Lady Owls send four entries to sectional

Monday, May 14, 2012
Marshall senior Britney Harris cleared the first three heights of the pole vault competition, but wound up seventh at the district meet. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

MEXICO -- The strength of the Marshall track and field team this season has been girls' sprinters, and it was that group which provided the team with most of its medals Saturday during the Class 3, District 4 Championships at Mexico.

The Lady Owls finished ninth out of 16 teams, with four entries advancing to the Section 2 meet Saturday at St. Louis.

Junior Rachel Brown and sophomore Isis Foster qualified in three events, one each individually and both -- along with junior Jashawna Terry -- in a pair of relays. Those three and sophomore Megan Breshears posted Marshall's best time of the season while placing third in the 400 relay (52.48 seconds), and freshman Abigail Henke joined the trio for third in the 4x200 (1:53.47).

Brown knocked .52 seconds off her personal-best time while posting the top time in the preliminaries of the 100-meter hurdles (16.18). Her finals time was her second-fastest (16.51), but still good enough for fourth place.

Foster also logged a personal best in the first run of the 200 (27.18), coming in fourth, but even slightly slower placed second in the finals (27.35). She also picked up a team point with eight place in the long jump (14 feet, 1.25 inches).

Terry was sixth in the 100 dash prelim and couldn't improve upon that finish in the finals (13.88). Henke came in sixth in the 400 (1:06.7), despite winning the first -- and slower -- section by a full second.

Meanwhile, senior Arozo Shahabzada -- who competed in three state cross country meets -- wasn't able to make it during her last try in track, finishing eighth in the 3,200 (13:29.4).

Although senior Britney Harris and junior Kirby Brayman were tied with four other entries for the top seeded height in the pole vault, neither was able to advance. Harris was a foot under her personal record, which wound up as the cut-off, to place seventh (7-6) and Brayman didn't clear the bar at its opening setting.

Other Lady Owls improving upon their previous marks were senior Reina Sasaki in the 800 (3:16.6), freshman Kellen Renard in the 3,200 (13:52.9), freshman Merrah Harris in the shot put (29-7.5) and freshman Allie Lemmons in the discus (77-0).

The best hope for a medal from the Marshall boys was sophomore middle-distance runner Zach Glassmaker, who was seeded second in both the 400 and 800. However, he's been suffering from shin splints, which prevented from finishing the longer race last week during the NCMC Championships.

Glassmaker scratched from the 400 to concentrate on one event, and was in the top four of the 800 through the final turn, but his injuries caused him to fall back down the stretch and wind up sixth (2:05.9) -- 2.1 seconds behind the fourth-place qualifier -- for all of the Owls' three team points.

Sophomore Victor Ronzon ran away from the field in the first section of the 1,600 (5:08.10), slicing 6.24 seconds off his personal record, but the faster second heat eclipsed his time and he ended up 17th.

No other MHS boys came close to advancing, although some had their top career performances: junior D'Onte Henderson in the 100 (13.12) and 200 (25.78), freshman Zach Petzoldt in the 1,600 (5:39.33) and senior Micheal McNelly in the discus (88-1).

As it did at the NCMC meet, Hannibal won both the boys' (193 points) and girls' (93) titles.

The Lady Owls' four entries will be seeking top-four finishes Saturday at the Mary Institute/Country Day School-hosted sectional meet in order to move on to state.

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