When Raymore-Peculiar track coach Jamin Swift decided the Panthers girls had a shot at a conference title, he made it a busy day for Morgan Smith.
Swift figured the Panthers needed points from Smith if they were going to compete with Lee’s Summit North and Blue Springs in Suburban Conference Gold meet, and that’s just what they got.
Smith competed in four events, won three of them, and the Panthers took home the girls team title May 9 at Lee’s Summit North.
Smith’s performance helped the Panthers squeak by the host Broncos by 5 ½ points: 141.33 to 135.83. Blue Springs wound up a close third with 125.
“We went into the meet knowing it would be a two-way tie between Blue Spring and Lees Summit North ...with us close behind,” Swift said. “Therefore we chose to run Morgan in four open events.”
Smith won the 100-meter hurdles in 15.18 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 45.82 and the high jump with a 5-foot-2 leap. She placed second in the 200 at 25.89, which gave her enough points to win the Golden Shoe award given to the highest individual scorer in the meet.
Smith helped Ray-Pec score in 16 of 18 events and build a two-point lead over LS North and Blue Springs. The Panthers were able to hold them off by placing second, fifth and sixth in the 3,200 and second in the 1,600 relay.
Besides Smith, Ray-Pec also had conference champions in shot putter Alexis Acklin and long jumper Kiarrah Moore. Moore was also second in the triple jump.
Ray-Pec’s boys team finished fifth with 62 points. Jason Fambrough led the Panthers with second-place finishes in the 1,600 and 3,200 while Loren Anderson (110 hurdles), Chris Alleman (high jump) and Tyree Snorgrass (triple jump) also placed second.
Ray-Pec’s girls and boys teams will compete May 17 in the Class 4 District 7 meet at Lee’s Summit High’s Bud Hertzog Stadium.