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Van-Far track shines at North Callaway

Posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 1:50 pm

The Van-Far boys and girls track and field program had several top finishes in a North Callaway meet featuring eight schools that were Class 2 or larger.

Boys team

In spite of the meet with several bigger schools, many Van-Far boys athletes had stand-out performances.

Sharrod Connor won the 100 meters with a time of 11.54 seconds.

He also teamed Josh Hodde, Parker Wallace, and Jacob Garner to help the 4×100 (46.25) and the 4×200 (1:34.68) relay teams win their races.

Wallace won the 400 meters race with a time of 53.99 seconds while his teammate Alex Flowers was seventh (58.84).

Hodde went on to win the 110-meter hurdles (16.04) and take third in the long jump (19’05.50”).

Jacob Garner was also fourth in the pole vault (10’6”) and sixth in the 100 meters (11.77).

Dillion Minor took fifth in the 200 meters (24.84).

In the distance races, Lathyn McMorris was third in the 1,600 meters (12:06.35). Teammate Sam Hazel took seventh in the 3,200 meters (4:52.23).

Crider took seventh in the 300-meter hurdles (45.55).

The 4×800-meter relay squad of Verlyn Johnson, Zakkary Strange, Morgan Slatten, and Patrick Finnegan was third (9:08.80).

A 4×400-meter relay team of Jacob Garner, Verlyn Johnson, Wallace, and Crider was fifth (3:54.04).

Nathan Beatty also placed as he took eighth in the discus (110’01”).

The Lady Indians had several top performances during the meet in North Callaway. Makayla McAfee placed third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 54.34 seconds. She was also eighth in the 100-meter hurdles (19.12). McAfee also helped the 4×400-meter relay team take eighth with a time of 5:10. She was joined by Katie Elzea, Alyse Jensen, and Aubrey Bunge.

The 4×400 squad of Alex Connaway, Lauren Shaw, Taryn Adam, and Vanessa Martinez placed seventh (12:37).

In the distance races, Jayle Jennings took fifth in a tough field for the 1,600 meters (6:19) and she just missed placing in the 800 meters (2:51).

Several athletes just missed earning team points. Those finishing in ninth include Jordan Garner (discus-91’4”), Elzea (400 meters, 1:14.28), Maddie McAfee (800 meters, 16:30), and Alivia Graddy (triple jump, 28’10.25”).

“It was a very large meet with 11 teams and pretty much unlimited entries some of the races had 40 some girls in,” said Van-Far head coach Kris Cross. “The girls are improving steadily and doing a great job of working hard in practice. The weather is hurting the time we can spend on field events, but hopefully in the next couple weeks that will get better.”