Track newcomer Emmalee McCoskey continued to leave her mark on the Community R-VI track and field program last week after her third place finish in the Class 1, District 1 Championships held last weekend in Fulton.
McCoskey set a new school record with her personal best in the high jump after clearing 4’8” to advance to the Class 1, Sectional 1 meet to be held Saturday, May 12 in Centralia.
“The best part is Emmalee broke her mental ceiling barrier because for awhile, she was stuck at 4’6”,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Fischer. “A lot of credit goes to Coach Erin Mack whose inspired and worked with Emmalee throughout the season. It was Coach Mack who made sure we had a high jump pit and it was Coach Mack who personally sought out and encouraged Emmalee to pursue high jumping.”
Kaitlin Orr didn’t advance but set a school record with her seventh place finish in the long jump after a leap of 13’11”. She also had a personal best 3:00 in the 800 meters for 10th place.
Paige Harris scored team points in the discus with an eighth place toss of 72’3”. She also took 14th in the shot put with a toss of 21’6”.
Megan Byrd was 21st in the 100 meters in 15:08 and turned in a time of 31.15 for 17th in the 200 meters.
Leah Mays took 10th in the 400 meters in 1:10.17.
Caroline Schafter placed 22nd in the 200 meters in 33.97 seconds and 15th in the long jump after leaping 11’11”.
The 4×100-meter relay team of Byrd, Harris, Schafer, and McCoskey took 10th place in 59.99 seconds.
As a team, the Lady Trojans finished 13th out of 21 teams with six points.
On the boys side, Nick Jensen placed seventh in the long jump after setting a new school record with a leap of 17’7”. Jensen also took 16th place in the 200 meters in 26.35 seconds.
Tyler Mays took 14th with a jump of 15’4.5”. he also made the semifinals in the 100 meters and placed 11th in 12.71 seconds. Mays nearly made the cut in the 200 meters with a 15th place time of 25.99 seconds.
Lance Gibson finished 19th in the 400 meters in 59.66 seconds and turned in a personal best time of 2:25.92 in the 800 meters for 14th place. Victor Cripe took 23rd in 1:06.13 in the 400 meters.
“I couldn’t be prouder of these kids,” Fischer said. “They came to compete. The hard work and effort they produce in practice translates in success here. Sending Emmalee on to sectionals is simply icing on the cake. I couldn’t ask to be the track coach of a finer bunch of kids than those here at Community R-VI.”
Earlier in the week, the Lady Trojans scored 17.5 points to finish seventh in the EMO Conference meet held at Wright City.
McCoskey led Community R-VI with her third place finish in the high jump after clearing 4’6”.
Harris improved on her sixth place finish in 2011 by placing fourth in the discus with a toss of 79’7”. She also took eighth in the shot put with a toss of 25’02”.
Orr finished seventh in the long jump after clearing 13’5.5”. She also set a new school record and a personal best time of 6:45 in the 1,600 meters for seventh place. She finished ninth in the 800 meters in 3:03.50.
Byrd took ninth in the 100 meters with a time of 15 seconds and finished 10th in the 200 meters in 31.06 seconds.
Morgan Kuda finished ninth in the 200 meters in 30.68 seconds.
“Morgan is knocking on the door of breaking the 200-meter school record,” Fischer said.
Leah Mays came in 10th place in the 400 meters in 1:10.94 while the 4×100-meter relay team of Byrd, Schafer, Kuda, and McCoskey took eighth in 59.50 seconds.
The Trojans were led by Tyler Mays who nearly broke the school record in the long jump after leaping 16’6” for 11th place. He also took 13th in the 100 meters in 12.66 seconds and 11th in the 200 meters in 25.70 seconds.
Gibson finished 13th place in 400 meters in 1:00.76 and took 10th in the 800 meters in 2:37.07.
“This is a hard-working group of kids,” Fischer said.
“I’m blessed to have kids who are dedicated to paying the price, and pushing themselves to get better each and every meet.”