Therefore, the Owls won't be represented at the MSHSAA Championships this weekend at Jefferson City for the first time in over 20 years.
The closest Marshall came was in the 200-meter dash, where sophomore Isis Foster missed her personal record by a mere .01 seconds while placing fifth with a time of 27.19 seconds -- arriving .43 seconds behind freshman Seanea Williams of Westminster Christian in St. Louis for the last state berth in the event.
The Lady Owls 800-meter relay (1:50.73) of Foster, juniors Rachel Brown and Jashawna Terry, and freshman Abigail Henke sliced 2.2 seconds off its best time of the season -- but was 2.91 off the qualifying pace of St. Louis-North Tech while finishing sixth.
The 400 relay (51.88) -- Foster, Brown, Terry and sophomore Megan Breshears -- cut .60 seconds off its best time, but came in eighth. Brown was also eighth in the 100 hurdles (16.74), but wasn't close to her qualifying time.
Marshall's nine team points put it 21st out of 28 schools. University City (110 points) took the girls' title, while NCMC champion Hannibal (124.5) was tops among boys.