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Van-Far wins back-to-back Sectional titles

Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 12:28 pm

One week after winning their third straight district championship, Van-Far’s boys track and field team clinched its second straight Class 1, Section 1 title after a dominating performance this past weekend.
The Indians scored 116 team points, easily beating second place Harrisburg by 38 points.
Van-Far won Sectional titles in five different events and qualified nine athletes for the Class 1 State Championships in 12 total events.
“The kids did another great job of accomplishing what we needed them to do,” said Van-Far head coach Kevin Baldwin.
“The focus of the day was to advance as many kids as possible to the State Meet. It was a day of having to be smart about how we approached each event. With many kids competing in four events on another warm day, it was really more about getting in the top four and advancing instead of emptying your tank to win each event.”
Sharrod Connor was the fastest athlete in the meet as he won the 100-meter title after winning the race in 11.35 seconds. Jacob Garner took third to qualify (11.63).
Connor then advanced in the 200 meters after taking second (23.19).
Parker Wallace won the 400-meter title (51.73). Verlyn Johnson missed qualifying by just .22 seconds as he took fifth.
Lathyn McMorris won the 1,600 meters (4:37.35), was second in the 3,200 meters (10:46.09), and took third in the 800 meters (2:02.69).
Tyler Robinson was off pace in the 3,200 meters (11:15.33) as he scored team points with a fifth place finish but didn’t qualify.
Trevor Crider qualified for state in the 300-meter hurdles with a fourth place time of 43.23 seconds.
Jacob Garner also qualified in the pole vault after he cleared 10’06” for fourth place.
All four relay teams advanced. The 4×100-meter team of Jacob Garner, Connor, Wallace, and Crider won the Sectional title with a time of 44.49 seconds.
In the 4×200, Jacob Garner, Verlyn Johnson, Wallace, and Connor won that race (1:33.30).
A 4×400-meter squad of Alex Flowers, Verlyn Johnson, Crider, and Wallace placed second (3:34.53).
The 4×800-meter relay team followed with a second place finish (8:33.09). The runners included Sam Hazel, McMorris, Crider, and Robinson. The group broke its own school record.
“All four relays advanced to state,” Baldwin said. “This is a great accomplishment.”
Lady Indians
There was a time where the Lady Indians didn’t score a lot of points in a Sectional meet.
That changed this past Saturday when they had 30.5 team points for ninth place in a meet where 30 different schools earned points. They were just 7.5 points away from a top four finish. New Haven won the team title.
Van-Far did qualify for the Class 1 State Championships in four different events.
Jayle Jennings led the Lady Indians as she took third in the 1,600 meters (6:03.84) and fourth in the 3,200 meters (13:38.90).
Makayla McAfee was fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (50.99) to qualify for state.
Jordan Garner took fourth in the discus (93’02”) to qualify.
She just missed qualifying in the pole vault as she tied for fifth (7’). She also took seventh in the 100 meters (14.10).
Makayla McAfee was also seventh in the 100-meter hurdles (17.99).
Alivia Graddy was eighth in the triple jump (29’05.50”).
The 4×800-meter relay team of Taryn Adam, Alexandra Connaway, Juliana Martinez, and Lauren Shaw took eighth (11:54.03).
The 4×100-meter relay tem of Jordan Garner, Hannah Bauman, Madalyn Swafford, and Graddy had a DQ.