaw placed third with a time of 1:50.33.
Class 1 girls' 4x400 meter relay - DeKalb's Kalyn Hartmann, Lainie Vogan, Harlie Hall and Gracie Hanshaw placed second with a time of 4:12.61 - a new school record.
Vogan medaled four times this week.
St. Joseph Christian medaled seventh in the girls' 4x400 with a time of 4:22.26. Jaci Jorgensen, Claire Phillips, Charlee Stanley and Joy Wallick competed.
**Class 2 results from Saturday**
Class 2 boys' para shot put - Bishop LeBlond's Elliott Murphy finished second with a throw of 20 feet - 2.25 inches - a new PR.
Class 2 boys' 110 meter hurdles - East Buchanan's Seth Spencer placed seventh with a time of 16.21 seconds.
Class 2 boys' para 100 meter dash - Bishop LeBlond's Elliott Murphy placed first with a time of 20.34 seconds - a new PR. He beat his competition by more than 16 seconds.
Class 2 boys' para 200 meter dash - Bishop LeBlond's Elliott Murphy placed first with a time of 37.47 seconds.
Class 2 boys' para 400 meter dash - Bishop LeBlond's Elliott Murphy placed first with a time of 1:16.84. Murphy competed in four events Saturday, taking home three gold medals in his third straight year at state.
"This year was a little rough for me," Murphy said. "Been sick a lot of the year and missed a lot of practices. So, haven't been nearly where I want to be in races, but am definitely making strides and improvement."
Class 2 boys' 3200 meter run - East Buchanan's Aidan Hensley placed sixth with a time of 10:04.53. Hensley placed 8th in the 1600 meter run on Friday, clocking in at 4:33.51.
Class 2 girls' long jump - Maysville's Mirabella Redman took first with a leap of 17 feet - 6 inches.
Class 2 girls' 100 meter hurdles - Maysville's Mirabella Redman placed fifth with a time of 15.55 seconds.
Class 2 girls' 300 meter hurdles - Maysville's Mirabella Redman is a state champion in this event with a time of 45.22 seconds. She's won state in 300 hurdles in back-to-back seasons.
**Local results from Friday in Class 1-2**
Class 1 girls’ long jump - Mound City’s Sydney Meadows placed seventh with a jump of 16 feet - 2.5 inches.
Class 1 girls’ shot put - Nodaway Valley’s Ava Graham is a state champion with a throw of 39 feet - 1.75 inches.
Class 1 boys’ 1600 meter run - Nodaway Valley’s Riley Blay took first with a time of 4:27.22. Blay also took second in the boys’ 800 with a time of 2:00.27. Mound City’s Keaton Zembles took fourth with a time of 2:02.33.
Blay went onto win the 3200 meter run Saturday with a time of 9:37.16. He won by more than 20 seconds.
Class 1 girls’ 3200 meter run - Platte Valley’s Mya Wray is a state champion with a time of 11:43.72. Wray also won the 1600 meter run Saturday with a time of 5:18.99.
Class 2 boys’ javelin - East Buchanan’s Trey Johnson is a state champion with a throw of 171 feet - 6 inches. Mid-Buchanan’s Jackson Wahlgren medaled 7th with a throw of 153 feet - 4 inches.
Class 2 girls’ triple jump - East Buchanan’s Rilyn Sherwood is a state champion, jumping a distance of 35 feet - 10.75 inches. Sherwood is a sophomore who has only done the triple jump eight times.
Class 2 girls' javelin - East Buchanan's Laney Wilmes placed eighth with a throw of 109 feet - 4 inches.
Class 2 girls' pole vault - Maysville's Mirabella Redman medaled fourth with a height of 9 feet - 11.25 inches. Redman medaled in each of her four events at state.
Class 2 girls’ 4x800 meter relay - North Platte finished second with a time of 10 minutes and 0.75 seconds.
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