Community R-VI’s three track and field sectional qualifiers each scored team points but were unable to advance past last weekend sectional meet held Saturday, May 11 at Principia High School.
In the boys long jump, seniors Nick Jensen and Cameron Foreman each made a push for a top-four state qualifying finish.
Jensen took fifth after leaping 19’5.5”. Foreman finished sixth to help the Trojans score seven total team points. He leaped 19’1”.
Jensen’s jump was a new school record, breaking the record he set a week earlier at districts. Foreman’s jump was a personal best record.
“It was fun to watch these two compete at the long jump pit,” said Community R-VI head track and field coach Erin Mack. “With every jump I could hear them comparing distances, and when Cameron broke 19 feet the competition was on.”
Junior Emmalee McCoskey scored 1.5 team points in the high jump after clearing 4’6”. She finished just two inches from putting herself into a tiebreaker for a shot at advancing to the state meet.
“Overall, we had a great season,” Mack said. “This was a great group of kids to coach. They were eager to learn about their individual events and not afraid to try new ones. They maintained positive attitudes, despite the wet and rainy conditions that left us with very few meets this year. Their determination was never routed, nor their focus never lost.”
During the 2013 season, R-VI athletes either set or reset several school records.
On the boys side, Jensen broke his 2012 school record in the long jump with a leap of 18’1.5” in districts before breaking it again in sectionals.
Lance Gibson broke the 300-meter intermediate hurdles record two times. He got his time down to 48.19 seconds at districts.
Keith Caldwell broke the school record in the shot put then reset it at districts with a 35’5.5”.
Tyler Mays broke the discus record then set it again at districts with a toss of 94’9”.
Kaitlin Orr led the girls team by setting the school record in the 800 meters in 2:46.30. He also set the school record with a leap of 27’11” in the triple jump.
Jewelee Winn broke the school record with a throw of 25’10” in the shot put.
Leah Mays set a school record in the 1,600 meters in 6:34.70. Amelia Knipfel set a school record with a time of 20.40 seconds at districts in the 100-meter high hurdles.
“I am so proud of all the hard work and dedication these athletes gave to their event(s) this year,” Mack said. “Each individual worked to progress at practices and made tremendous strides with each meet. The competition was tough, and we only had two in-season meets before heading to Conference and Districts. As the weather continued to be an obstacle for our track season this year, we focused on the things we could control – speed, technique, and developing each individual athlete to meet the needs of their event. With each headway came a sense of pride and accomplishment. They each have a piece of Trojan Pride and their name in the Community R-VI Track and Field record book.”