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Pirate tracksters win league

by Tad Brewer
Landmark reporter

The Platte County Pirate boys’ and girls’ track team both participated in the field of eight teams at the conference meet held at Platte County on Saturday, May fourth.

The boys’ team had several events where they finished first overall at the meet.

Senior Bill Flynt took home the first place medal in the 100-meter dash, which he ran in a time of just 11.21 seconds. Not only did Flynt finish first in the 100-meter dash, but he also took home the first place medal in the 200-meter dash. Flynt finished the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.42.

Senior Eli Klimek also took home an individual first place medal of his own in the 3200-meter run. Klimek finished first overall in the event with a final time of 10:08.74.

In addition to having a first place finisher in the 3200-meter run, the Platte County Pirate boys’ track team also took first overall in the 3200-meter relay.

With the help of these first place finishes, the Pirate boys’ track team was able to take first overall at conference. The Pirates soundly defeated Maryville, the second place team, by 20 points or a score of 156-136.
The girls’ track team did not fair quite as well as the boys’ track team at the conference meet. The girls’ team did not have any individuals or relay teams that were able to take first overall at the meet. The girls’ team eventually finished eighth overall at the meet with a team score of 57. The Pirates finished ten points behind the seventh place Smithville.

Both the boys’ and the girls’ track teams will next be in action at districts. The District 8 championship will also be held at Platte County. Districts will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11.

The top finishers at districts will then advance to sectionals, which will be held at Kearney High School at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 18.

The Class 3A State Competition will begin on Friday, May 24, and will continue into Saturday, May 25, in Jefferson City.