Three Chiefs win state medals
JEFFERSON CITY -- Two members of the Santa Fe girls' track and field team each won two medals during the MSHSAA Class 1 Championships, Friday and Saturday at Jefferson City.
Junior Sadie Limback earned her all-state honor in the jumps and sophomore Josey Burton did the same in the hurdles.
Limback exceeded her qualifying marks in both events, despite a slight pull on the thigh muscle in her right leg sustained during the sectional meet the previous week. In Friday's high jump competition, she made the first four heights -- each after missing the first attempt -- before being eliminated after completing five feet, one inch for fourth place.
The triple jump went a different direction Saturday. Limback opened with a leap of 33-8.5, but didn't reach the 33-foot mark again. In fifth place going into the finals, she wound up eighth.
Burton got off to a flying start Friday, especially in the 100-meter high hurdles, posting the second-best preliminary time at 16.30 seconds. She was seventh in the 300 low hurdles at 48.97 seconds.
Although she was only .01 seconds off her previous time in the 100 during Saturday's finals, Burton fell to sixth place at 16.31 seconds. She actually improved by .44 seconds in her second race in the 300, but slipped back to eighth.
Only one other Saline Area athlete walked away with a medal. Sweet Springs sophomore Kylee Winfrey had the sixth-fastest 100-meter dash time of 13.05 seconds, but was seventh in the finals at 13.27 seconds.
Despite nine entries, the Lady Chiefs picked up only 10 points to finish tied for 24th place in the team standings.
Junior Cara Hinz was 11th in the 3,200 (13:09.63) and 14th in the 1,600 (6:06.65), while sophomore Hannah Schuette placed 15th in the 800 (2:39.92).
Bookending the Friday activities were Santa Fe's two relay entries. In the first race of the day, the 3,200 relay (10:49.38) of Hinz, Schuette, senior Kylee Kuecker and junior Alexa Begemann was 11th in the finals.
The day's final event was the 1,600 relay (4:28.60), which saw the quartet of Burton, Kuecker, Hannah Schuette and freshman Maddi Schuette placed 15th.
Slater had only one entry, freshman Madison Beeler 11th in the prelims of the 200 (27.44).
On the boys' side, both Santa Fe junior Jonathan Montgomery and Sweet Springs senior Brett Hirst tied two other contestants for fourth place in the high jump at 5-9. All four made their first jumps at that opening height, and made any of their three attempts at 5-11.
The Chiefs' only other entry was sophomore Tanner Begemann in the pole vault. He cleared 10-3 on his second attempt, 10-9 on his third try and was unable to get over the bar again to wind up in a three-way tiebreaker for the eighth and final medal -- placing 10th due to having made the most vaults to reach his top mark.
Malta Bend junior Marcus Barney cut .27 seconds from his sectional time in the 100, but 18.60 seconds was only good enough for 12th place in the prelims.
The Slater 3,200 relay came as close to medaling as it could without doing so, placing ninth by 2.15 seconds at 8:43.55. After the first two legs by freshman Aidan Campbell and sophomore Ussery, the Wildcats were in fifth place, but were eighth after freshman Brody Jacobson's third leg and senior Tyler Newton was passed by Mound City in the final 1,600 meters.
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