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By: Corey Stott
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.- 5/22/21- Scotland County is a school name that has seemed to emerge more and more in conversations about state competitions the past several years. Not to be outdone by the women’s basketball final four run, the men’s and women’s track and field teams set out to bring home some state hardware of their own.
While they fell just short of having a state champion, Scotland County did have an impressive state track meet. Between the men and women, they qualified for a total of seven events. Of those seven events, they scored five podium finishes, four top-fives and a pair of state second places. All in a day’s work for the 10 impressive young men and women who traveled to Jefferson City High School to represent Scotland County in the Class 1 state track and field championships.
In track events, the Scotland County women’s 4×200 meter relay team of Shantel Small, Jewley Kraus, Caelin Robinson, Paige Bishop and alternate Emma Anders ran a time of 1:58.84, good enough to finish 14th overall. On the men’s side, Alex Long placed 5th in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.46 seconds. Alex had another strong finish in the 200 meter dash, finishing 4th with a time of 23.22 seconds. Rounding out the track events for Scotland County was the men’s 4×100 meter relay. The team of Carson Miller, Jadin Fuller, Hayden Long, Alex Long and alternate Quinton Shaffer fell one spot short of a podium finish. They placed 9th but set a new school record of 46.12 seconds.
The Tiger men shined in the field events as well. Hayden Long finished 6th in the triple jump with a leap of 12.89 meters. The brothers each brought home a silver medal. Hayden finished second in the discus with a throw of 46.27 meters. Alex was sitting in 5th place in the shot put after three throws, but on his final attempt he leapfrogged three competitors to take over 2nd place with a toss of 14.89 meters.
Men’s coach Troy Carper said that he is very proud of these student athletes, not only for their performance but also for being great kids. He went on to thank everyone who has supported the teams on behalf of himself and women’s coach Jeremy Austin. He said that the kids had a successful and fun state experience.