May 15, 2008

Cotton Headed to Class 2 State Track Championships

The bar was set high, literally. But it wasnít too tall for Scotland Countyís Melissa Cotton who cleared five-feet in the Class 2 Sectional 2 track meet.

Cotton didnít miss a jump on her way to that height. That proved to be the tie-breaker that gave her a second place finish over three other jumpers that cleared the same height. However both Chelsey Hainen of Tipton and Abby Roland missed jumps prior to clearing the five-foot mark, as did Katie Gladbach of Marceline. Hainen and Roland tied for third and Gladbach took fifth. All four jumpers will get another shot next year as they competed in the event as juniors.

Lisa Vengels of Dixon won the event clearing 5í4Ē.

The top four finishers qualified for the Missouri Class 2 track championships to be held May 16th and 17th at Dwight T. Reed Stadium, on the Lincoln University, campus in Jefferson City.

The Class 2 girls high jump will be held Friday, May 16th starting at 2:00 p.m.

The Class 2 Sectional 1 high jump crown went to Rosemary Semke, a sophomore from Orchard Farm, who cleared 5í4Ē. No other jumper surpassed 5í. Sectional 4 top honors went to freshman Lindsay Vollmer, who also cleared 5í4Ē. Brooke Hamilton, a junior from El Dorado Springs, took second with a leap of 5í2Ē. No results were available from Sectional 3 at press time.

Scotland Countyís other sectional qualifier saw her season come to an end at South Calloway High School in Mokane on May 10th. Senior Kirsten Johnston finished seventh in the Class 2 Sectional 2 800-meter run event.

She crossed the finish line in 2:37.36. Shelby Winkelman, a freshman from Herman, won the race in a blazing time of 2:23.58, a full three seconds better than runner-up Samantha Kempker of Blair Oaks.



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