With the first day at the Missouri State Track and Field Championships in the books, the St. Joseph Christian girls track team are in pole position to take home a team trophy.
The Lions finished day one in second place in Class 1 with 21 team points.
The top finisher for Christian on day one was Brooklyn Miller, who captured first place in the high jump with a jump of 5-feet, 5-inches, earning 10 points per her team.
“It was amazing,” Christian coach Lisa Olson said. “Brooklyn has worked so hard for that gold, and she was jumping lights out (Friday). When she is smiling while jumping it is a good day. It was her time to shine.”
Miller wasn’t the only individual to tally points on Friday.
Anna Carter took fifth in the 3200-meter run while Elizabeth Voga placed eighth in the long jump.
Christian’s runners got the Lions off to a hot start on the track, as the 4x800 meter relay team took third place, earning six points. In the preliminaries, the Lions’ 4x100 and 4x400 performed well to move onto the second day.
The Lions go into the final day trailing Worth County by five points.
“We are all looking forward to (Saturday), it may be a little tough with the rolling schedule, but we have a lot of work to do and the girls are ready to see it through,” Olson said.
For Worth County, Anna Gladstone captured gold in the long jump and third in the high jump while Merrideth Spiers added a second place finish in the shot put.
In Class 2 on the girls’ side, Plattsburg holds a 10-point lead with a team score of 27. Senior Kelsie Lewis took first in the javelin while fellow senior Sydney Stephens added a gold medal in the discus.
For East Buchanan, freshman Emma Klein took second in the triple jump to get the Bulldogs eight team points.
On the boys’ side in Class 2, Lathrop sits in second place with 20 points. The Mules trail Principia by two points.
Junior Drew O’Connor captured gold in the pole vault for Lathrop.
Action will resume in Jefferson City today starting at 9:30 a.m. There will be a rolling schedule with inclement weather expected.