The Van-Far boys track and field program set itself up for a legitimate run at a Class 1 State Title after winning the schools’ first ever Sectional Championship in the sport last weekend at Montgomery County.
The Indians scored 99 team points to beat Harrisburg by just one point to win the Class 1, Sectional 1 meet.
“The meet was a very good day for our boys,” said Van-Far head boys track and field coach Blake Logan. “…We (have) boys moving to state in nine events, which will be great for opportunities to score points as a team. We won the District Meet, Sectional Meet, and now we are hungry to make more noise at the State Meet. I encourage all community members to come up to Jefferson City High School and cheer on the kids on Friday/Saturday as they compete Friday and Saturday.”
The Class 1 State Championships will be held May 20-21 in Jefferson City.
During Sectionals, the Indians were led by both their 4×100- and 4×200-meter relay teams.
Both teams entered the meet behind No. 1 state-ranked Paris but both Van-Far relays left as Sectional champions.
“This made our boys hungry to beat them in both and we did,” Logan added.
The 4×100 squad of Jacob Garner, Parker Wallace, Nick Barnes, and Sharrod Connor beat the Coyotes by .07 seconds to win the sectional title with a time of 45.83 seconds.
The 4×200-meter relay team of the same four runners beat Paris by .22 seconds for first in their race.
Jacob Garner went on to win the 100 meters in 12.09 seconds while Connor took third to qualify in the same event. Jacob Garner was also fifth in the discus.
Connor also placed eighth in the 200 meters.
Josh Hodde had an outstanding meet. Hodde won the Sectional crown in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.47 seconds. He then advanced with a fourth place leap of 19’8.75” in the long jump followed by a fourth place leap of 39’8.5” in the triple jump. He also placed seventh in the 300-meter hurdles.
Kyle Ebers came up big in the throwing events as he tossed the discus 115’04” to place fourth.
Lathyn McMorris left Montgomery County with a Sectional title in the 1,600 meters after his time of 4:47.45. He placed second in the 3,200 meters with a time of 10:37.68. His teammate Tyler Robinson qualified in the 3,200 meters with a third place time of 10:51.39. McMorris then scored team points with a seventh place finish in the 800 meters.
Wallace did place eighth in the 400 meters.
Abbey Robinson was the lone Lady Indian advancing to the State Meet as she helped Van-Far placed 10th in team points out of 25 others schools who also scored points. She qualified for state in the long jump after leaping 15’7.5” to take second. She was also seventh in the 100 meters.
Jayle Jennings broke the school record that has lasted as long as she’s been alive with a fifth place time of 12:44.36 as she just missed qualifying for state by 1.15 seconds. Jennings was also fifth in the 1,600 meters.
Van-Far’s 4×100-meter relay team of Abbey Robinson, Madison Orr, Alexis DeTienne, and Jordan Garner placed seventh.
The 4×200-meter relay team of Abbey Robinson, Taryn Adam, Juliana Martinez, and Orr were also seventh.
Jordan Garner placed fifth in the discus and sixth in the pole vault.
The 4×800-meter relay team of Wyatt McDowell, Tyler Robinson, Sam Hazel, and McMorris just missed qualifying for state with a fifth place finish in their race.