Once again, Raymore-Peculiar will have a large contingent competing for state track medals this weekend.
Ray-Pec qualified five girls in six individual events and two relays and three boys in five events at the Class5 sectional track meet May 20 at Blue Springs South. The top four finishers in each event got to move on to the Class 5 state meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Jefferson City High School.
Distance runners Miranda Dick and Makenzie Stucker led the way for the Ray-Pec girls. Dick placed first in the 3,200-meter run, and finished second to Stucker in the 1,600. Marissa Dick was fourth in the 3,200.
Ray-Pec also had Adrian Wright placed third in the 300-meter hurdles and Laurana Mitchell take fourth in the 800. Stucker, Marissa Dick, Mikayla Gifford and Mitchell took second in the 3,200 relay, and Wright, Garionna Pearl, Kylie Mitchell and Jaylynn Tucker were fourth in the 800 relay.
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Chris McKinzy qualified in two events for Ray-Pec’s boys by winning the 110 hurdles and placing second in the triple jump. Tyler Musgrave was also a double-qualifier with a second-place finish in the 3,200 and a fourth in the 1,600 and Joseph Schoenemann was fourth in the javelin.
Borer back in discus
Donna Borer of Pleasant Hill will defend her state discus title after winning the event in the Class 4 sectional at Blue Springs South.
Borer, a senior who won the Class 4 girls discus last year with a throw of 149 feet, 9 inches, took the sectional with a 134-9 throw. Borer also took first in the shot put with a 39-10 ¼ toss.
Sprinter Olivia Ferdig qualified in two individual events for Pleasant Hill with third-place finishes in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Ferdig also joined Breanna Curtis, Kylie Campbell and Caitlin O’Hanlon on the Chicks’ second-place 800 relay team.
Also qualifying for Pleasant Hill’s girls were Chloe Bloom, who took third in the discus, Lauren Redwine, who was second in the javelin, and Lauren Larkins, who was fourth in the 3,200.
Luke Woodall qualified for Pleasant Hill’s boys with a second-place finish in the pole vault.
Belton will be represented by Charles Vestal, who took fourth in the boys shot put, and the fourth-place boys 3,200 relay team of Noah Floyd, Mason Funk, Brandon Gibbs and Kory Snyder.
Harrisonville freshman Kaylee Harp qualified in two events, taking third in the girls 800 and fourth in the 400.
Queen back for one more
Summit Christian Academy senior Carlie Queen of Pleasant Hill can’t win another Class 2 girls high jump championship, but she will have a shot at the Class 3 title after qualifying at the Class 3 sectional meet in Clinton.
Queen, who won three straight Class 2 titles before SCA moved up a class in track this season, cleared 5 feet 8 inches to win the sectional. She also took first in the pole vault.
SCA will also have two three-event qualifiers in the Class 3 girls meet. Lenetta Lee took first in the 100 and 200 and second in the long jump, while Kaylee Lunn was second in the 100 and third in the triple jump and 300 hurdles.
The SCA boys 800 relay team of Simon Neuria, Malek Looney, Isaiah Vigliano and Zach McConnell placed first and the 1,600 relay of Joshua McConnell, Looney, Zach McConnell and Vigliano took third. Ethan Lind was third in the discus and Cade Robinson placed third in the shot put.