Lady Chiefs claim sectional track title
CLINTON -- Freshman Cara Hinz helped the Santa Fe girls' track and field team score 32 of its 92 points Saturday to win the Class 1, Section 3 Championships at Clinton.
Hinz won the 3,200-meter run (13:21.29), was third in the 1,600 and kicked off the third-place 3,200 relay in front of sophomore Kylee Kuecker, freshman Sadie Limback and senior Katey Peters and fourth-place 1,600 relay ahead of Limback, Peters and junior Kylie Limback.
Kylie Limback defended her sectional title in the 400 (1:01.03) and third in the shot put. Senior Lexi Smith was second in both the shot put and discus and placed fourth in the triple jump, while sophomore Lydia Wetter came in second in the pole vault.
The Lady Chiefs had nine athletes qualify for the MSHSAA Class 1 Championships in 12 events, finishing 23 points ahead of runner-up Glasgow.
Kuecker advanced in the 1,600, as did the 400 relay of Wetter, Peters, junior Kenzie Phillips and senior Masey Peters.
Malta Bend senior Sabra Cronk made the cut in the long jump and 100 while Sweet Springs won a pair of bronze medals: junior Kortnee Vaught in the pole vault and junior Miranda Tyler in the discus. Slater's lone state qualifier was sophomore Elizabeth Johnson in the 300 low hurdles.
Four Santa Fe boys will move on in five events, including junior Luke Schmidt, winner of the 110 high hurdles (16.18 seconds) and silver medalist in the triple jump.
Also placing second were junior Issiac Blomberg in the 110 hurdles and junior Ben Reeders in the shot put, with senior Tim Nienhueser placing fourth in the discus.
The Chiefs garnered 59 points to tie for fifth place, District 5 champion Hardin-Central taking the crown with 136 points.
The Wildcats' lone state entry is senior Cole Skinner, second in the long jump. Sweet Springs and Malta Bend were not represented in the sectional.
The two-day state meet begins Friday at Jefferson City.
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