Pomerenke leads Owls during debut meet
Marshall senior Elizabeth Pomerenke began her third athletic season of the year Thursday by winning four medals on the Wayne O'Neal Track.
A state qualifier in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, Pomerenke topped the Lady Owls' track and field team at the Marshall Open. Marshall's top player in girls' tennis and a starting guard in basketball, Pomerenke won the metric mile (5:57) and placed second in the 800 (2:48.85).
Pomerenke also ran legs on the second-place 1,600 (4:46.47) and 3,200 (10:54) relay teams. She was joined in the middle-distance race by freshman Carlie Aldredge and sophomores Dayjha Hill and Maggie Sherman -- by Aldredge, freshman Hannah Pomerenke and senior Sabrina Borgman in the long-distance competition.
The Lady Owls swept the top three spots in the 1,600, with the Pomerenke sisters coming in 1-2 and Aldredge placing third. The 800 relay (2:07.34) of Sherman, Hill, sophomore Lauren McComas and freshman Lana Boatman.
The Marshall boys didn't have much individual success, with junior Aaron Chastine placing third in the discus (108 feet, two inches) -- beating his personal record by 10 feet. The relay combo of senior Ayden Price, juniors Darius Rich and Omar Tinoco, and sophomore Jairon Jasper was second in the 400 (48.44 seconds) and third in the 800 (1:41.69) -- both times topping the Owls' best performances a year ago.
Three of the four Saline Area Class 1 schools also participated in the event, with the Sweet Springs boys getting a stellar showing from senior Brett Hirst with wins in the high jump (6-0) and long jump (20-6.5) and second place in the triple jump (37-8) -- behind Malta Bend senior Lucas Eberting (38-3), a basketball teammate with the Greyhounds who also placed second in the long jump (19-7.5).
Sophomore Joey Cox was third in the 200 (24.15), senior John Markes finished third in the high jump (5-6) and the 3,200 relay of the Markes twins -- John and Joe -- sophomore Riley Vogelsmeier and freshman Keegan Honeycutt came in second (10:15).
Winning the 3,200 relay (9:53) was Slater behind sophomores Gavin Ussery and Camden Fry and freshmen Keegan Duncan and Bo Morland. Ussery was also second in the 800 (2:22).
The Lady Wildcats received two gold medals from senior Elizabeth Johnson in the 100 (18.19) and 300 (52.37) hurdles. Sophomore Jayleigh Perrin was second in the shot put (33-8) and the 400 relay (57.22) of Johnson, senior Katie Mickels and freshmen Madi Beeler and Kylee Burlingame was third.
Sophomore Gabby Snyder, who ran for Marshall last year, was second in the 100 hurdles (18.31) for the Lady 'Hounds and senior Emily Phillips came in third in the long jump (14-9) and triple jump (30-5).
Malta Bend picked up a win from senior Julah Holt in the discus (102-11).
Marshall is scheduled to complete in the Warrensburg Triangular on Tuesday.
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