Lady Owls third at Smith-Cotton meet

Friday, April 20, 2012
Senior Arozo Shahabzada won the 1,600 and 3,200 runs to lead the Lady Owls to third place in the Smith-Cotton Invitational. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

SEDALIA -- The Marshall girls' track and field won three gold medals to finish in third place Tuesday at the Smith-Cotton Invitational.

Senior Arozo Shahabzada was a two-time winner, taking both the 1,600-meter (6:13.50) and 3,200 (13:23.01) runs. A pair of Lady Owls claimed fifth place in those events, freshman Kellen Renard in the 1,600 (6:31.95) and senior Jackie Linares in the 3,200 (16:51.99).

Also having a good meet was sophomore Isis Foster, who took the 200-meter dash (27.62) and was part of two medaling relay teams with juniors Rachel Brown and Jashawna Terry. With sophomore Megan Breshears as the fourth member of the quarter, Marshall was second in the 4x100 (55.22 seconds), while freshman Abigail Henke joined the trio for third place in the 4x200 (1:57.62).

Breshears was second in the triple jump (30 feet, 7 inches), Brown came in third in the 100 high hurdles (18.12) and fourth in the high jump (4-8) -- with sophomore Bri Varner in fifth (4-6) -- and Henke placed third in the 400 (1:10.47).

Juniors Britney Harris (7-6) and Kirby Brayman (7-0) were third and fifth, respectively, in the pole vault to help the Lady Owls accumulate 80.75 points -- finishing behind Higginsville (111.75 points) and O'Hara (97.75) of Kansas City.

The Huskers also won the boys' title with 132.5 points, while Marshall tied for 12th. All five of the Owls points came from a fourth-place performance from sophomore Victor Ronzon in the 1,600 (5:14.34) and sixth place for junior D'Onte Henderson in the triple jump (34-5.5).

The Sweet Springs girls tallied 34 points for sixth place, led by senior Brittany Higgins -- who won the triple jump (31-4.5), was second in the 300 low hurdles (55.60) and third in the long jump (14-3.5).

Senior Hope Heaper placed fourth in both the shot put (32-4) and discus (94-2) and freshman Nicole Bright came in fifth in the triple jump (28-2.5).

The Greyhounds didn't garner any medals in boys' competition, their top finish being ninth for freshman Pepe Lozano in the pole vault (7-6).

Marshall competed in the Frank McCush Invitational at Boonville on Friday, April 13, but repeated attempts to secure results have proven unsuccessful. The Owls added Thursday's Carrollton Invitational to their schedule at the last minute, according to co-head coach Jim Papreck, and results from that meet will be reported when available.

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