Christian track

St. Joseph Christian junior Victoria Orton, left, tries to chase down the leader in the final stretch of the Class 1 4x400m finals Saturday in Jefferson City.

The St. Joseph Christian girls track and field team is coming back from Jefferson City with a team trophy.

The Lions, who took a deep and competitive team to the Class 1 Missouri state track and field championships, finished in third place with 45 team points.

“It was an absolutely wonderful day,” Christian coach Lisa Olson said. “I’m proud of all seven of the girls. Making it to state and that was an accomplishment in itself. They went out (Saturday) and competed in their events.”

Sophomore Brooklyn Miller was one of the standouts amongst Class 1, scoring 18 points individually. Miller finished first in the high jump and second in the javelin.

“It was a wonderful weekend for her and the best is yet to come because she is only a sophomore,” Olson said.

On Friday, the Lions got off to a strong start on the track with a third place in the 4x800 meter relay with a time of 10:19.59. Christian carried the momentum into Saturday’s events with a second place finish in the 4x400 with a time of 4:17.11.

Others to add points for the Lions included junior Anna Carter in the 1600 meter run and 3200 meter, Victoria Orton in the 400 and Elizabeth Voga in the long jump. It’s been a special season for the Lions who capped it off with a strong weekend in Jefferson City.

The Lions expect to bring back all seven state qualifiers back next season as Christian hopes to make another run at a state title.

“They all just gel so well together,” Olson said. “We can only go up from here. We’ll all be back at state next year God willing and we’ll see what happens.”

Blue Eye captured the Class 1 title with 68 points, just edging out the Worth County girls who finished with 67 points.

For the Tigers, three individuals won state titles with Anna Gladstone in the long jump, Merrideth Spiers in the discus and Regan Allee in the pole vault. Gladstone scored a total of 29 points with four top-four finishes.

On the boys side in Class 1, Pattonsburg and Mound City shared second place with 33 points while Stanberry finished in eighth with 26 points.

The Panthers sprinted their way to a pair of first place finishes in both the 4x100 and 4x200.

Class 2 The West Platte Lady Jays repeated as state champions with 50 points over the weekend, beating Jefferson by seven points. The Jays collected first place medals in 100, 4x200, 4x800 and second in the 4x100.

North Platte finished fifth as a team with 34 points while Plattsburg finished in sixth with 33 points. Lathrop ended the weekend with 22 team points for 15th overall, three spots ahead of East Buchanan.

On the boys’ side, Lathrop took second with 46 points, finishing behind Monroe City.

Drew O’Connor won the pole vault for the Mules. Junior Colton Nichols and senior Thomas Macomber combined for 10 points in the discus with a pair of top-five finishes.

The 4x100 team for the Mules added a second place finish.

Bishop LeBlond’s Jack Jarrett finished 12th in the boys’ triple jump.

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