Entering this past weekend’s two-day Class 1 state championships, Van-Far’s boys track and field state qualifiers knew they had a good chance to leave a tough Jefferson City meet against the state’s best with a top-four plaque.
The six Indians just missed the top four finish but not without winning state medals in six events to earn all-state honors.
They finished fifth overall with 32 team points.
Lathyn McMorris continued his dominance as a freshman in the distance races. He finished second overall in the 3,200 meters (4:36) and third in the 1,600 meters.
His 3,200-meter time of 9:57 was a new school record.
Sharrod Connor was solid after finishing second in the always tough 100-meter race with a time of 11.52 seconds.
He earned another state medal with a third place finish in the 200 meters (23.37 seconds) and earned a medal for taking seventh in the long jump after leaping 19’11”.
The 4×400-meter relay team of Conner Albrecht, Nick Barnes, Jacob Garner, and Parker Wallace finished in sixth place overall with a time of 3:38.
“This has been a great season with tremendous improvement from all athletes,” said Van-Far head track and field coach Blake Logan.
“As a coach it is fun to see the constant improvement over the course of a season. (We) finished fifth as a team and we only lose one kid from this team and are gaining many who will be entering their freshman year. This bodes well for us in the coming years and I look forward to working with these athletes to get them to the ultimate goal of winning a state championship. The consistency in the weight room from the boys who made it to state was easily seen by all spectators. I would like to thank all of the parents and community members for their amazing support throughout our postseason run.”