One week after winning the school’s first district track title, Van-Far’s boys track and field team was hoping for another successful meet in State Sectionals.
The Indians athletes responded by finishing second overall with 84 team points. They won two sectional titles and will be sending seven of its nine athletes on to the Class 1 State Championships.
The state meet will be held May 22-23 at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.
“…After winning districts, it was nice to see that we finished runner-up as a team if they kept points at the meet,” said Van-Far head coach Blake Logan. “These boys should all be scoring the team some points in the various events to place us as a team in state.”
Sharrod Connor had an outstanding sectional meet at the M.I.C.D.S. in St. Louis.
Connor won the always competitive 100 meters race with a time of 11.89 seconds. Joseph Clithero was sixth in the event. With a top four finish qualifying athletes to the state round, Connor was also third in the 200 meters and third in the long jump.
“Battling some leg issues, Boom fought through the pain to advance in the three events,” Logan said. “He has the strength and explosiveness to compete for a medal by placing at state in each event.”
Connor didn’t advanced but also placed fifth in the triple jump.
Lathyn McMorris was forced to battle a LaPlata runner who has signed a letter of intent with Baylor University.
Though he wasn’t able to defeat the NCAA Division I runner to be, McMorris took second in both the 1,600 meters (4:45) and 3,200 meters (10:35).
“He has a great chance to do very well in both races this weekend and I can’t wait to see the times he runs,” Logan said.
McMorris also placed sixth in the 800 meters.
The 4×100-meter relay team of Nick Barnes, Parker Wallace, Jacob Garner, and Joseph Clithero won the sectional crown after finishing their race in 46.39 seconds.
“Our handoffs looked very good at Sectionals as they ran their best time by over a second,” Logan added. “I am looking forward to seeing them compete against some of the state’s top 4×100 teams this weekend. This is a group of two freshmen, a sophomore, and a junior so they have a bright future beyond this year.”
The 4×400-meter relay team of Conner Albrecht, Barnes, Wallace, and Garner finished second with a time of 3:38.91.
“These boys were seeded No. 6 of 8 heading into this event and absolutely dominated the race,” Logan said. “They all ran their best splits (all :54 second) to compete with one of the best 4×400 teams in the state. I cannot wait for this weekend to see us compete against the best, which hopefully brings the best out in us as well.”
The 4×200-meter relay team of Clithero, Barnes, Wallace, and Garner just missed qualifying for state by less than a second. They finished fifth with a time of 1:37.95.
Josh Hodde placed fifth in the long jump after leaping 18’11, took sixth in the 300-meter hurdles, and was eighth in the 110-meter hurdles.
Garner finished sixth in the pole vault after clearing 9’6”.
The Lady Indians had 10 team points to finish in 18th place at sectionals.
Abbegail Robinson took fifth in the long jump after leaping 15’.5”.
Robinson also teamed with Alexis DeTienne, Madison Orr, and Taryn Adam to help the 4×400-meter squad take fifth. They also took seventh with a time of 2:01.37 in the 4×200 race.
Abilene Gatson had an “NH” in the high jump.