Several Van-Far boys and girls track and field athletes had top eight finishes at meets recently held at North Callaway and Wright City.
The Indians scored 112 team points to take second in the North Callaway Invitational as they beat the host Thunderbirds by six points. Bowling Green was the top team.
Van-Far was led by Tyler Robinson, who won both the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters. His teammate Sam Hazel was second in the 3,200 meters.
Parker Wallace won the 200 meters in 24.45 seconds. He also placed second in the 400 meters and fourth in the 100 meters.
Jacob Garner won the 100 meters with a time of 11.77 seconds. He was also third in the pole vault and fifth in the 400 meters.
Trevor Crider scored team points with a seventh place finish in the 300-meter hurdles.
As for relays, the 4×100-meter team of Nick Barnes, Joseph Clithero, Jacob Garner, and Wallace won their event with a time of 46.33 seconds.
Verlyn Johnson, Tyler Robinson, Crider, and Hazel took third in the 4×800.
The 4×200 team of Alex Flowers, Johnson, Barnes, and Crider placed fourth.
Van-Far’s 4×400 team of Lathyn McMorris, Johnson, Flowers, and Barnes finished fourth as well.
As for throwers, Kyle Ebers paced the Indians with a fourth place finish in the discus. Andrew Snodgrass was fifth.
In the shot put, Nathan Beatty took seventh and Andrew Snodgrass was eighth.
The Lady Indians placed fourth overall with 91.5 points, beating Mexico by 5.5 points. Bowling Green was the top team.
The Lady Indians were led by Abbegail Robinson, who won the long jump with a leap of 16’2”. She was also third in the 100 meters.
Jordan Garner won the pole vault after clearing 8’3”. She also took second in the discus and fourth in the 100 meters.
Jayle Jennings was second in both the 1,600 and 3,200 meters and was sixth in the triple jump. Kenede Farrell took seventh in the 3,200 meters.
Juliana Martinez was seventh in the 400 meters.
Taryn Adam placed sixth in the 800.
Aishe Ezeta took eighth in the 100-meter hurdles.
As for relays, Madison Orr, Alexis DeTienne, Jordan Garner, and Robinson took fourth in the 4×100.
Madeleine Dunn, Jennings, Dunn, and Adam were fourth in the 4×800.
Dunn, Martinez, DeTienne, and Adam were sixth in the 4×400.
The 4×200-meter relay team of Robinson, DeTienne, Orr, Adam was seventh.
As for throwers, Jayda Borgmeyer was fifth in the discus and sixth in the shot put.
In the pole vault, Orr did take fifth.
In Wright City, Van-Far’s boys placed eighth in the 15-team meet after scoring 40 team points. Warrenton won the meet.
Van-Far’s 4×400-meter relay team of Jacob Garner, Flowers, Barnes, and Wallace won their race in 3:40.64.
Their time ranks them for the third best in Class 1.
Parker Wallace took third in the 100 meters,
Tyler Robinson was third in the 3,200 meters
Jacob Garner was fifth in the 100 meters,
The 4×100-meter relay team of Flowers, Crider, Barnes, and Clithero took fifth.
Van-Far’s 4×200-meter relay team of Jacob Garner, Barnes, Clithero, and Wallace was fifth.
The 4×800-meter relay team of Tyler Robinson, McMorris, Hazel, and Crider took third.
The Lady Indians were fourth in the 15-team event at Wright City as they picked up 68 points.
Abbey Robinson took second in the long jump and seventh in the 100 meters.
Jordan Garner was fourth in the pole vault and fourth in the 100 meters.
Jennings took second in the 1,600 meters, second in the 3,200 meters, and was sixth in the triple jump.
Borgmeyer placed fourth in the shot put and placed fifth in the discus
The 4×800 team of Jennings, Adam, Dunn, and Martinez took fourth.
A 4×100 team of Jordan Garner, Abbey Robinson, DeTienne, and Orr took fifth.
Adam, DeTienne, Dunn, and Martinez were eighth in the 4×400-meter relay race.
“I am extremely proud of the boys and girls for their early season improvements,” said Van-Far head boys track and field coach Blake Logan.
“We are still looking to build on the success we had early in the season to make a run at conference and districts. I expect Boomer (Sharrod Connor) to return this week or next. He will give the boys more options on relays. The weather has gotten better so I believe we are going to see our times/distances, and therefore success, continue to improve.”