May 23, 2013

Miller Makes Podium at State Track, Howard Will Have to Wait Until 2014

Zach Miller finished eighth in the Missouri Class 2 state 100-meter dash finals on Saturday at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. (Photo courtesy of the Hometown Journal.)

One Scotland County athlete brought home the hardware from the Missouri Class 2 State Track Meet in Jefferson City while his teammate will have to wait until next year to take his place on the podium after being disqualified on a technical call by track officials.

Zach Miller finished eighth in the 100-meter dash on Saturday, closing out his high school track career. Miller crossed the finish line in 11.42 seconds.

Michael Wells, a junior from N.J.R.O.T.C. won the race in 10.79 seconds. He set the Class 2 state record last season at 10.74 seconds.

Finishing second was Devonte' Ware, a junior from Charleston (11.04 seconds) followed by Cedric Harris (11.24 seconds), a junior from Hayti; Cedric Payne (11.24 seconds) a junior from Lamar; and Tyler Brockman (11.34 seconds) a senior from Windsor. Cedric O'Hara, a senior from Pierce City was sixth in 11.37 seconds with Jared Beshore, a junior from Lamar in seventh in 11.41 seconds.

Lucas Howard also was poised to take his place on the podium after advancing to day two of the class 2 track meet. But the junior was disqualified in the 300-meter hurdles. The official ruling was he "dropped his trail leg". According to USA Track & Field organization rules, it is illegal to advance or trail a leg or foot below the top horizontal plane at the instant of hurdle clearance.

Blake Alexander, a senior from Strafford won the race in 38.75 seconds. Dylan Skeens, a junior from Montgomery County was second in 39.50 seconds. Third place went to Austin Corley, a sophomore from Adrian in a time of 40.18 seconds.

Rounding out the field was Logan Tallman, a sophomore from Adrian (41.15 seconds); Joe Fisher, a senior from Principia (41.20 seconds); Brandon Stimelsky, a senior from Lathrop (41.54 seconds); and Austin Smotherman, a junior from Liberty (42.40 seconds).

Howard had advanced to day two of the state finals when the field was trimmed from the 16 sectional qualifiers down to the eight state finalists. His preliminary time of 41.63 seconds was eighth overall.

He finished fifth in the second heat of preliminaries.

Howard failed to advance in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing with the 12th best qualifying time at 16.12 seconds. He had ran a 15.73 to qualify at sectionals, a time that would have advanced to day two if he had been able to repeat it.

Blake Alexander, a senior from Strafford set the bar with the best qualifying time of 14.27 seconds. He went on to claim the state title on Saturday.

Miller advanced to day two with the sixth best qualifying time in the 100-meter dash. He was fifth overall in the second heat of preliminaries in a time of 11.33 seconds, just three one hundredths of a second of his sectional winning time of 11.30 seconds.

Wells was tops in qualifying, winning the second heat in a time of 10.86 seconds.

Miller was unable to advance to the finals in the 200-meter dash. The senior was 12th overall in the preliminaries, finishing in a time of 23.20 seconds.

Wells was the top qualifier in that race as well, leading the field with a time of 21.97 seconds. He went on to claim the state title in the 200-meter dash and went to the top rung of the podium two more times, anchoring the state championship 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams to give the junior four state titles.

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