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Pierce City and Purdy qualify athletes for state

Monday, May 16, 2011

Up and over. Makina Kelley attempts to clear a nine-foot high bar at the sectional meet in Hollister on Saturday. Kelley cleared the bar and will compete this Friday at the state meet in Jefferson City. [Photo by Traci Osborn]
The Pierce City Lady Eagles controlled the team picture at the Class 2 Sectional track meet at Hollister on Saturday. Pierce City's girls won the meet with 89 points followed by Stockton with 74. Purdy finished 14th with 10 points.

The Pierce City Lady Eagles qualified a number of athletes to the Class 2 state meet.

Makina Kelley won the pole vault, clearing 9'0". Krishna Merriman won the 400-meter dash, clocking 1:00.75.

Making a clean hand-off. Pierce City's Cedric O'Hara slows down after handing off the baton to teammate Cody Cox during the 4x200 relay at Saturday's sectional track meet. The Eagles took second in the event. [Photo by Traci Osborn]
Sara Stearns placed second in both the shot (34'0") and discus (115'2") competitions. Kaelyn Osborn finished second in the triple jump with a 34'5.5" effort. Brianna Zebert placed third in the high jump, clearing 5'2".

The Lady Eagles qualified three relay teams to state.

The 4x200 meter team of Emily Ashley, Christine Younker, Merriman and Osborn won first in a time of 1:48.3.

The 4x100 meter team of Ashley, Zebert, Merriman and Osborn placed second in 52.08 as did the 4x400 meter squad of Zebert, Mattie Parrigon, Ashley and Merriman in 4:17.08.

Parrigon was fifth in the 800-meter dash, missing a trip to state by one 10th of a second. Osborn was sixth in the 200.

Purdy's Audrey Patton ran a strong second in the girls 3,200-meter run to qualify for state. Patton broke her own school record with a 12:43.27.

The Purdy 4x200 meter relay team of Kristyn Cornman, Kaitlyn Carpenter, Rachael Neill and Shelby White ran their season's best with a 1:57.9 to edge Strafford in the field.

PC boys tie for second

The Pierce City boys tied Ash Grove for second in a close team battle with 78 points. Strafford won the meet with 88 points.

Pierce City's Zach Crouch won the shot, throwing the iron ball 46'0.5" for a gold medal.

Derek Turner took second in the high jump, clearing the bar at 6'6".

Robert Baldwin placed fourth in the triple jump, leaping 41'8.5". Baldwin was fifth in the long jump, posting a leap of 18'8.5".

Cedric O'Hara qualified in the 100-meter dash, taking third with an 11.61. He then placed second in the 200-meter sprint in 23.08.

The Eagles qualified three relay teams to state.

The 4x200 meter relay of Jordan Saffer, O'Hara, Wayne Jo Sooter and Cody Cox placed second in 1:33.47, losing to Ash Grove by two one-100ths of a second.

The 4x100 meter relay of Saffer, O'Hara, Chance Chapman and Cox placed second in 44.8 seconds, and the Pierce City 4x400 meter relay of Turner, Saffer, Sooter and Baldwin placed third in 3:34.98.

Cox was fifth in the 100-and 200-meter dashes, Wayne Joe Sooter finished sixth in the 400-meter dash, and the Eagles placed fifth in the 4x800 meter relay with Caleb Adams, Turner, Sooter and Baldwin posting a time of 8:42.0.

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