Young Kewpies learn from loss

Wednesday, April 5, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:47 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 12, 2008

Hickman track and field hosted Jefferson City Tuesday afternoon in the first junior varsity dual of the season. Although the Jays came out ahead in most events, the Kewpies were encouraged with the start.

Sophomore Brittany Bailey said that even though her relay team came in second in the 4x100-meter relay, she was impressed with the effort.

“Everybody ran their hardest,” Bailey said. “We’re pretty proud of it.”

Hickman coach Steve Kissane said the meet was a great beginning for the younger kids.

“I think we got some much needed experience tonight. Jeff City has a dynamite program and always has,” he said. “We got a nice chance to get some great competition in a good facility, and the weather is never going to be better than it is today. I think the kids took advantage of all that.”

A few Kewpies’ wins were encouraging for many Hickman runners who were competing for the first time this season. Hickman athlete Sharandell Wallace won the girls’ discus throw at 80 feet, 11 inches. Josh Harvey won the boys’ shot put for Hickman at 44 feet, 11 inches. Hickman also came ahead in the girls’ 4x800-meter relay at 11 minutes, 52.60 seconds. Kissane said the wins kept the meet exciting for both teams.

“There are a few events here and there where we compete favorably and that’s when it’s fun for both us and for them,” he said. “We don’t enjoy being dominated and they don’t especially enjoy when they don’t have the challenge.”

The junior vasity team travels to Jefferson City on Thursday while the varsity runners head to Springfield for a two-day meet.

MU BASEBALL: Junior Nathan Culp was named the Big 12 Conference co-pitcher of the week Tuesday along with Kyle McCulloch of Texas.

Culp recorded his first career complete-game shutout in a 3-0 win over Kansas last Friday. The win was Culp’s sixth of the season, the second most in the Big 12. His 1.98 ERA is fourth best in the Big 12.

MU WRESTLING: National wrestling champion Ben Askren was honored in the Missouri Senate on Tuesday by Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia. The first Missouri wrestler to win a national championship was introduced in the Senate chambers and received a Senate resolution.

COLUMBIA COLLEGE SOFTBALL: The Cougars took both games in a doubleheader against Williams Baptist College on Tuesday. Columbia improved to 19-10 on the season and 2-4 in the American Midwest Conference.

The Cougars won the first game 1-0 in 10 innings. Katie McMahon scored on a sacrifice fly hit by Lindsey Williams. Heather Robey got the win, allowing two hits and striking out 10.

Columbia won the second game 5-2. Stephanie Stowe had two hits including a home run. Ashley Perrigo went two-for-three with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. McMahon (7-5) was the winning pitcher with five strikeouts, six hits, and one earned run.

In honor of their efforts last week, Perrigo and McMahon were honored as player and pitcher of the week in the AMC. Perrigo hit .526 on the week with eight RBI’s and nine runs scored. McMahon was 2-0 on the week without allowing an earned run and had 12 strikeouts in 11 innings.

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