The Van-Far boys and girls track and field athletes shined in the large school Palmyra Invitational held at Culver-Stockton College last Thursday. Athletes who finished in the top six earned medals going against competition from Hannibal, Palmyra, Bowling Green, Highland, Clark County, Monroe City, Marion County, and Mark Twain.
The Indians were led by Lathyn McMorris, who broke the school record in the 3,200 meters with a time of 10:53. He finished in first place overall.
McMorris also took fourth in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:53.84.
“Lathyn breaking the 3,200 meter record came as no surprise,” said Van-Far head coach Blake Logan. “He still has a lot of time he will shave off of that 3,200 by the end of the season.”
Sharrod Connor medaled in all four events he participated in.
Connor teamed with Joseph Clithero, Jacob Garner, and Lucas Robinson to help the 4×200-meter relay team take third place in 1:39.78.
Individually, Connor was second in the long jump after leaping 20’. He also took fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 39’1” and was sixth in the 200 meters in 24.13 seconds. His 200 meters time was a personal best record.
Parker Wallace took fourth in the 400 meters with a time of :57 seconds against a tough field.
Wallace also teamed with Walter Salmon, Josh Hodde, and Garner to take sixth in the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 4:02.59.
The 4×200-meter relay “B” team with Wallace, Salmon, Nick Barnes, and Conner Albrecht just missed a medal with a seventh place finish.
The 4×100-meter relay team of Clithero, Barnes, Albrecht, and Robinson placed fourth with a time of 48.41 seconds.
Clithero didn’t medal but placed eighth in the always competitive 100-meter dash with a time of 11.96 seconds.
Van-Far earned its first medal in the pole vault event when Garner took sixth after clearing 9’. Albrecht finished ninth after clearing 8’6”.
Logan added that Trey Atkinson, Josh Hodde, and Salmon are working well in the hurdle events.
“They have a lot of potential to help us out in the postseason,” Logan added.
The Lady Indians earned a couple of medals at the meet.
Abilene Gatson took third place in the high jump after clearing 4’4”.
Abbey Robinson leaped a personal best 15’3” in the long jump to take fifth place.
Robinson and Gatson teamed with Alexis DeTienne and Madison Orr to help the 4×100-meter relay team finish fifth with a time of 58.97 seconds.
Orr just missed earning team points in the 100 meters, taking seventh with a time of 14.63 seconds.
In the 3,200 meters, Taryn Adam placed fifth with a time of 14:50.
“(I’m) extremely proud of both teams as they competed well and are working to get better each practice and meet,” Logan said. “This should be a very fun season and I highly recommend people to come out and support these kids.”