Both the Van-Far boys and girls track and field teams tasted early season success last week when several athletes shined in the 11-team Montgomery County Practice Meet.
In spite of being without all-state runner Sharrod Connor, the Class 1 boys team won the meet with 132 points, 32 more than second place Wright City. Fulton was third at 90 and the host Wildcats took fourth with 89 points.
The Indians were led by distance runner Lathyn McMorris. McMorris dominated the 3,200-meter race and took first place by :25 seconds with a time of 11:15.86. His distance running teammate Tyler Robinson was third and Samuel Hazel finished fourth.
In the 1,600 meters, McMorris took first by three seconds with a time of 4:58.91. Robinson was sixth and Samuel Hazel placed seventh.
The 4×800-meter relay team, with six featured runners listed in the results, won their race with a time of 9:20.45. The team includes McMorris, Wyatt McDowell, Christopher Boos, Trevor Crider, Robinson, and Hazel.
Parker Wallace, Dillion Minor, and Jacob Garner each had strong meets.
Wallace took second in the 100 meters with a time of 11.63 seconds, took second in the 200 meters in 24.46 seconds, and was second in the 400 meters in 57.57 seconds.
Jacob Garner was fourth in the 100 meters, fifth in the 200 meters, fifth in the pole vault, and eighth in the 400 meters.
Minor placed fourth in the 200 meters and fourth in the high jump.
McDowell also placed third in the 800 meters with a time of 2:27.75.
Josh Hodde won the triple jump after a leap of 40’.6.50” took third in the long jump and placed seventh in the 110-meter hurdles.
Crider also took seventh in the 300-meter hurdles.
A 4×200-meter relay team featuring available runners Alex Flowers, Caden Wilburn, Verlyn Johnson, Minor, and McDowell, took sixth overall.
Michael Colson led the throwers as he took fourth in the shot put after a toss of 35’7.25”. He also took sixth in the discus with a toss of 103’11”.
Nathan Beatty placed eighth in the discus event.
The Van-Far Lady Indians track and field squad took sixth in the practice meet after scoring 57 points to hold off Fulton among four other EMO Conference schools.
Van-Far freshman Jayle Jennings led the team by winning the 3,200-meter event with a time of 14:30.69. Her teammate Taryn Adam took sixth in the event and Kenede Farrell placed seventh. Jennings also placed fourth in the 1,600 meters with a time of 6:08.40.
She also teamed with Juliana Martinez, Madeleine Dunn, and Adam to take fifth in the 4×800-meter relay. Jennings’ leap of 26’.9.75” was good for eighth in the triple jump.
Adam also took eighth in the 800 meters to score team points.
Abbegail Robinson had a solid meet. Robinson was third in the long jump after leaping 14’.2.5”. She also took fifth in the 100 meters and 200 meters.
Freshman Jordan Garner was sixth in the 100 meters and was eighth in the discus throw.
Garner and Robinson teamed with Alexis DeTienne and Martinez to take third in the 4×100-meter relay.
The 4×400-meter relay team of Alexis Love, DeTienne, Martinez, and Dunn placed seventh.
Thrower Jayda Borgmeyer placed sixth in the discus and seventh in the shot put.