May 29, 2003

Masden Wins Second At State, Fuller Finished Ninth

A pair of Scotland County R-I athletes traveled to Jefferson City May 23-24 to compete in the Missouri Class 2 State Track Championships.

For one it marked the final time he would compete in track on the high school level. The other was experiencing the thrill of the highest level of competition knowing that as a freshman she still had three more years to hone her skills.

Brett Masden nearly ended his SCR-I track career on top. The senior was just inches away from a title, literally. Masden threw the shot put 50-feet 4.5 inches to finish second overall. His throw was less than two inches from the top throw. Matt Rauber, a junior at Penney High School, won the state title with a throw of 50-feet 6.25 inches.

Jamie Fuller also learned what it felt like to come up a little short. The freshman was less than four tenths of a second away from qualifying for the finals of the 300-meter hurdles.

Fuller finished ninth among the 16 best hurdlers in Missouri Class 2 track. She crossed the finish line in 49.34 seconds during the qualifying events held Friday, May 23rd.

Audrey Bailey, a junior at Lathrop had the fastest qualifying time and went on to win the final event held the following day. She ran the event in a time of 47.06 seconds.

Fuller's qualifying time actually would have been good enough to finish eighth in the finals. The youngster can look forward to some good competition in the coming years as nine of the 16 runners that qualified for state were also underclassmen like Fuller.

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