Laxson wins for Owls at Chillicothe

Monday, April 8, 2019
Sophomore Brook Borchers set the pace for the Lady Owls' silver medal 800 relay. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

CHILLICOTHE -- Cyrus Laxson, where have you been?

The Marshall junior didn't compete for the track and field team last year, but is now making his presence felt. He won the Owls' fourth individual gold medal of the season Friday in the Joe Shy Relays at Chillicothe, improving his distance in the long jump (21 feet, 1.5 inches) by two feet, 1.5 inches.

Sophomore Braeden Bersano, who took first place in the high jump earlier in the week at Fayette, tied for third place (5-8). Those two accounted for 15.5 of Marshall's 11th-place total of 20.5 points.

The Owls' 3,200 relay (9:42.46) of freshman Michael Hechevarria and juniors Drew Arends, Damon Farina and Edgar Espinoza sliced over seven seconds off its best time to place seventh. An additional point each was added for eighth-place showings by Farina in the 800 (2:23.92) and sophomores Omar Quintana in the 400 (54.73 seconds) and Herson Renderos in the 1,600 (5:22.86) -- the last two with personal records.

Maryville (151 points) easily won the boys' title, while Trenton (127) also had a comfortable margin for the girls' championship. The illness-plagued Lady Owls (50) tied for fifth.

Senior Lauren McComas picked up two silver medals for Marshall, in the long jump (15-3.5) and as part of the 800 relay (1:54.84) -- joining freshman Jada Lance, sophomore Brook Borchers and senior Maggie Sherman to lower its time .83 seconds.

The 3,200 relay (11:06.95) of Sherman, freshman Leah Weaver and juniors Elizabeth Hurst and Hannah Pomerenke placed fourth and the 400 relay (55.39) also improved its time behind McComas, seniors Kyanna Hayes and Calista Schupp, and sophomore Raziyah Thomas.

Lance was third in the 100 (13.61) and fourth in the 200 (28.24), Pomerenke placed third in the 1,600 (5:54.93), Sherman came in third in the 400 (1:08.71), Thomas took fifth place in the 100 hurdles (18.36) and Borchers finished seventh in the 100 (13.93).

Also setting personal records for the Marshall girls were Hurst in the 1,600 (6:39.03) -- by almost 10 seconds -- freshman Cynthia Martinez in the 100 hurdles (19-.36) and freshman Danasia Hammer in both the high jump (4-2) and discus (92-11). Junior Mephi Daleen (38-11) and sophomore Manuel Garcia (35-10.5) also improved their standards in the shot put.

The Owls will head to Boonville on Friday for the McCush Invitational.

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