JEFFERSON CITY — The Father Tolton Catholic girls track and field team claimed their first state track and field medal Friday at the Class 1 state championships at Lincoln University's Dwight T. Reed Stadium.
Freshman Chase Freidel finished third in the Class 1 long jump with a mark of 16 feet, 2 1/4 inches. Freidel's farthest jump came on her first of six attempts.
"I hadn't been jumping 16 (feet) until districts, so it was awesome starting out that far," Freidel said.
No other competitor surpassed Freidel's leap until the fifth round of jumps.
"I just kept checking the board hoping nobody passed me," Freidel said.
However, on the second to last round of jumps Mallory Eitel of La Plata and Jordan Breckenridge of King City passed Freidel's mark.
Eitel, a senior, won the long jump competition at 16-6 3/4.
Tolton coach Chad Masters said he was pleased with how Freidel handled the state track meet.
"I think she did a great job of adjusting to state," Masters said. "Coming from a small school into an environment like this can be tough, but I think she weathered that well."
Masters was also proud of how Freidel competed.
"Chase is a very, very gifted athlete," Masters said. "She's a tough competitor and a pleasure to coach."
Later in the meet, Freidel also qualified for Saturday's finals in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 1:00.49. The top qualifier in the 400-meter dash was Alexa Taff of St. Joseph Christian, who ran the event in :59.65.
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