Miranda Dick is going the distance again.
Dick, who competed in the Class 5 girls 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs in last year’s state track meet, will be running for Raymore-Peculiar in both races again during this weekend’s Class 3-5 state track meet in Jefferson City.
Dick, a junior, qualified for a return trip to state when she placed in the top four in both events at the Class 5 sectional meet May 19 in Sedalia. Dick won the 3,200 with a time of 12 minutes, 29.19 seconds and was fourth in the 1,600.
Ray-Pec’s Mackenzie Stucker also qualified in the 3,200 with a fourth-place finish.
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In last year’s state meet, Dick placed fourth in the 3,200 and sixth in the 1,600.
Ray-Pec sprinter Garionna Pearl qualified in three events. Pearl, a junior, placed second in both the 100 and 200 and anchored the Panthers first-place 400 relay team. Pearl, Kylie Mitchell, Aliyah Green and Jaylynn Tucker had a winning time of 49.27 seconds.
Janae Thurston qualified for Ray-Pec by placing second in the javelin and the Panthers’ 800 and 3,200 relays advanced with third-place finishes.
Ray-Pec’s boys had two state qualifiers: Braden Zaner, who was second in the 3,200, and Michael Rexroad, who took fourth in the shot put.
Class 4 qualifiers
Pleasant Hill continued its reputation for good throwers by advancing one boy and two girls in the discus and shot put at the Class 4 sectional meet in Odessa.
Allee Brattin took first in the girls shot put with a toss of 36 feet, 5 inches to lead the Chicks. Lauren Redwine, who took first in the javelin with a 133-9 throw, also placed fourth in the shot put.
Pleasant Hill also had Chloe Bloom take second in the girls discus and Jered Clapp take third in the boys shot put. Jerod Rottinghaus qualified in both the boys 1,600 and 3,200.
Pleasant Hill has had state discus and shot put champions the past three seasons. Donna Borer won the Class 4 girls discus last season; Logan Blomquist was the Class 4 boys shot put champion and runner-up in the discus in 2016 and discus champion in 2015. John Berry was the Class 3 shot put champ in 2014.
Kaylee Harp of Harrisonville placed second in the girls 400 and fourth in the 800 to qualify in both events. Harp, a sophomore, placed eighth in the 800 and qualified in the 400 last season. Bethany Cox took second in the high jump and also advanced.
Belton had three athletes advance to state: Avery Hobson, who placed third in the girls 100, Noah Floyd, third in the boys 800 and Mason Goffoy, fourth in the boys javelin.
Class 3 qualifiers
Lenetta Lee of Summit Christian Academy qualified for state in three events at the Class 3 sectional meet in Odessa.
Lee’ a junior, won the 100 and 200 and placed second in the long jump. Lee placed third in the 200 and fifth in the 100 and long jump in last season’s Class 3 state meet.
SCA’s Kaylee Lunn also qualified with a first-place finish in the 100 hurdles.
Caroline Meyers of St. Michael the Archangel placed second in the 1,600 and 800 and third in the 3,200. Meyers, a senior, took second in the Class 3 1,600 last year competing for O’Hara.