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Examiner
  • Cats' Mugeche 18th at prestigious meet

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  • ARCADIA, Calif. – Blue Springs track and field junior Stephen Mugeche finished 18th out of 35 runners in the boys 3,200-meter invitational race at this past weekend’s Arcadia Invitational in southern California.
    The Arcadia Invitational includes some of the top prep track and field athletes from across the country. Events generally had seeded and invitational races. Mugeche ran a time of 8 minutes, 58.87 seconds, and the winning time was 8:46.8. Last year Mugeche clocked 9:07.89 to take third place at state in the 3,200.
    KEARNEY CLASSIC: The Grain Valley boys team took seventh and the girls eighth in Friday’s 15-team Kearney Classic, while Oak Grove’s boys took ninth.
    Park Hill South won the boys meet by a 91.5-86 margin over Kearney, while Grain Valley finished with 47 points and Oak Grove 45. Lee’s Summit West’s girls ran away with team title (163.5), with Park Hill South in second (93), Grain Valley in eighth (37.5) and Oak Grove 15th (2).
    Trezelle Ray led Grain Valley’s boys by taking second in the 110-meter hurdles (15.97 seconds) and third in the 300 hurdles (43.67), while Daniel Mahurin was second in the 400 (51.29), the 4x400 relay took fourth (3:38.18) and fifths came from Michael Pellham in the 800 (2:03.71), Zach Clark in the long jump (19 feet, 8.5 inches) and the 4x100 (45.31).
    “It was a large, competitive meet, and I thought overall we competed well,” Grain Valley boys coach Marc Cleveland said. “We got a few kids back from injuries and added a couple more to the injury list, which was a little frustrating, but we will just focus on getting healthy and getting ready for next weekend with the Winnetonka meet and a few kids going to the KU Relays.
    “Trezelle continues to improve and work towards postseason success.”
    For the Grain Valley girls, Chelsea Gabriel won the 100 hurdles in a school-record 15.91 seconds, took fifth in the 300 hurdles (49.87) and anchored the second-place 4x400 relay. Jordan Dodson, Claire Rose and Kayla McCormick teamed with Gabriel for a 4:17.76. The 4x100 took third in 52.41 and the 4x200 fourth in 1:53.46.
    Oak Grove’s Skyler Hulse won the 110 hurdles in 15.46, while teammate Aaron Graham was second in the long jump (21-8 1/2) and third in the 100 (11.47).
    The 4x200 took third (1:33.53), fourths came from the 4x100 (45.03) and Garrett Cross in the 800 (2:00.5) and Tanner Kanak took fifth in the 300 hurdles (44.07).
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