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It's on to track sectionals

by Tad Brewer
Landmark reporter

The Platte County boys’ and girls’ track teams were both full of members who advanced to the Sectional competition after participating in the District 8 track meet, which was held at Platte County. Those who are some of the top finishers at sectionals will be able to compete at the state competition.

In order to qualify for sectionals, the participant needed to have a finish within the top four in any district event.

Besides from the boys’ team being the highest overall scorer at districts, they had their share of individuals who had top four finishes, which advanced those individuals onto sectionals.

Senior Bill Flynt helped to lead the way for the Pirates as he had three individual first place finishes. Flynt finished first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.95 seconds, which was just thousandths of a second off of a school record. Flynt also finished first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.37 seconds, and he had a first place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.09.

Flynt was a member of the 1600-meter relay team, along with seniors Mitch Black and Shane Praiswater, and junior Mark Dudley. This team finished second overall with a time of 3:35.

Senior Eli Klimek qualified for sectionals in three different events, as did Flynt. Klimek finished first overall in the 3200-meter run with a time of 10:11, sophomore Zach Ryun also qualified for sectionals in this same event after a fourth place finish with a time of 10:29. Klimek finished second in the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:31, finishing within a second of first place.

The other event that Klimek qualified for sectionals in was as a member of the 3200-meter relay team. Klimek, along with Dudley, sophomore Zach Praiswater, and freshman Wes Croom, finished third with a time of 8:43.

Black had two individual second place finishes, which helped to advance himself to sectionals. Black finished second in the triple jump, with a distance of 40 feet, 11 inches, and second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 41.61, which was just off of the first place time of 41.54.

Zach Praiswater finished third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:05. This gave Praiswater an advancement to sectionals in an individual event, in addition to his spot on the 3200-meter relay team that also moved on to sectionals.

Junior Mike Wade qualified for sectionals with a third place finish in the pole vault. Wade finished with a height of twelve feet.

Junior Matt Frey qualified for sectionals with a third place finish in the discus. Frey qualified with a distance of 137 feet, 11 inches.

Dudley also qualified for sectionals after finishing fourth in the high jump. Dudley reached a height of five feet, eight inches.

The Platte County Pirate boys’ track team finished first overall at districts with a team score of 125.5 points, and Excelsior Springs followed them with 99.5 points. The first place finish for the Pirates came from a field of 14 teams.

Despite how well the boys’ track team did at districts, the girls’ track team could not quite duplicate the success. The girls’ track team only had a couple of individuals and one relay team qualify for state, with several individuals and relay teams narrowly missing the fourth place cutoff.

Freshman Jessica Duncan qualified for sectionals with a second place finish in the 400-meter dash. Duncan finished second with a time of 1:03, just a second behind the first place finisher.

Freshman Carman Campbell also qualified for sectional as an individual in addition to Duncan. Campbell finished third in the high jump competition with a height of four feet, ten inches.

The girls’ 3200-meter relay team qualified for Sectionals, as did the boys’ 3200-meter relay team. The girls’ team, which consisted of senior Katie Sherman, junior Jill Prather, and sophomores Angela Hattesohl and Angela Scheetz. This team finished third with a time of 10:22.

The girls’ track team finished eleventh in the points standing, with 35 points, out of a field of 15 teams. Chillicothe took first with a score of 93.25 points.

Sectionals will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 18, at Kearney High School. The top finishers at sectionals will then advance to state, which will begin on Friday, May 24, at Jefferson City.