Midway saw one career end and another one begin with a state championship at last weekend’s Class 1-2 state meet.
Senior Joey Beller capped his Viking career with a first-place finish in the Class 1 boys shot put, while freshman Adia Eberle won the Class 1 girls high jump as Cass County athletes brought home four gold medals from the May 23-24 meet at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.
Beller won the shot put title with a throw of 47 feet, 3 inches, beating Max Carrillo of St. Joseph Christian by one-quarter of an inch. It was his best mark of a season in which he showed steady improvement. On April 8 at the Viking Invitational he managed a winning shot of 43-10. His winning throw in Jefferson City was 4 ½ feet further.
This was Beller’s fourth, final, and longest state meet. A rain delay pushed back the field events an hour, but that didn’t detour Beller. The slippery conditions actually worked to his advantage. Shot putters who use the glide or spin throwing approach are more likely to slip in wet conditions.
Beller’s shuffle strategy allowed for better footing, and his longest shot of the year.
Eberle’s winning 5-2 jump was consistent with her year-long performance. Early in the season her lowest winning jump was 5 -0 at the Midway Invitational and the highest she attained was 5-2.5 effort at the Midway Combo on April 11. Her winning leap at state was 2 inches higher than second place finisher Tabitha Jackson of Appleton City.
Midway also defended its title in the Class 1 girls 800 relay, which Laine Mills, Dee Stark, Taylor Pierce, and Jessica Owens won with a time of 1 minute, 51.23, seconds, out-running Worth County by 0.48 of a second.
Archie’s Jordan Schulte became the school’s first Class 2 state champion when she won the 800 in 2:19.17. Schulte, who placed in all four of her events, joined Kacie Fisher, Brookelynn Brown and Mary Kurzweil to place third in the 3,200 relay and eighth in the 1,600 relay.