Green City boys track and field captured the school’s first state championship in Jefferson City Saturday. The KRES area claimed 11 event titles. Cody Moore’s Gophers provided five victories en route to an 87-point Class 1 team championship.
Green City outscored second-place Mound City by 39 points, which is the equivalent of almost four event titles.
Moore’s freshman Buggs Tipton captivated the crowd at Adkins Stadium. Tipton earned 110M hurdle, 300M hurdle, long jump, and triple jump championships.
Tipton recorded 14.8 in the 110M hurdles, 39.1 in the 300M hurdles, 22′ in long jump, and 45′ in triple jump. The freshman Tipton explained his early success.
Teammates Manford York, Landon Doosing, Chris Barto, and Aaron Peavler set a Class 1 4x200M relay record in 1:31. The senior York opened the relay.
The Gophers grabbed second in the 4x400M and third in the 4x100M. The sophomore Peavler placed second in the individual 200M.
Green City’s success extended to the girls side. Sophomore Meranda Lewis won the 200M championship as a 12 seed.
Lewis medaled third in the 100M.
North Shelby’s Caroline Linberger won long jump for the school’s first-ever girls individual title in any sport. Linberger credited her preparation.
The sophomore Linberger landed 16-3, which beat runner-up Kyley Magers of Atlanta. Magers also secured second in triple jump and fifth in high jump.
Atlanta’s lone boys participant Landon Gilliland took eighth in long jump.
Knox County’s 4x400M relay team delivered the first boys state championship in school history. Senior Coltin Morrow sparked the 3:30 run.
Morrow also finished second to Tipton in both the 110M and 300M hurdles. Lady Eagle Jennifer Hinkle chucked fourth in javelin.
Meadville senior Connor Fletcher won javelin for the program’s first individual boys title since 1996.
Fletcher’s 173′ launch topped his personal record by about two meters.
Marion County’s Delaney Straus defended her 2019 titles in both the 800M and 3200M.
The junior Straus ended second in the 1600M. Canton’s Nariah Clay closed second behind Straus in the 800M.
Brunswick’s Addi Riley recorded fourth in the 300M hurdles and fifth in the 100M hurdles. Fellow senior Gustav Kussman stood third in both the 110M and 300M hurdles.
Sturgeon’s Logan Flaspohler placed second in high jump and fifth in 110M hurdles.
Scotland County’s Alex Long finished second in shot put, fourth in the 200M, and fifth in the 100M. Twin Hayden Long notched second in discus and sixth in triple jump.
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