For a runner of Tori Findley’s caliber, it’s difficult to drop 3 seconds from her best time, according to Blue Springs South girls track coach Ryan Unruh.
But Findley did that on Friday afternoon – and in doing so, broke her own Suburban Big Seven meet record in the girls 1,600-meter run in her last race on her home track.
Building a comfortable lead, the senior won the race at South in a personal-best 4 minutes, 52.67 seconds, also a Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium record. Her old meet record was 5:01.7, set in 2017.
“My PR (personal record) was 4:56,” Findley said. “I ran that two weeks ago. I felt like, with workouts I could definitely PR. today.”
But for Findley, there was more to winning the race than personal achievement.
“My job was to score 10 points (for the team) and get first,” she said. “So that’s what I tried to do – and make it worthwhile while I was out there.”
Findley also scored 10 points in the 3,200, winning in a meet record 10:42.96. Her two victories helped the Jaguars tally 74.5 points.
South, however, finished lowest among area schools in the team standings. Crosstown rival Blue Springs finished highest, placing second with 120 points – 93.5 points behind meet champion Lee’s Summit West. Senior Sarah Coy and junior Cori Davis helped the Wildcats secure their runner-up finish by winning the 100 high hurdles and 300 low hurdles, respectively. Other Blue Springs point-scorers included senior Natalie Sheehy, who cleared 10 feet, 6 inches to win the pole vault.
The Lee’s Summit North girls edged South for fifth, tallying 77 points. The Broncos got a second-place finish in the 100 hurdles from junior Lauren Tigner.
Sparked by wins in nine events, Blue Springs won the boys meet with 204.5 points. Individual winners included senior Daniel Parker Jr. in the shot put (personal best 53-7.5) and discus (personal best 176-2), senior Oaklee Hauschild in the 1,600 and 3,200 and senior Xavier Hall in the 300 hurdles (40.56). Tre’ Wheaton in the long jump (22-9.25) and took second in the triple jump (46-1).
Hauschild drafted off West’s Burnett before making a move with 200 meters left to win the 1,600 in 4:28.08.
“I decided then I might have enough to be able to win it,” he said. “And I just went (all out) then. Everything worked out.”
Hauschild’s win in the 1,600 came shortly after running on Blue Springs’ winning 3,200 (4x800) relay team.
“That was definitely the best mile I’ve ever (run) after running another event,” said Hauschild, who had a winning time of 9:42.47 in the 3,200 to edge teammate Morgan Cauveren (9:43.44).
And to Blue Springs boys distance runners coach Frank Gallick, Hauschild looked “very, very relaxed” while running it.
“That was a great finish for him,” Gallick said. “He definitely rebounded (from the relay) well.”
North finished second with 191.5 points. The Broncos won eight events, including the 800 relay. Junior anchor runner Isaiah Vigliano, who won the 400 (50.01), said that the handoff he received from John Eldridge was key to the win.
“It was a smooth handoff,” said Vigliano, who also won the 400. “And we looked good out there.”
Devon Richardson won the triple jump (46-9.25) and high jump (6-5) for the Broncos. Keyon Mozee won the 200 (22.08) and Nyles Thomas (10.86) edged Blue Springs’ Nick Wood (10.88) for a win in the 100. Blake Gillihan won the 800 (1:57.13) for North.
The South boys placed sixth with 58 points. For more results, visit https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/332599/results.