Bryson Orton heaved the shot put 43’ 9.5 inches to finish third at the Missouri Class 2 Sectional 4 to finish third and advance to the state championship event in Jefferson City.

Scotland County’s Bryson Orton will represent his school at the Missouri Class 2 state track championships May 20th at Jefferson City High School.

Orton finished third overall at the Class 2 sectional in Independence, MO on Saturday with a throw of 43′ 9.5″.

Ryan Valentine of Putnam County won the event with a distance of 46′ 0.75″ and Nick Kremer of Plattsburg was second with a throw of 44′ 8.75″. Also advancing to state was fourth place finisher Jacob Boatwright of East Buchanan who recorded a throw of 43′. Scotland County’s Grant McRobert finished seventh with a distance of 38′ 4.5″.

Ryan Slaughter just missed advancing to state in the triple jump, finishing fifth overall with a distance of 40′ 7.5″ Brock Swindler of Penney won the event with a distance of 43′ 9.75″. Ethan Lowe of Plattsburg and Justin Burns and Brock Lewis of Lathrop also advanced to state.

Slaughter took home sixth place in the long jump with a distance of 19′ 8″. Lewis won the event with a jump of 21′ 4.25″. Hunter Scaggs of Mid-Buchanan was second with Swindler in third and Brock Wood of South Shelby rounding out the state qualifiers.

Ryan Miller finished seventh on the 800 meter run in 2:14.48. Jack Hausman of Bishop LeBlond won the race in a time of 2:01.81. Derek Dixon of Penney was second followed by Justin Gannon of Lathrop and Andrew Ernat of Penney.

Maddie Brassfield finished sixth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:53.68. Mariah Elmore of Lafayette County won the race in 2:24.08 followed by Meredith O’Neal of South Shelby, Madelyn Vonderfecht of Lathrop and Abbey Kussman of Marceline.

The SCR-I 4×800 relay team finished sixth with a time of 11:26.63. The team consisted of Brassfield, Katelyn Talbert, Katie Feeney and Khloe Hamlin. Lafayette County won the race with Lexington, Penney and South Shelby also advancing to state.

Talbert finished eighth in the 300 meter hurdles in 54.17 seconds. McKenna Fulton of North Platte won the race in 49.32 seconds. Caroline Weatherford of South Shelby was second. MacKinzie Cantrell of Lathrop and MaryAnne Matzen of Brookfield also advanced to state.

Katelyn Talbert leads the pack around turn four in the first leg of the 4×800 relay at Sectionals on Saturday.