Lady Chiefs sending large delegation to state

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Malta Bend junior Sabra Cronk qualified for the state meet for the third time in the 200-meter dash. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

FAYETTE -- The Santa Fe girls' track and field team advanced 10 of 14 entries in Saturday's MSHSAA Class 1, Section 3 Championships at Fayette to the state meet.

The I-70 Conference-champion Lady Chiefs placed second in the team standings with 79 points, trailing only Glasgow (98 points) -- the same order as in the District 5 meet a week earlier at Marshall.

Sophomore Kylie Limback led the way for Santa Fe with a win in the 400-meter dash (1:01.99), third place in the 800 and running a leg in the silver-medal 3,200 relay with sophomore Katey Peters and juniors Molly Mahoney and Tristan Sowers.

The Lady Chiefs got second-place performances from freshman Kylee Kuecker in the 1,600 and sophomore Kaitlynn Oxley in the pole vault, junior Lexi Smith qualified in both the 100-meter hurdles and shot put, and Peters advanced in the 1,600.

They'll be joined at state by senior Brooke Barnett in the shot and freshman Lydia Wetter in the pole vault.

Slater senior Shay Babcock nearly came up with a sweep in her events, winning the high jump (5 feet) and long jump (16-0) and finished second in the triple jump -- for which she won a state medal last year.

Malta Bend junior Sabra Cronk advanced in three events -- the 100, 200 and long jump -- while sophomore Kortnee Vaught was Sweet Springs' lone qualifier, in the pole vault.

Slater tied for fourth among boys' teams with 39 points, Hardin-Central (126) taking the crown. The Wildcats' sprinters carried the water, with the 400 relay (45.92 seconds) of seniors Mat Curren, Caleb Pemberton and Noah Leimkuehler and junior Cole Skinner claiming the gold medal.

Pemberton punched his ticket in the 110 high and 300 intermediate hurdles, Leimkuehler made it in the 300 hurdles and Skinner finished in the top four in the 400.

Sophomore high jumper Issiac Blomberg and sophomore pole vaulter Ben Hinz will be Santa Fe's individual entries at state -- with the Chiefs also sending the 1,600 relay of Hinz, seniors Alex Martinez and Branden Rieves, and freshman Holden Bargfrede.

Sweet Springs senior Nathan Vogelsmeier, who recently signed with Missouri Valley College, rounds out the local delegation in the pole vault.

The MSHSAA Class 1 Championships will be held Friday and Saturday at Lincoln University's Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City.

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