Wells is Marshall's lone sectional qualifier

Monday, May 16, 2011
Marshall sophomore Michaela Henke set a personal record in the 400-meter dash during the district track meet. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

MEXICO -- The rest of the track and field season will be a lonely sojourn for senior Katie Wells.

The two-time all-state distance runner was the only member of Marshall team to medal Saturday in the Class 3, District 4 Championships at Mexico -- and then in only one of her two events.

Wells placed second to Hannibal senior Emma Burditt, the NCMC champion, in the 3,200-meter run (11:57.34) -- in which she finished third at state last year and fourth as a sophomore. Wells missed the cut for advancing to the sectional meet in the 1,600 (5:36.90) with a fifth-place showing, after medaling in both at state the last two years.

Those performances accounted for all but one of the 14 of the points tallied by the Lady Owls, who finished 15th out of 16 teams. The release earlier in the season of three freshman and sophomore sprinters whose top times would have put them in points contention for had its impact.

Marshall's remaining point came from an eighth place by sophomore Sarah Breshears in the 400 (1:08.76). Sophomore Michaela Henke was 11th in the 200 (30.15 seconds) and 14th in the 200 (1:10.07), freshman Megan Breshears came in 15th in the 100 (14.6), junior Arozo Shahabzada came in 12th in the 1,600 (6:18.43) and 16th in the 3,200 (13:24.72) and sophomore Courtney Krusha was 23rd in the 800 (3:12.94).

The 400 relay (59.72) of the Breshears girls, Henke and sophomore Sam Leimkuehler was 10th and the 1,600 relay (5:06.38) of Sarah Breshears, Henke, Leimkuehler and Wells came in 11th.

In field event, Megan Breshears was 15th in the long jump (12 feet, 3.5 inches), sophomore Kirby Brayman (7-6) placed eighth and sophomore Brittany Harris (7-0) 10th in the pole vault and junior Skylar Simpson wound up 20th in the discus (66-11).

The Marshall boys' top candidate for a medal pulled out of the meet, freshman Zach Glassmaker -- third in the NCMC and fifth at the prestigious Mizzou Relays in the 800 -- having suffered through the degenerative effects of an ankle injury sustained during the basketball season.

That left only five Owls competing, senior Matt Marburger having to the top performance with a 10th in the discus (111-10). Senior Jonathan Phillips was 29th in the discus (9-25), while in the shot put senior Andrew Green (38-0) had a personal record while coming in 15th and sophomore Zarrick Williams (34-2.5) placed 24th.

Williams was also 18th in the 100 dash (12.73), junior Michael McNelly finished 17th in the 400 (1:05.83) and freshman James Elfrink placed 19th in the 1,600 (5:50.63).

Wells will continue her quest to add a fifth state medal to her career log Saturday during the Class 3, Section 2 Championships, also at Mexico.

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