COLUMBIA — The Hickman track and field teams seem to be building momentum heading into this weekend's state competition.
After winning last week’s district meet, the Kewpies earned championships in both the boys and girls meets Saturday at the Class 4 sectional in Lebanon, Mo. The boys team won with 97.5 points competing against 20 other teams, while the girls team scored 79 in a field of 17. The Rock Bridge boys team placed third at the meet with 76 points and the girls team scored 40 points for 10th.
WHEN: Friday and Saturday
WHERE: Lincoln University in Jefferson City.
COST: $7 per day for anyone older than 6 years old.
For more information go to the Missouri State High School Activities Association website
Hickman set three school records at the meet. Sarah Hall broke the girls shot put record with a throw of 44-7 3/4. Galit Rudelson broke the girls pole vault record, clearing 11 feet, and Wesley Leftwich, Dominic Price, Marcus Whitt and Evan Smith combined for a record time of 1:28.99 in the boys 4x200 relay.
Smith (200 meters) and Price (300-meter hurdles) also won individual events, and both Hickman's boys and girls 4x100-meter relays claimed firsts.
Jamela Kimbrough, a member of the girls 4x100 relay, also qualified for the state meet in the 100- and 200-meter dash, and relay teammate Victoria Jackson qualified in the long jump and 100-meter hurdles.
The only rough spot for Hickman came in the girls 4x200 and 4x400 relays, in which the Kewpies were disqualified. Despite the setback, Hickman was still able to come out on top.
“To have a couple of disqualifications and still win the meet is the sign of a very good team,” Hickman coach Steve Kissane said. “For them to do that was really satisfying.”
Other Hickman qualifiers for the state meet included Zach Lynn, Jimmie Garth, Chase Baxter, Keith Kimbrough, Nasia Stevenson, Justina Olisah and Corey Potter.
Rock Bridge also had much to be pleased with at the sectional.
While Hickman’s boys dominated the short relays, Rock Bridge’s boys dominated the longer relays with the Bruins winning both the 4x400 (3:24.64) and 4x800 (8:8.20) relays.
Junior Lauren Flaker won the 400-meter dash and qualified for the 100-meter dash, while sophomore Nick Sublett won the shot put and placed fourth in the discus.
Rock Bridge's Quinn Gray and Collin Sees qualified for three events, and Caleb Wilfong qualified in two. Bruins freshman Mallory Short qualified in the 100-meter hurdles placing third in :15.58 seconds.
“I’m really pleased with how things went,” Rock Bridge coach Neal Blackburn said. “It’s the most kids that have qualified in a long time.”
The Class 3 and Class 4 state championships are set to be held Friday and Saturday at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.