Lady 'Cats take third straight district title

Monday, May 9, 2011
Sophomore Itzel Milan medaled in three events as the Lady 'Cats chalked up their third straight district championship. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

SLATER -- The Slater girls' track and field team won five events Saturday at Boonville to capture their third straight title in the Class 1, District 5 Championships.

Senior Ana Jackson won the 200- (27.3 seconds) and 400-meter (1:00.7) runs, with junior Jacqueline Anderson first in the 100 (13.1) and second in the 400 (1:03.6). Jackson and Anderson combined with junior Betty Goodman and freshman Shay Babcock to take both the 800 (1:53.9) and 1,600 (4:23.3) relays.

The Lady Wildcats got third-place showings from Goodman in the 300 low hurdles (53.0), Babcock in the triple jump (32 feet, 3.5 inches), sophomore Itzel Milan in the 3,200 (14:37.9), junior Brooke Clemons in the shot put (31-9.75) and senior Marissa Weiher in the pole vault (6-0).

By finishing fourth, Milan also qualified for the sectional meet in the 1,600 (6:45.3) and pole vault (5-6).

Slater distanced Glasgow for the title, 127 to 101 points. Sweet Springs came in fourth with 72 points and Santa Fe was eighth at 59.

Junior Hope Heaper won both the shot put (34-1) and discus (87-6) for the Lady Greyhounds, who also got wins from junior Chelsea Hollrah in the high jump (5-3) -- in which she is the defending state champion -- and junior Brittany Higgins in the long jump (15-5.5).

Higgins also took second in the triple jump (33-0.75), third in the 100 (13.4) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (53.4) -- with senior Monica Kornis placing fourth in the 3,200 (15:28.5).

The Lady Chiefs got a strong performance from sophomore Chelsea Winter with a second place in the 100 (13.4). The relay quartet of seniors Gia Baldwin and Anna Sleeper and sophomores Hailey Case and Kati Walker came in second in the 800 (1:56.1) and third in the 400 (56.1).

Junior Lauren Zitelman placed third in the 100 hurdles (18.4) and coming in fourth were Baldwin in the 200 (28.4), senior Heather Emde in the discus (82-3) and junior Lauren Wright in the shot (30-9).

The Santa Fe boys, who won the meet in 2009 and were second a year ago, came in third with 125.5 points -- Wellington-Napoleon nipping Concordia, 153 to 149.5 to first.

Junior Dakota Jones won the 400 (52.8) and triple jump (39-3.5) and senior Will Laws was the discus (139-3) champion for the Chiefs. Jones also placed second in the 200 (23.4) and Laws was fourth in the shot (40-10.75).

Sophomore Joe Livingston was second in the pole vault (9-6). Coming in third were junior Jeff Kuntz in the 400 (53.6), sophomore Matt Bodenhamer in the 3,200 (11:31.4), junior Ben Nienhueser in the high jump (5-6) and junior Bobby Steffens in the pole vault (9-6).

The 800 relay (1:38.5) of Kuntz, Livingston, sophomore Caleb Kirchhoff and freshman Alex Martinez placed third. Santa Fe also qualified both the 400 (49.1) and 3,200 (10:11.0) relays, Nienhueser in the 3,200 (11:33.8), junior James Dahl-Hines in the 300 hurdles (43.5) and long jump (19-2), and junior Andrew Vogel in the discus (110-3).

Slater was sixth in the team standings with 39 points, with senior Zach Sullivan placing second in the 110 hurdles (15.8) and third in the 300 (42.9). Senior Travis Holt was third in the long (19-4) and triple (38-10.25) jumps and freshman Caleb Pemberton fourth in the 110 (17.0).

Sweet Springs didn't advance any boys and Malta Bend had no qualifiers in either gender for the MSHSAA Class 1, Section 6 Championships being held Saturday at Richmond.

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  • I'm proud of the Wildcat tracksters! They've produced consistent all-state squads over the last several years -- all without the benefits of an actual track for practice. Can you imagine a football team going deep in the state playoffs without a football field or pads? Absolutely amazing! Good job to those young ladies and gents.

    -- Posted by tomcat24 on Mon, May 9, 2011, at 1:55 PM
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