In the final track meet at the old Jennie Jaynes Stadium, the Smith-Cotton boys track and field team came away with a first-place finish, scoring 180 points to nearly double the point total of second-place Center at the Smith-Cotton Invitational on Tuesday.
Smith-Cotton came away with eight first place finishes.
In the 1600, Smith-Cotton’s Taylor Gilliam took first with a time of 4:51.57. He led Smithton’s Isaac Calvert for the first 800 meters before Calvert moved to take the lead at the start of the third lap. Calvert held that lead for only 400 meters before Gilliam passed him and pulled away at the end. Calvert took second with a time of 4:54.06 with Cole Camp’s Mark Cooper third and Smith-Cotton’s Logan Parham fourth.
Calvert won the 3200 handily, pulling away early and racing home in 10:47.36 to win by 25 seconds.
“My dad told me to run out and set the pace,” he said. “I felt pretty good about it. I was pretty tight on the first mile but after that I loosened up and got into my regular pace.”
Keoni Hale won the boys 400 for Smith-Cotton with a time of 55.94.
Cole Camp’s Drew Harms won the 100 with a time of 11.14 and took second in the 200 with a time of 23.42.
Smith-Cotton’s Luke Guier was second in the 100. Smith-Cotton’s Henry Contreras and Albert Nash took third and fourth in the 200.
Windsor’s Jerry Nelson won the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.26, edging the Smith-Cotton duo of Marquez Raye and Michael Chernookiy who took second and third.
Nash won the 300 hurdles with a time of 43.62 despite clipping the final hurdle with his foot. Chernookiy was second with a time of 43.78.
Smith-Cotton took third in the 4x100 relay and the Smith-Cotton junior varsity was fourth in the 4x200.
Smith-Cotton’s Guier, Gilliam, Christian Sarabia and Parham won the 4x400 relay in 3:45.39, pulling away early and beating Center by more than a second.
Smith-Cotton took third in the 4x800 relay.
Chance Johnson won the high jump, clearing 6-2 while Smith-Cotton teammate Keoni Hale took second with a jump of 6-0.
“I feel really good about it considering it was off concrete,” Johnson said.
Smith-Cotton also went one-two in the pole vault with Zac Volk and Bailey Hendricks clearing 11-6. Nathan Vogelsmeier of Sweet Springs tied for third with a jump of 10-0.
Nash won the long jump, leaping 20-1. Hale was fourth with a jump of 19-1 and Vogelsmeier fifth.
Chernookiy won the triple jump, leaping 39-6. Nelson was second and Sarabia third.
Smith-Cotton’s Chaz Satnan took second in the shot put with a throw of 41-9. Teammate Jack Marsh was third and Windsor’s Dillyn Berschauer was fourth.
Berschauer won the discus with a throw of 125-4.
In the girls meet, Cole Camp and Smith-Cotton were the top area teams with 65 points each, good for fourth place. Higginsville won the girls meet with 98 points.
“We are so low in number with girls, we only have six girls total, and you score that many points, your kids are performing well,” said Cole Camp coach Tom Ward. “It’s getting closer to district time and that’s what you want them to do is be toward their best at this time of the year.”
Windsor took sixth with 39 points, Concordia eighth with 27.5 points, Stover ninth, Tipton 10th, Smithton 11th, Sweet Springs 12th and Pilot Grove 13th.
Kaleena Logan came away with a pair of first-place finishes in field events for Cole Camp, winning the long jump with a leap of 15-0 and the triple jump with a leap of 34-2.
“She’s really worked hard on her jumping,” Ward said. “You kind of expect to see her up there in the top two or three.”
Sweet Springs’ Nicole Bright was second in the triple jump, clearing 29-6.
Logan was also fourth in the high jump, an event in which teammate Madi Cook took second.
Windsor took first and second in the discus as Madilyn James took first with a throw of 86-11 and Bailey Rollins second with a throw of 86-2.
Cole Camp also got a win in the 800 from Kelsey Palmer who finished in 2:54.42. Jazzmine Meyer of Smith-Cotton was second in 2:56.11. Palmer also took fifth in the 1600.
The Bluebirds got a hurdles win from Megan Hare in the 100. She finished in 17.52, beating Windsor’s Shelby Williams who finished in 18.63.
Williams was also second in the 300 hurdles with a time of 55.62 after falling trying to clear the final hurdle.
“I strided out too far and I was tired,” she said. “I’m better at longer distances and I can step over the hurdles pretty well.”
Smith-Cotton’s Marionna Ward won that race in 51.62 and teammate Sarah Hughes took third. Hare was fourth.
Smith-Cotton’s Makeba Nash and Drae Marcum took third and fifth in the girls 100.
In the 200, Stover’s Montana Boles took third with a time of 29.06.