Girls win sectional

On a picture perfect afternoon for a track meet, the stars came out in St. Joseph at the Class 1A Sectional, and the St. Joseph-Ogden girls showed everyone just why they are a force to be reckoned with this season.

 

The host Spartans qualified for next weekend’s state meet in Charleston in eight individual events, and all four relays, resulting in a dominating performance, taking the title by a landslide.

 

In the pole vault, senior Hanna Atwood will return to state after vaulting 10’3”, while Parker Francisco will represent SJO in three events.  Francisco placed second in the triple jump with a leap of 33’8.5”, while winning the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.36.  Francisco also finished second in the 300-meter hurdles, coming in with a time of 47.89.  Francisco’s teammate, Zea Maroon, won the 300 hurdles with a time of 47.84, also will be going to state in the 4 x 100 relay, who has a chance to set a state record in that event. 

 

Speaking of the relays, all but the 4 x 800 won their event, and even they were within striking distance of St. Thomas More.  In the 4 x 100, the defending state champions blazed around the track in 49.90, while the 4 x 200 hit the finish line at 1:49.07.  Members of the 4 x 100 are Frankie Izard, Maclayne Taylor, Abbey Mizer and Zea Maroon, while the 4 x 200 features, Mizer, Sydney Gallo, Hanna Atwood and Aleesia Reeves.

 

The 4 x 400 relay team also emerged victorious, finishing in 4:14.77, while the aforementioned 4 x 800 team completed their event in 10:19.22.  The 4 x 400 team consists of Rylee Sjuts, Mizer, Danie Kelso and Maroon, while in the 4 x 800 meters, Sam Mabry, Faith Houston, Keely Smith and Sjuts will represent SJO at the state meet. 

 

Frankie Izard will return to state in the 200 meters, as she won her event with a time of 26.62.  Teammate Maclayne Taylor will also be competing at state in the 200, coming in just behind Izard at 26.69.  Izard will also be returning to state in the 100-meters, with an impressive showing in that event on Friday, winning with a time of 12.56.

 

The distance events were also a success for the Spartans, as they will be represented by Sam Mabry in the 800 meters, who finished third in the sectional, but qualified for state with a time of 2:26.39.  In the 3200 meters, sophomore Cassidy Bagby will be competing at state as well, finishing third behind a pair of very talented runners from Urbana Uni High.  Bagby’s time was 12:06.90.

 

The preliminaries will begin at O’Brien Field in Charleston on Thursday morning, with the finals set for Saturday. Girls win

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