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Two Owls medal at Smith-Cotton meet

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

SEDALIA -- The Marshall cross country team won two varsity medals and four on the junior varsity level Saturday at the Smith-Cotton Invitational in Sedalia

Junior Roxana Avolos, the Lady Owls' only entry on the championship level, placed fourth (22:26) -- slicing her previous best time on the Clover Dell Park course by more than a minute-and-a-half. Sophomore Ben Sporleder (17:35) finished seventh in the boys' race.

Marshall also saw junior James Elfrink (20:16) improve 15 second on his course time, while sophomore Zach Petzoldt (20:32) knocked 63 seconds off his personal record.

For the second time this season, sophomore Abigail Henke (24:21) won a JV girls' race, with juniors Lydia Kays (27:22) and Elizabeth Borges (28:23) placing seventh and 10th respectively.

Sophomore Caleb Jarvis (21:47) was 12th among JV boys, while freshman Logan Davis (22:37) came in 18th and senior Aaron Kerksiek (27:07) improved by 44 seconds on the course.

The varsity races were won by a pair of runners who won all-state medals by placing sixth in the MHSAA Class 1 Championships last year: senior Dakota Shoemaker (16:45) of Humansville and Stover senior Amy Schroeder (20:26).

The Owls will host the Marshall Invitational on Saturday.

Girls' Golf: Lady Owls host tourney

Junior Lindsey Sullivan reduced her 18-hole score from a year ago on Indian Foothills Golf Course by eight strokes Monday during the Marshall Invitational.

Sullivan tied for 21st place in a field of 33 entries with a 109. She bogeyed one hole on the front nine, but then made three straight on the turn.

Freshman Margaret Miles shot a 122, junior Kalie Cowart came in at 132 and junior Caitlin Crawford posted a 133 for the Lady Owls' team score of 496.

Warrensburg (376 points) took the championship by six strokes over Helias, while Cole Camp senior Meg Keck -- a three-time all-stater who was second in last year's MSHSAA Class 1 Championships -- won the individual gold medal by eight strokes with a six-over-par 78.

Marshall competes today in the California Invitational.

Boys' Swimming: Corkill medals twice

KANSAS CITY -- Marshall freshman swimmer Jesse Corkill medaled in both of his individual events Saturday during the Park Hill Invitational at Kansas City.

Corkill had his highest finish of the young season with a sixth place in the 100-yard backstroke (1:06.04), then immediately returned to the pool to come in 10th in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.76).

Sophomore Wathal Kays was 24th out of 40 entries in the 50 freestyle (26.96) and 28th out of 42 in the 100 free (1:03.66).

Corkill, Kays, junior Ben Corkill and freshman Seth Layton combined to place 12th in the 200 medley relay (2:28.01) and 13th in the 200 free relay (2:11.51).

The Owls will head back to the metro area Sept. 25 for a meet at Blue Springs South.

Softball: Boonville 12, Marshall 1

Boonville feasted on 15 walks Monday during an 11-1 NCMC road win over the Marshall softball team.

With senior Raha Shahabzada on the shelf with an injury, the Lady Owls have had to turn to back-ups over the last two games. The Lady Pirates took advantage by drawing two bases loaded walks during the four-run first inning, which began with a double by freshman Havyn Monteer and sophomore Olivia Imhoff's single.

Sophomore Addyson Reardon doubled and scored on Marshall's lone error of the game in the second and five more free passes led to four runs in the third. Imhoff stroked a solo homer run in the fifth and two runs on four walks in the sixth resulted in an early end to the game.

Freshman Michelle Surratt allowed only two hits and struck out seven batters for Boonville (11-2, 6-1 NCMC) -- the lone run unearned as senior Abby Crawford reached on an error in the sixth, stole second base and came in on junior Hannah Pace's two-out single.

The Lady Owls (1-13, 0-8) will be at home today for a non-conference contest against Slater, which has won two of its last four games.

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