Several Van-Far boys and girls track and field athletes shined in North Callaway’s Craig Fasel Open in that school’s first meet held at their new track facilities.
Van-Far’s Lathyn McMorris continued to make his mark in the distance races as he won the 1,600 meters in a meet featuring athletes from larger schools like Mexico and Bowling Green. McMorris finished with a time of 4:48.96.
McMorris took third in the 800 meters while teammate Tyler Robinson placed eighth.
Robinson then took fourth in the 3,200 meters.
McMorris is currently ranked No. 3 in Class 1 in the 1,600 meters, fifth in the 3,200 meters, and eighth in the 800 meters.
“Lathyn McMorris and Tyler Robinson are making great strides to be two of the top distance runners in the conference,” said Van-Far head coach Blake Logan.
The 4×800-meter relay team of Tyler Robinson, Trevor Crider, Wyatt McDowell, and Lathyn McMorris took second with a time of 9:10.86, beating third place Mark Twain by :34 seconds. A team from Mexico won the event.
“The 4×800 boys continue to improve and have a chance to make some noise this season,” Logan said.
Parker Wallace was second in the 100 meters and Jacob Garner was just .02 seconds behind him for third place.
He finished just .07 seconds out of first place in the 200 meters race as he finished second. Wallace also took fourth in the 400 meters. He currently has the top 400-meters time in the EMO Conference.
Garner was also third in the boys pole vault and eighth in the 200 meters.
“Parker Wallace and Jacob Garner are doing very well at the open sprints as they are in the top five in conference with their early season times,” Logan said.
Josh Hodde took third in the long jump, fourth in the triple jump, and fifth in the 110-meter hurdles. In the hurdles, he set a personal record for time with 19.03 seconds.
Dillion Minor was fifth in the high jump. Minor also teamed with Verlyn Johnson, Joseph Clithero, and Crider to take third in the 4×100-meter relay.
Andrew Snodgrass led the throwers with a seventh place finish in the discus.
Jordan Garner led the Lady Indians as she won the girls pole vault event after clearing 7’. She also took second in the 100 meters, losing the race by just .02 seconds to a runner from South Callaway. She was eighth in the discus.
Garner teamed with Madison Orr, Bethany Regot, and Alexis DeTienne to help the 4×100-meter relay team to take fourth.
The girls 4×800-meter relay team of Madeleine Dunn, Taryn Adam, Juliana Martinez, and Jayle Jennings placed fourth.
Jennings also took second in the 3,200 meters and fourth in the 1,600 meters. Kenede Farrell was seventh and Aisha Ezeta took eighth in the 3,200 meters. Ezeta scored team points in the 100-meter hurdles with a eighth place finish.
Adam also placed sixth in the 800 meters.
The 4×400-meter relay team of Alexis Love, Dunn, Adam, and Martinez placed fifth.