In the Russellville Invitational featuring 20 teams last Saturday, the Van-Far boys track and field team was the best as they won the Invitational title with 104 team points, beating second place Sarcoxie by 5.5 points.
The Indians had several standout performances leading them to the big win.
Sharrod Connor won the 100 meters (12.06) and 200 meters (24.44).
He also teamed with Jacob Garner, Josh Hodde, and Parker Wallace to win both the 4×100 (45.09) and 4×200 (1:34.26).
Wallace picked up a big win in the 400 meters (52.46) while Hodde placed first in the 110-meter hurdles (16.40).
Trevor Crider had an impressive second place run in the 300-meter hurdles (44.36).
He also teamed with Verlyn Johnson, Alex Flowers, and Wallace to take second in the 4×400 (3:44.93).
He then teamed with Sam Hazel, Lathyn McMorris, and Patrick Finnegan to take third in the 4×800 (9:02.55).
Jacob Garner was third in the pole vault with another consistent clearing of 10’06”.
Walter Salmon picked up a big fifth place finish in the long jump after leaping 18’06.50”.
In the throwing events, Kyle Ebers took third in the discus (111’02”) and Flowers was seventh in the shot put (38’06”).
The Lady Indians finished 11th out of 19 teams after scoring 33 points, just two points shy from a Top-10 finish.
In the 3,200 meters, Jayle Jennings was third (14:07.40) and Alexandra Connaway took fourth (15:20.31).
The two also teamed with Taryn Adam and Julianna Martinez to take seventh in the 4×800 (12:22.04).
Makayle McAfee was third in the 300-meter hurdles (53.60) and fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (18.74). She then teamed with Madelyn McAfee, Lauren Shaw, and Aubrey Bunge to place eighth in the 4×400 (5:03.50).
Alivia Graddy had a big leap of 29’8.50” in the triple jump to place third while Jordan Garner was sixth in the pole vault (6’06”).