The Van-Far boys and girls track and field teams participated in two meets at Monroe City last week and had several standout performances.
In the first meet with team scores on April 19, the boys program took third with 95 team points. The host Panthers won the meet at 150 with Paris in second at 109.
Lathyn McMorris led the Indians by winning the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:51.21. He also took third in the 3,200 meters.
Sam Hazel was sixth in the 1,600 meters.
Tyler Robinson placed second in the 3,200 meters, beating McMorris by a half of a second.
Then the 4×800-meter relay team of Parker Wallace, Hazel, Robinson, and McMorris won their race with a time of 9:07.36.
Wallace also placed third in the 100 meters and fourth in the 200 meters.
Nick Barnes finished second in the long jump and was sixth in the 100 meters.
Verlyn Johnson placed seventh in the 400 meters.
Wyatt McDowell was fifth in the 800 meters.
Trevor Crider took sixth in the 100-meter hurdles.
Josh Hodde placed fifth in the 300-meter hurdles.
Jacob Garner was fifth in the pole vault.
Thrower Andrew Snodgrass placed seventh in the shot put with a toss of 38’.
In other relay races, the 4×100-meter relay team of Joseph Clithero, Alex Flowers, Wallace, and Barnes took third; the 4×400-meter relay team of Johnson, Barnes, McDowell, and Wallace was third; and the 4×200-meter relay squad of Crider, Flowers, Johnson, and Clithero were fourth.
The Van-Far Lady Indians finished seventh in team points, tying Westran with 60. The host Lady Panthers won the meet with 94 points.
The 4×100-meter relay team of Abbegail Robinson, Madison Orr, Alexis DeTienne, and Jordan Garner won their race with a time of 55.63 seconds.
Van-Far’s 4×400-meter relay squad of Taryn Adam, Abbegail Robinson, Julianna Martinez, and DeTienne took fourth.
The 4×800-meter squad of Jayle Jennings, Madeleine Dunn, Martinez, and Adam placed fourth.
Van-Far’s 4×200-meter relay team of Madison Orr, Adam, Martinez, and DeTienne placed sixth.
Jordan Garner took third in the 100 meters, third in the discus, and fourth in the pole vault events.
Abbegail Robinson was fourth in the 100 meters and fifth in the long jump.
Adam placed sixth in the 800 meters.
Kenede Farrell finished seventh in the 3,200 meters.
Martinez was also eighth in the 400 meters.
Orr placed eighth in the pole vault to score team points.
Jayda Borgmeyer led the throwers by placing sixth in the discus and eighth in the shot put.
Second Monroe City meet
In a second meet at Monroe City with an open format, both the boys and girls programs competed against a mixture of larger schools like Hannibal and some Illinois and Iowa athletes with some smaller Missouri districts.
The meet was highlighted by Van-Far athletes competing in the school’s first ever javelin competition.
McMorris led the boys team by taking third with a toss of 93’3”. Snodgrass was fourth and Joe Ramirez-Hazel was sixth. Orr led the girls by taking second with a toss of 67’6” while Kurz was fourth overall.
The Indians overall were led by Wallace, who won the 400 meters in 55.54 seconds. In the same race, Barnes was third, Johnson placed fourth, and Flowers was sixth.
Wallace also finished sixth in the 100 meters, sixth in the 200 meters, and seventh in the pole vault.
Jacob Garner was third in the pole vault after clearing 11’.
“He has worked hard in the offseason as well as this season to improve after winning the district title as a freshman,” said Van-Far head coach Blake Logan. “He is really starting to understand the fundamentals that are going to take him to the next level of vaulting. I expect him to reach 11’6” by season’s end.”
Barnes was seventh in the 100 meters, eighth in the 200 meters,
Joe Ramirez-Hazel was also eighth in the 800 meters.
McMorris took second in the 1,600 meters as Sam Hazel was fifth and Tyler Robinson was seventh.
Tyler Robinson also took second and Sam Hazel was third in the 3,200 meters.
Crider took fifth in the 300-meter hurdles and sixth in the 110-meter hurdles.
In the throwing events, Snodgrass was fourth with a personal record of 114’. Nathan Beatty was fifth in the discus.
The Lady Indians’ 4×400-meter relay team of Abbegail Robinson, DeTienne, Dunn, and Martinez won their race with a time of 5:133.77.
Abbegail Robinson, Jordan Garner, Orr, and DeTienne were second in the 4×100.
Abbegail Robinson won the long jump with a leap of 15’5.50”. Her teammates also did well in the event as DeTienne was third, Aisha Ezeta was fifth, and Ashley Stanich took sixth.
In the 100 meters race, Jordan Garner was fourth and Abbegail Robinson was fifth.
In the 200 meters, Bethany Regot was sixth, Stanich was seventh, and Mackenzie Kurz was eighth.
Martinez had a solid meet taking second in both the 400 and 800 meters. Dunn was fifth in the 800 meters race.
Farrell won the 3,200 meters and took third in the 1,600 meters.
Ezeta was also third in the 300-meter hurdles and seventh in the 100-meter hurdles. She was also fourth in the triple jump.
Jordan Garner was second and Stanich took sixth in the discus event. Jordan Garner also took fourth in the pole vault.
Orr finished third in the triple jump.
“We ran open events only in order to compete against our own team in a meet setting,” Logan said. “Many kids who have only ran in relays were put into their opens and I believe it was great for them in multiple aspects. Really pleased with the kids effort in this meet that allowed us to compete against Iowa and Illinois schools from the tri-state area.”