COLUMBIA – Even with a change in venue because of an EF3 tornado and some wet ground, Bowling Green High School qualifiers for the Class 3 track competition worked hard to earn their places through the heat of the day.
The state track meet was moved from Jefferson City to Columbia, Mo. and Washington, Mo. because of a tornado that hit Eldon, Mo. and then the state capital. The Class 3 events were held at the University of Missouri’s Walton Stadium.
In the four by 800 meter relay, Sylvia Wagner, Quinn Grote, Kate Klott, and Meghan Kniess pulled in an eighth place for all state competition, with a time of 10:21, their season best.
“This is the fifth straight year the four by eight relay team has made the podium, and we are excited about that,” said Matt Chance the school’s athletic director and coach of the track team.
In the 1,600 meter run, Kate Klott came in fifth place with a time of 5:27 in the all state competition.
“Kate pulled out another great performance in the 1,600 meter race. She had less than two hours to recover from the four by 800 meter race, and with the high temperatures she really battled hard to secure a top five finish. This is her third straight top-five finish in the 1,600 meter run. She finishes her career with 11 all state honors and 15 state medals in cross country and track.” Chance said. “She will go down as one of the best athletes to ever attend BGHS.”
In the girl’s javelin competition, Haylee Chandler finished ninth with a distance of 116 feet 4 inches, a new school record.
“Haylee really peaked the last few weeks of the season, as coach Sandra Schuckenbrock increased Haylee’s approach on the javelin. She just missed being all state this year and she will be motivated to be back again next year on the podium,” Chance said.
In the girl’s four by 200 meter relay, Tanner Turner, Kelley Lewis, Kinley Charlton, and Kasey Orf placed ninth with a time of 1:47.65, also a new school record.
“This relay team ran an outstanding race and nearly won their heat. During the last few weeks of the season, this group has trained well with the hopes of breaking the school record, and it was great to break the record by nearly 2 seconds. With three freshman and one junior on this relay team we sure hope to be back and get to the podium next year,” Chance said.
In the shot put, Grace Dameron placed 12th, with a distance of 35 feet and 8-¾ inches.
“Grace had a great season and was one of the top throwers in the area. She is a two time state qualifier and has made nice improvements from last year to this year. I look for her to be one of the best throwers in Class 3 next year.” Chance added.
Austin Orf came in 12th place in the boys high jump at 5 foot, 10 inches.
“It was a tough day for Austin on Saturday. He has been one of the best jumpers in Class 3 all year, but he just didn’t have a good day at state,” Chance said, adding that, “Austin is one of the most motivated kids we have on the boys team and this will motivate him to come back stronger next year. He will be in the mix for a state championship in the high jump next year.”
With this competition, Chance said Bowling Green High School is officially finished with the 2019 track season.
As with any championship level meet, we had some highs and lows,” he said. “We finished the day with four season bests and two school records on a very hot day. We had a lot of great memories this season and the future is bright for next year.”
Chance wanted the team members to enjoy some time off and think big in 2020. He thanked the senior who were moving on and he thanked all the parents who supported the team through out the season.