It was a productive day for the Grain Valley and Oak Grove boys track and field teams in Saturday’s sectional meet.

It was a productive day for the Grain Valley and Oak Grove boys track and field teams in Saturday’s sectional meet.
Grain Valley advanced to state in four of the six events the Eagles were entered in, while Oak Grove moved all four of its entrants on to this weekend’s Class 3-4 Missouri State High School Track and Field Championships in Jefferson City.
“Our boys had a great day,” Oak Grove coach Russ Adams said. “All the boys we took got to move on to state.”
Leading the way for the Panthers was the 1,600-meter relay team of Kyle White, Pedro Ramirez, Aaron Stout and Tyler Banks. The foursome not only triumphed, it set a school record with its time of 3 minutes, 28.17 seconds.
Banks also had a good day individually, taking second in both the 400 and 800 to advance to state. His times of 49.40 and 2:02.84 were second only to Staley’s Huns Pitia in each race.
In pole vault, Oak Grove’s Chase Tryon cleared 12 feet, 6 inches to advance with a third-place finish.
Grain Valley also qualified in four events. Tyree Meadows and Tyler Ishmael led the way for the Eagles, qualifying in one individual event while helping the 3,200 relay squad set a school record and take second in 8:12.32 along with Matt Tecce and Wilson Gaschler.
Riley Williams also claimed a state berth with his third-place showing in the long jump (21 feet, 4 inches).
Williams, DeAndre Davis, Zach Hoover and Ryan Nace ran a season-best time of 43.94 seconds in the 400 relay, but came up just four one-hundredths of a second short in fifth place.
“Overall, I was obviously pleased and happy about the kids that made it to state,” Grain Valley boys coach Marc Cleveland said. “We were all a little heartbroke by the 4-by-100 relay. We had pretty good sticks and ran our best time of the year, but lost out on moving on by a few hundreths of a second that had to be sorted out by video review.
“Our 4-by-800 relay set a school record and are really starting to hit stride with three of the four runners having personal best split times,” Cleveland added. “Tyree, Tyler, and Riley also turned in solild performances, and hopefully can continue to peak for another week.”
EAGLES’ HERNANDEZ ADVANCES: Grain Valley’s Mariah Hernandez earned the lone area Class 3 girls state berth by winning the high jump. She cleared 5 feet, 2 inches like Pleasant Hill’s Cara Jo Weseman, but did it in fewer jumps to take the sectional title.
Oak Grove’s Xandra Fuimaono finished fifth in the discus, falling just short of advancing, and took seventh in the shot put.