May 30, 2002
SCR-I Track Athletes Bring Home Medals From State Championships
While the Scotland County track teams did not bring home any state title's SCR-I did have two medalists and the boys squad served notice that it will be back next year, and possibly could make rumblings in the team standings.
Amy Morgan was the Lady Tigers lone representative at Reed Stadium on the campus of Lincoln University in Jefferson City May 17-18.
The sophomore threw 99 feet six inches to finish eighth in the event and earn a medal. The event was dominated by under-classmen, with only one senior in the 14-person field of participants.
Sophomore Elisha Hunt of Linn won the event with a throw of 125 feet seven inches besting fellow sophomore Loren Groves of Scott City by just 10 inches.
Morgan's main competition in the Tri-Rivers Conference, Megan Martin, a junior, finished third clearing 110 feet 11 inches. Jessica Barton, sophomore from East Buchanan was fourth at 112' 9" followed by Crystal Nold, the lone senior in the finals in fifth.
Scotland County's second medal came home on the boy's side of the field events where Jason Glass also finished eighth.
The senior came on strong in the finals, moving up several positions to grab hold of the final medal spot with a throw of 142 feet eight inches. That was an improvement of more than seven feet on his seeding throws.
Unlike the women's side of the event, the men had only three underclassmen in the mix of 15 throwers.
However one of those youngsters, junior Tyler Luellen won the contest with a throw of 154 feet and three inches. Senior Dan Raithel of Blair Oaks threw a whopping 160+ feet in the preliminaries but dropped to 151' 6" to earn second place.
SCR-I was represented in three other events at the two-day state event.
The Tigers 4 x 800 relay team of Clint Cottrell, Danny Roach, Kiel Fogle and Cody Holt finished 15th on the day in a time of 9:14.48. The team's nemesis all season long, Brookfield, was second in the state in a time of 8:17.68 just behind state champions Lawson.
Less than two weeks earlier SCR-I's Jason Findling had cleared 21 feet in the long jump giving the young man aspirations of a possible state title. But Findling had an off day May 17, managing "just" 19 feet two inches, which was still good enough for 12th best in the state of Missouri.
The long jump event was captured by Kyle Conkling, a junior from Penney, who flew 21 feet and seven inches on his way to the title. LeAndre Estes of Fayette was second at 21' 4" followed by Matt Hansen of East Newton at 21' 1".
Brett Masden muscled his way into the top 10 in the Class 2A shot put finals with a throw of 43 feet and nine inches. Masden came on strong in the final two weeks of the season to earn all-conference honors and the state birth with a top finish at districts, both his highest finishes of the year.
Travis Brownly, a senior from Carrollton won the shot put state crown with a heave of 51 feet 5.75 inches. That bested Jeff Hubbard of Principia by just over an inch. Willie Sanchez completed the senior trio at the top of the standings. The Shuyler County star threw 48 feet 4.25 inches in his final high school event.
Scotland County tied for 49th overall as a team with the one point generated by Glass in the discus. That should change next year when three of the four state qualifiers return with a year more growth and improvement as well as the experience of this year's state event. Findling is just a sophomore while Masden is a junior. The 4x800 team was made up entirely of sophomores - Cottrell, Roach, Fogle and Holt.
"I'm extremely proud of these athletes," said coach Marc Colvin. "They represented Scotland County well at Jefferson City. I also want to congratulate the entire Scotland County boys track team on a successful season."