LATHROP, Mo. — For the St. Joseph Christian girls track team, the only number that mattered at Saturday’s Class 1 Sectional 4 meet was the number of points the Lions scored as team.
The Lions won the meet thanks to the fact everyone on the team qualified for state in each event the Lions competed in. Christian coach Lisa Olson is happy with her team’s success and believes their faith played a big factor.
“I’m as happy as can be for the girls, but to God be the glory,” Olson said. “We had a couple of things today let us know, he’s at work with us, and we’ve done well today. Everybody has done well. They came to run.”
One of highlights for the Lions was Christian sophomore Brooklyn Miller’s performance. Miller finished the day as runner-up in the high jump, first place in the javelin and third as team in the 4x200- and 4X100-meter relays. First place came down between Miller and Stanberry senior Marissa Jensen with Jensen edging out the Lion sophomore ever so slightly in the high jump.
Despite losing, Miller enjoys competing against her longtime rival.
“This is the second year that Marissa and I have gone against each other, and every meet, either I win or she wins,” Miller said. “I always like it when she’s here, because it pushes it me to jump higher.”
Miller didn’t start jumping on Saturday until the bar was raised to the 5-foot range. Miller says she did this in order to keep her legs fresh.
“I try to save my legs because jumping high jump really affects your body, and it fatigues really quickly,” Miller said. “You want to save everything for your highest jumps.”
With a team that consists of just sophomores and juniors, Olson believes her team can only get better.
“The best is yet to come,” Olson said.
Class 2 Sectional 4
It was a huge day for not only the Lathrop Mules, but also their young, prolific pole vaulter.
While the Lathrop boys won the Class 2 Sectional 4 meet on their home turf, Drew O’Connor contributed to that win by breaking the school’s pole vault record. At the end of the day with everyone gone but a large Lathrop crowd full of family and friends, O’Connor found himself 15 feet, 4 inches feet in the air — and with a new school record. The previous record was held by O’Connor, as well.
Lathrop boys track coach Scott Haahr was not only proud of just O’Connor and his new record but his entire team as well.
“I’ve been blessed with a lot of great athletes,” Haahr said. “Without good athletes, you can’t get anything done. Obviously Drew in pole vault was awesome. Our discus boys going 1-2 in that was kind of a surprise.They competed really well in the wet rain. Relays, the hurdles, I love them all. They’re great kids.”
Haahr thinks a big reason why his team is succeeding the way it is is because Lathrop athletics has been successful all school year long.
“I got a great group of kids that love to compete,” Haahr said. “They kind of bounced off the success we’ve had all season, actually year long including football, wrestling, basketball, everything. They’re just continuing it on.”
Class 3 & 4 District 8 The Lawson girls just outlasted Trenton in the race for the Class 3 District 8 title at Chillicothe High School.
Lawson won the meet with 135 points while Trenton was on the Cardinals’ toes with 132 points. Cameron came in third place with 87 points, and Chillicothe followed in fourth with 74.
The Maryville boys won on the Class 3 side of things with 133 points. Right behind them was Lawson with 118.
As for Class 4, the Platte County girls took second place with 161 points. Kearney scored 171 and took first. The boys got Kearney back as the Pirates took first with 174 points while Kearney scored 154.
Benton earned multiple sectional qualifiers. Freshman Alyia Stillman finished fourth in the 400, Bailey Stephan finished fourth in the shot put, Kason mauzey placed third in the 110 hurdles and fourth in the 300 hurdles, and Benton’s boys 4x1 placed fourth to advance.
Class 5 District 8 The Central Indians boy’s and girl’s team both ended their respective meets in seventh place at the Class 5 District meet at Liberty High School.
The Central boy’s 4x800 team placed fourth, meaning James Cera, Ryan Dale, Nathan Barry and Christopher Mosoti are heading to sectionals. Joining them will be senior Josh Clarendon who took second in the 300-meter hurdles.