The KRES area claimed 10 event championships, and Father Tolton’s boys captured the Class 2 team title at state track in Jefferson City Friday. Fayette’s boys tied for second with Highland. Falcons Kaden Polson, Garren Vroman, Zach Henderson, and Chase Allen-Jackman crossed first in the 4x100M relay and third in the 4x200M. Vroman and Henderson honored a fallen Falcon.
The Falcons won the 4x100M by .004. Zach Henderson secured second in javelin, and Josh Henderson took second in discus. Fayette departed Adkins Stadium with its second team trophy in school history.
Father Tolton snatched Fayette’s team title in the day’s last event. Fayette and Highland were tied for first with an eight-point lead, but Tolton’s 4x400M relay championship resulted in a team title. Senior Nathaniel Krebs reacted to the first team trophy for Trailblazers track.
Tolton won the 4x400M by a half second. Krebs medaled second in both the individual 400 and long jump.
Monroe City’s girls ended fifth in team points. Lady Panthers Lauren Smith, Hannah Wheeler, Ella Hays, and Emmalee Williams ran 10:06 in the 4x800M relay to clinch the school’s first girls event title since 2013. The seniors Smith and Wheeler shared the key to victory.
Monroe later grabbed fourth in the 4x400M. Williams finished third in the individual 800M. Junior Carly Youngblood landed second in pole vault. Monroe’s boys placed seventh in both the 4x200M and 4x400M. Josiah Talton was sixth in triple jump and eighth in the 200M. Twin Joshua Talton threw seventh in discus. Senior Logan Lucas crossed seventh in the 3200M.
Youngblood’s pole vault number trailed only Palmyra sophomore Abbey Redd, who jumped 11-1. Redd credited her training.
The Lady Panthers earned three relay medals. On the boys side, Palmyra’s Weston King tossed third in discus and fifth in shot put. Hayes Miller managed fourth in the 400M.
Brookfield’s Alex Sharp crossed first in the 1600M, second in the 3200M, and sixth in the 800M. The junior Sharp set the school record in the 1600M and topped her own school record in the 3200M.
Sharp’s Brookfield teammate Zoey Chrisman hurled fifth in discus.
Marceline junior Ramzee Bruner defended her 2019 high jump crown with a 5-3.25.
Fellow Lady Tiger junior Sarah Kussman placed fourth in the 100M hurdles. Freshman Peyton Weese stood fourth in the 300M hurdles.
Elsewhere in the Lewis and Clark Conference, Harrisburg’s Brayton Stephenson chucked 52-5 in shot put to deliver the school’s first individual boys title since Judd Price’s 1994 shot put victory. The junior Stephenson explained his development after COVID erased his sophomore season.
Harrisburg’s Travis Gardiner medaled fourth in the 300M hurdles. Lady Bulldog Elisa Arrighi placed third in long jump and eighth in the 100M hurdles. Westran’s Maddie Burton closed her career third in javelin. Salisbury’s Kjirsten Guilford ended fourth in both the 400M and 800M, and Lady Panther Cayden Stapleton recorded fourth in shot put. Salisbury freshman Cooper Francis leaped second in high jump.
Milan’s Cady Pauley topped the shot put podium with a 41-foot throw.
The junior launched second in discus. Milan’s Jeremy Bennett landed third in the triple jump.
Putnam County’s Colder Evans donned three medals. The senior produced a discus title at 166-5. Evans noted he overcame both a lost junior season and a recent injury.
Evans added third in shot put and eighth in javelin.
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