Three Community R-VI track and field athletes advance to state sectionals
Three Community R-VI track and field athletes advanced to sectionals this past weekend after earning top-four finishes at the Class 1, District 1 at Principia High School. Emmalee McCoskey placed third in the high jump after clearing 4’4”. Nick Jensen finished third with a leap of 18’1.5” and Cameron Foreman took fourth with a leap of 18’.50” in the long jump.
“I am extremely proud of all my athletes and their performances at the District track meet,” said Community R-VI boys and girls head track and field coach Erin Mack. “As preparation for the district track meet, we looked at and compared the standings of other teams and individuals to ourselves. From this information we were able to make adjustments, per event, to help them advance individually. As a coach, I know that you never want to make drastic changes the week before a big event, such as districts, so we focused on the minor adjustments in block starts for the running events and tweaked approaches in the field events. I could see the readiness and focus as we headed to The Principia, meet host, early Saturday morning. Their attitude and tenacity was contagious. With each event the team cheered each other on and we saw big results. All their hard work put in over the season has paid off in the end.”
Kaitlin Orr took sixth in the 800 meters in 2:46.3 and ninth in the long jump after leaping 13’06”.
Amelia Knipfel placed eighth in the 100 meters in 21.46 seconds, took 12th in the long jump, and 13th in the 200 meters.
Megan Byrd finished 13th in the 100 and 200 meters. Leah Mays was 11th in the 1,600 meters.
Lance Gibson nearly qualified for sectionals in the 300-meter hurdles as he took fifth in 48.19 seconds. He almost finished in the top eight as he took ninth in the 400 meters in 1:01.24.
Tyler Mays was sixth in the discus with a throw of 94’09”. He also finished 12th in the shot put and 16th in the 100 meters.
Keith Caldwell was 11th in the shot put.
Foreman took 12th in the 200 meters.
Sean Wilson finished 17th in both the 100 and 200 meters.
The Community R-VI boys and girls track and field team had five top-eight performances at the EMO Conference track meet held April 30 in Bowling Green. Both teams finished 10th in the overall standings.
The Lady Trojans were led by Orr, who won two sixth place medals. She took sixth in the 800 meters in 2:51.66 and also placed sixth in the triple jump after leaping 26’11”.
Emmalee McCoskey placed fourth in the high jump after clearning 4’6”.
McCoskey also teamed with Knipfel, Byrd, and Tina McCoskey to place seventh in the 4×100-meter relay in 1:00.84.
Knipfel finished 11th in the long jump after clearing 12’11”, 11th in the 100-meter hurdles in 20.88 seconds, and 16th in the 400 meters.
Byrd finished 13th in the 200 meters and 14th in the 100 meters.
Jewelee Winn led the throwing events by finishing just one place out of a top-eight finish. She finished ninth in the shot put after tossing 25’6.75”. She also finished ninth in the discus with a toss of 76’06”.
The boys team was led by Gibson, who finished eighth in the 300-meter hurdles in 56.34 seconds. He also took 10th in the 400 meters in 58.06 seconds.
Wilson finished 11th in the long jump after leaping 15’11.5” and 11th in the 200 meters in 26.68 seconds.
Mays finished 11th in the discus after tossing it 86’11”. He also finished 13th in the 100 meters and 14th in the shot put.
Caldwell finished 13th in the shot put and 15th in the discus.
“My athletes competed well. Several set a personal best for their event(s),” Mack said. “The kids have been practicing hard and it showed on the track, as well as in the field events. They knew what they had to do and how they needed to compete in order for them to place as well as they did. My seniors went into this meet with high standards and they did not disappoint! I am very proud of all their efforts, my juniors as well (I do not have any underclassmen on the team). It has been a trying season with only two regular season meets, and then to go into a Conference meet with barely any competitive meets to gauge their performances on. They have continued to hang in there, practice after practice. Their hard work, determination, and dedication to the program this year has been astounding. I am extremely proud of them!”