Setting new records

syeagle@demo-mo.comMay 24, 2013 

Not only did both the Midway boys and girls track and field teams bring home second place finishes from the Class 1 state championships May 17-18 at Lincoln University, Jefferson City, they also broke records.

The Lady Vikings smashed three school records and even shattered a state record on their way to the silver medal, picking up four first places.

And senior Kathleen Yoakum was a part of every single one of those gold medals, earning two on her own.

“It feels good,” Yoakum said. “It’s a good accomplishment to end your senior year like that. As a team, we did really well, so we were all really happy.”

The Midway girls placed second out of 55 teams with a team score of 58 points.

Yoakum took first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.71 seconds, smashing the old school record of 59.2. She also placed first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 25.13 seconds.

“I just expected to place in the top two or three so I was surprised,” Yoakum said. “(My team) just kept congratulating me and they were saying how awesome it was and it was so great.”

On top of that, the 4x400-meter relay team of Yoakum, senior Jessica Owens, senior Cady Wright and sophomore Dee Stark set a new state record with a first place finish of 4:04.75. The old record was set in 1991 by Rock Port with a time of 4:09.55.

“We looked at the time right after and we knew we had broke it,” Yoakum said. “We have our names up there for the state.”

That time also breaks the relay team’s own school record set earlier this season of 4:10.15. And the same four girls finished first in the 4x200-meter relay with a time of 1:47.86, a new school record.

On top of the four gold medals, junior Megan O’Brien placed third in the pole vault with a height of 9 feet, 6 inches, followed by sophomore teammate Laine Mills tied for ninth with a height of 8 feet.

The 4x100-meter relay team of Owens, Wright, Mills and sophomore Taylor Pierce took third with a time of 53.04. The 4x800-meter relay team of Stark, Owens, senior Allie Hayes and sophomore Terri Pierce finished seventh with a time of 10:30.63.

Wright also took fourth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48.36. Junior Miranda Dahman took 10th in the triple jump with a distance of 32 feet, 3 1/4 inches.

The Midway boys’ track and field team took second out of 45 teams with a team score of 44 points with one gold medal.

The 4x200-meter relay team of senior Dylan Wise, junior Bobby Zielinski, sophomore Conor Hayes and junior Shane White placed first with a time of 1:33.62, breaking the old school record.

The 4x400-meter relay team of sophomore Clay Dahman, Hayes, Wise and Zielinski took second with a time of 3:32.2.

Junior Peyton Semsch took second in the pole vault with a height of 12 feet, 9 inches, sixth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.17 and sixth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.38.

Zielinski also finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.06 seconds and fifth in the high jump with a height of 6 feet, 2 inches.

Junior Joey Beller placed seventh in the shot put with a distance of 43 feet, 3 1/2 inches and ninth in the discus throw with a toss of 121 feet, 6 inches. Dahman took 10th in the long jump with a distance of 19 feet, 6 inches.

Wise placed 11th in the 400-meter dash preliminaries with a time of 53.21, but did not qualify for finals.

The Drexel boys’ track and field team took 11th with a team score of 24 points with one gold medal.

The 4x800-meter relay team of sophomore Jacob Antley, senior CJ Bolton, senior Chase Reynolds and senior Cody Russell finished first with a time of 8:23.25.

The 4x400-meter relay team of Bolton, Antley, junior Javyn Johnston and senior Trevor Cooley took third with a time of 3:33.36.

Junior Hunter Sturm took sixth in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 2 1/2 inches and placed ninth in the 100-meter dash preliminaries with a time of 11.66.

Antley finished sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:08.45. Reynolds took seventh in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:37.62 and 11th in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:48.61.

Bolton tied for 11th in the high jump with a height of 5 feet, 10 inches. Sophomore Tyler Allen placed 12th in the 200-meter dash preliminaries with a time of 23.71.

Cooley placed 16th in the triple jump with a distance of 35 feet, 9 inches and 15th in the 400-meter dash preliminaries with a time of 54.09. Johnston took 13th in the 400-meter dash preliminaries with a time of 53.59.

The Drexel girls’ track and field team tied for 34th with a score of 5 points.

The 4x800-meter relay team of sophomore Jenna Bartholomew, sophomore Lauryn Campbell, sophomore Sarah Cawby and freshman Jacy Bolton took fourth with a time of 10:24.32.

Bartholomew also took 15th in the 800-meter run preliminaries with a time of 2:46.41.

The Archie girls’ track and field team finished 20th in the Class 2 state championships with a team score of 11 points.

The 4x800-meter relay team of senior Kara Fisher, junior KC James, sophomore Mary Kurzweil and junior Jordan Schulte placed fifth with a time of 10:01.02.

Senior Halie Schaefer took sixth in the discus throw with a distance of 113 feet, 5 inches and eighth in the shot put with a toss of 36 feet, 3/4 inches.

Schulte finished sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:21.47. Kurzweil placed 11th in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:26.89.

The Archie boys tied for 47th with a team score of 3 points. Senior Austin Reynolds took sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:59.65.

The Sherwood girls tied for 51st in Class 2 with 1 team point.

The 4x100-meter relay team of junior Samantha Hopkins, senior Ashley Hayworth, junior Shelby Crusha and freshman Brecklyn Mainard took eighth with a time of 52.16. Junior Shannon Feurt placed ninth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:29.58.

Crusha finished 11th in the long jump with a distance of 15 feet, 7 3/4 inches and 14th in the 100-meter dash preliminaries with a time of 13.39. Hopkins placed 14th in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.15.

The 4x200-meter relay team of Mainard, Hayworth, Crusha and Hopkins took 11th in the preliminaries with a time of 1:51.89.

The Sherwood boys also competed at state, but did not have a team placement. Sophomore Brandon Lindsey placed ninth in the discus throw with a toss of 126 feet, 9 inches.

Sophomore Brett Nigh took 11th in the 100-meter dash preliminaries with a time of 11.58.

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