• High school district track roundup: Nightingale breaks school mark again in district

  • Samantha Nightingale broke Erin Windler’s school record in the 1,600 meters in last week’s conference meet.

    At Saturday’s Class 4 District 7 meet at Grandview, it took another runner breaking another Windler record to beat Nightingale in the 800.

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  • Samantha Nightingale broke Erin Windler’s school record in the 1,600 meters in last week’s conference meet.
    At Saturday’s Class 4 District 7 meet at Grandview, it took another runner breaking another Windler record to beat Nightingale in the 800.
    Nightingale led the way for the area girls runners, taking second in both the 800 and 1,600. The Blue Springs South freshman may have won both if not for Lee’s Summit West’s Liga Blyholder, who broke Windler’s district record of 2:16.48 set in 1994 with a time of 2 minutes, 15.93 seconds.
    Nightingale finished the 800 in 2:19.73 and took second to Blyholder in the 1,600 in 5:03.77, breaking her own school record set the week before.
    Nightingale also teamed with Sarah Wakeman and fellow freshmen Serdane Harper and Lindsey Woody to help the 1,600 relay advance to next week’s sectional meet with a third-place finish. The top four finishers in each event qualify for sectionals.
    “She proved to us that she has plenty of speed to back up all the mileage she puts in,” South girls coach David Ceule said of Nightingale. “She ran a solid anchor leg in the 4-by-400 to help the team advance a relay to the sectional meet for the first time in many years. She is certainly proving to be a very versatile athlete.
    “Sarah Wakeman qualified in all four events she participated in, so you can’t ask for any more than that. We asked her to step outside her comfort zone a little and run the 4-by-400 relay, and she gladly accepted the challenge.”
    Wakeman qualified in three individual events with thirds in the long jump and triple jump and a fourth in the 100, and Harper took fourth in the 400 to advance. That helped the South girls take fifth with 62 points. Lee’s Summit West swept both the girls and boys titles.
    The Blue Springs girls, who finished sixth with 52 points, advanced in four events. The 3,200 relay team of Shannon Danaher, Melissa Fuerst, Hali Metz and Elizabeth Reynolds took second in 10:00.20. Indicole Jordan claimed third in the 100 and Megan Wright was third in the pole vault for the Wildcats, setting a school freshman record at 9 feet.
    Despite a hamstring injury to anchor Ariane Jordan, the 400 relay team of Indicole Jordan, Deja Boddie, Bria Taylor and Brittany Thomas took second to Raytown South in 50.47 seconds.
    “We had to make a quick change in the order of the 4-by-200 when Ariane hurt her hamstring in the open 100, and the relay barely missed qualifying in the top 4,” Wildcats girls coach Jennifer Reeder said. “But with that on their mind, the 4-by-100 team had a great race.
    “(Indicole) has been battling hamstring issues the last month and she came out very smooth in both the prelims and finals,” Reeder said. “She has never qualified for state in an individual event, so our goal is a top-four finish next Saturday. And we haven’t had someone qualify for sectionals (in pole vault) in the nine years I have been coaching, so (Wright qualifying) really got us pumped up.”
    Page 2 of 3 - For the boys, Dominique Wright led the way for Blue Springs South, winning the 200 in 22 seconds even. Teammate Derrion Thomas also advanced in the 200 with a fourth-place finish. Wright and Thomas also helped the 400 relay team take second.
    Zach Wilbers also advanced for the Jaguars with a fourth-place finish in the high jump. The Jaguars finished ninth as a team with 39 points.
    “I knew Dominique would do very well Saturday and I thought he had a good chance to win it,” South boys coach Troy Harding said. “He is just now starting to reach his full potential as a runner. Derrion is finally starting to get healthy (following a football injury). I just hope it is not too late for him.
    “Zach Wilbers was a surprise in the high jump. He was not even seeded to place in the top eight. He has been jumping very well the past three weeks.”
    Blue Springs, which finished fifth with 58 points, was led by a pair of throwers. Jordan Chrisman claimed second in the shot put while Gus Toca finished second in the discus. Both finished behind Lee’s Summit West’s Brooks Mosier.
    Blue Springs’ Lamar Vanreed took second in the 100 behind West’s Hartzell Gray, and Jordan Dodd took third in the 400 for the Wildcats. Ryan Podjenski took fourth in the 1,600 for the Wildcats.
    “I think they (Vanreed and Podjenski) took a few people by surprise,” Blue Springs boys coach Joe Cusack said.
    CLASS 3 DISTRICT 7: Grain Valley made its mark in relays at the Class 3 District 7 meet at Warrensburg Saturday.
    A second-place finish in the 3,200 relay and a fourth in the 400 helped the Grain Valley boys claim fifth place in the team standings.
    Wilson Gaschler, Tyler Ishmael, Tyree Meadows and Matt Tecce combined to take second in the 3,200 in 8:46.44 to advance to next week’s sectional meet. The 400 team of Zach Hoover, Zach Lindsey, Ryan Nace and Riley Williams finished in 44.69 seconds.
    The Eagles boys also had two other individuals advance. Jon Mollet took third in shot put while Williams finished fourth in the triple jump.
    “I was proud of the kids that got out and of the team overall,” Grain Valley boys coach Marc Cleveland said. “Riley had a pretty good day after being disappointed in his near miss in the long lump. He responded well with a solid jump in the triple and strong leg in the 4-by-100.
    “We had several fifth- and sixth-place finishes that could have played out differently on a different day. Overall I was pretty satisfied with the team effort and placing fifth overall – that is with a primarily a team of underclassmen. It shows a lot of potential for the next couple of years.”
    The Oak Grove boys advanced two to sectionals. Tyler Banks earned the area’s lone district title, capturing first in the 800 in 2:02.90. Ryan Herrington earned the other sectional berth with a fourth-place finish in the high jump to help the Panthers finish 13th in the team standings.
    Page 3 of 3 - “Tyler had a good race and puts us in good position and mental state of mind going into sectionals,” Oak Grove coach Russ Adams said. “Ryan has some things to work on, but we are glad to advance and have another shot at advancing to state.”
    The 15th-place Oak Grove girls had just one advance, but Xandra Fuimaono did it in two events. She claimed second place in both the shot put and discus.
    Jackie Mesh paced the 10th-place Grain Valley girls by taking third in the triple jump and fourth in the high jump to advance. The Eagles also got a relay team through as Courtney Johnson, Miranda Coons, Kelly Gillotti and Sabra Warriner teamed for a fourth-place finish in the 3,200 relay.
    CLASS 3 DISTRICT 8: Van Horn failed to advance anyone to Saturday’s sectional meet.
    The Falcon boys scored five points in Saturday’s Class 2 District 8 meet at Excelsior Springs.
    The 1,600 relay team of Alex Mondragon, Chris Stone, Cristobal Murrillo and Jace Banner was fifth in 3 minutes, 35 seconds, just missing a sectional berth by one place. Mondragon, Stone, Rico Sanchez and Nick Conner placed eighth in the 3,200 relay in 9:32.
    “The kids did a good job this year,” Van Horn coach Danny Marshall said. “I was very proud of them.”

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