The Van-Far boys and girls track and field team had several stand-out performances during early meets held in Monroe City and Montgomery County.
Though no team scores were kept, the boys had a solid meet in spite of being without several athletes from the state championship basketball team.
Van-Far’s 4×100-meter relay team of Trevor Crider, Jacob Garner, Verlyn Johnson, and Parker Wallace won their race with a time of 45.43 seconds to beat a squad from large school Hannibal. A freshmen group of Tony Garland, Brennan Wheeler, Brogan Wheeler, and Preston Burnett placed eighth.
The first place runners on the 4×100 squad also won the 4×200 with a time of 1:34.91 and the 4×400 with a time of 3:40.92.
In the 4×800, Morgan Slatten, Cayden Caldwell, Tyler Robinson, and Sam Hazel placed sixth.
In sprints, Jacob Garner was third in the 100 meters (11.80).
Wallace took second (53.12), Johnson was third (54.20), and Dillion Minor placed fifth (55.18) in the 400 meters.
Hazel earned a fourth place finish in the 800 meters with a time of 2:21.81.
Crider was also fourth in the 300-meter hurdles.
The Lady Indians were led by Jordan Garner, who finished second in the discus with a toss of 96’.
Madelyn McAfee placed second in the 3,200 meters (14:56.28) while Jayle Jennings was third in the 1,600 meters (6:25.52).
Jennings also took fourth in the 800 meters (2:50.30).
Makayla McAfee placed sixth in the 300-meter hurdles (56.79).
In the relay races, the 4×800 squad of Taryn Adam, Alex Connaway, Madeleine Dunn, and Madelyn McAfee placed seventh with a time of 12:39.06. Meanwhile, the 4×100 team of Alivia Graddy, Colby Walton, Madalyn Swafford, and Jordan Garner took eighth with a time of 1:00.19.
Montgomery County Early Invite
At the Montgomery County Early Invite, the Indians scored 88.5 team points to take second place overall. The meet featured several big schools like Warrenton, Fulton, and Troy Buchanan. The 4×100 team of Jacob Garner, Johnson, Wallace, and Crider won the event (46.73). They also won the 4×200 (1:37.27).
Wallace won the 400 meters with a time of 52.18 seconds. Minor was third (54.19) and Johnson was fifth (54.77) in the same race.
The 4×800 team of Julian Holtkamp, Caldwell, Slatten, and Robinson placed fourth (9:40.80).
Crider ran the 100 meters for the Indians and took fifth (12.6).
Caldwell took seventh (2:37.04) and Slatten was eighth (2:38.98) in the 800.
Hazel placed eighth in the 1,600 meters (5:35.71).
Nathan Beatty placed fifth in the discus with a toss of 105’08” while Kyle Ebers was sixth (105’07”). Beatty also finished seventh in the shot put with a toss of 35’04.25”.
Walter Salmon Jr. took third in the triple jump (36’01”) while teammates Brennan Wheeler was fifth (35’10”) and Latrell Wright took eighth (33’09”).
Salmon Jr. was also seventh in the long jump with a leap of 16’08”.
Minor placed fifth in the high jump after clearing 5’.
The Lady Indians compiled 24 team points for eighth place in the open format.
Jordan Garner led the team by placing second in the discus with a toss of 92’09.50”.
Van-Far’s 4×100 squad of Jordan Garner, Shyonna Martin, Graddy, and Swafford took seventh with a time of 1:01.36.
A 4×200 team of Katie Elzea, Juliana Martinez, Swafford, and Graddy placed fifth (2:07.26).
The 4×800 team of Jennings, Connaway, Martinez, and Adam were seventh (12:27.48).
Aubrey Bunge was solid in the high jump, clearing 4’02” to place sixth. Martinez cleared 4’ to finish eighth.
Madelyn McAfee was eighth in the 1,600 meters with a time of 7:12.07.
Makayla McAfee placed eighth in the 100-meter hurdles (20.54).