May 12, 2011

Tigers Finish Second at Class 2 District 4 Track Meet

With just 13 team members, Scotland County's squad was one of the smallest amongst the 17-team field at the Missouri Class 2 District 4 track meet held at Brookfield on May 7th. That didn't stop SCR-I from bringing home the second place trophy as the Tigers garnered 72 points, second only to Centralia's 94.5.

The Tigers finished ahead of perennial powerhouses Macon (71.5), Brookfield (63.66), and Clark County (60).

Monroe City (50) was sixth, followed by Schuyler County (48), South Shelby (47), Marceline (47), Putnam County (32), Hallsville (28.33), Milan (28), Salisbury (18), Fayette (12), Palmyra (11), Highland (10) and Harrisburg (8).

Lucas Howard played a key role in the surprise finish. The freshman crossed the finish line first in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 43.39 seconds to earn 10 points. He just edged Clark County's Dalton McCarty who was .05 seconds off the pace.

The Tigers 4x400 meter relay team of Howard, Sabe Sears, Zach Miller and Rod Sears also brought home a first place finish in a time of 3:36.32. That was four seconds faster than runner-up Centralia.

Zach Miller sprinted his way to 12 points for the team. The sophomore was third in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes.

The sophomore qualified fifth in the 100-meter dash but picked up two spots with a run of 11.84 seconds in the finals, finishing behind only speedster Taquan Kelly of Macon (11.48) ad Jonathon Huff of Brookfield (11.64).

Huff took top honors in the 200-meter dash in a time of 23.14 seconds. Dakota Schmitter of Schuyler County was second in 23.62 seconds followed by Miller in third in 23.94 seconds.

Sabe Sears cleared 6'2" in the high jump to earn second place and eight points for the team. Austin Francis of Salisbury won the event, clearing 6'5.5".

The senior also finished second in the triple jump with a distance of 40'8.25". Brookfield's Andrew Baum was first with a jump of 41'09.5".

Sabe rounded out his individual day with a sixth place finish in the 400-meter dash in a time of 56.32 seconds, giving him 19 points on the day.

Rod Sears earned second place in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:05.79 just behind South Shelby's Josh Hughart.

He finished third in the 400-meter dash in a time of 53.73 seconds. Rhett Cook of Schuyler County won the race in 50.95 seconds followed by Jonathan Huff of Brookfield.

Rod's final individual event was the long jump. The senior finished sixth with a jump of 18'9.5". Josh Dodsworth of Putnam County won the event with a distance of 19'10.5".

Overall, Rod earned 17 points on the day.

Howard added two more points to the team total with a seventh place finish in the 110 meter hurdles.

Logan Payne rounded out the team score with a seventh place finish in the 3,200 meter run in a time of 11:51.19. Cole Hayward of Marceline crossed the finish line first in 10:50.11.

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