Good karma might be following Ethan Macoubrie.
That was what Grain Valley boys track coach Marc Cleveland said Saturday, given Macoubrie’s performance that day at the Class 4 Sectional 4 meet in Odessa – and what Macoubrie has accomplished athletically since doing a good deed in September 2017.
According to Cleveland, Macoubrie helped pay for a woman’s purchase last September at a convenience store. The day of Macoubrie’s good deed, Cleveland said he and Macoubrie discussed how good deeds reap benefits.
“That night, he had the game-winning catch (against) Harrisonville and he went on and had a great basketball season,” Cleveland said.
Macoubrie, who graduated last week from Grain Valley, saw his streak of athletic achievements continue at sectionals, when he won the high jump by clearing 6 feet, 6 inches and placed second in the javelin by throwing a school-record 163-3. By placing among the top four, Macoubrie qualified for this weekend’s Class 4 state meet in Jefferson City in both events.
“Sometimes, good things happen to good people,” Cleveland said.
Macoubrie was pleased with his javelin performance. Breaking his own school record in the event was “pretty exciting,” he said.
Macoubrie said he was pleased with his high jump performance, too.
“I had some conditions with the wind and it was rainy a little bit,” he said. “But getting over those, I thought it was pretty good.”
The high jump was among four events the Grain Valley boys won. They also won the 400- and 800-meter relays. Junior Brendan Mahurin was the Eagles’ other individual winner, taking the 110 high hurdles in 15.37 seconds.
“It looked like, from where I was, he just finished strong,” Cleveland said of Mahurin, who also ran on the fourth-place 1,600 relay squad. “He hit them clean and just kind of pulled away a little.”
Overall, the Eagles qualified in 10 events. In the team standings, they placed fourth among 19 schools with 83 points, 22 behind meet champion Grandview.
Andru Garrett, Tyler Luke, Nate Booker and Marcus East combined to win the 800 relay (1:28.71). Garrett, Luke, East and Michael Marquez teamed to win the 400 relay (42.80). Garrett also advanced in the 400 with a fourth-place finish (50.73), while Luke moved on in the 200 by taking second (22.58). East advanced in the 100 with a fourth-place finish, and Jaiden Yarber was fourth in the 300 hurdles (41.61).
Garrett, Luke and Kevin Gutierrez ran with Mahurin on the fourth-place 1,600 relay team.
In the girls competition, Grain Valley placed sixth with 41 points (Kearney won with 101). The Eagle girls qualified in three events – one individual event and two relays. Morgan Scott won the 800 in 2:20.24. The 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams qualified by placing second and third, respectively, with Scott running on both relay teams.
Kailey Larson, Kylie Boehmer and Gracie LaForge joined Scot on the 1,600 relay, while Larson, Lily Ogle and Kayla Wade joined Scott on the 3,200 relay team.
The Oak Grove girls also produced three qualifiers: Lilli Weir, Mariah Carpenter and Autumn Hearn. Weir advanced by placing fourth in the javelin.
“Unfortunately, she didn’t qualify in the shot or disc (discus), so she can focus on the javelin,” Oak Grove boys and girls coach Rusty Adams said.
Carpenter placed fourth in the 200. Hearn, a freshman, placed fourth in the 300 hurdles.
“I am extremely excited,” Hearn said of qualifying for state.
Nathan Foster was the lone Oak Grove boys qualifier. The sophomore won the 300 intermediate hurdles in 40.59 seconds.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” Foster said. “I messed up a lot more than what I wanted to, and I’m surprised I did what I did. But I’m hoping to do better at state.”
Oak Grove finished 14th in the boys meet with 10 points and 15th in the girls meet with 23 points.
Dasiah Tatum was Van Horn’s lone state qualifier, taking third in the shot put by throwing 35-3½.
Van Horn finished 16th in the girls meet with seven points and 18th in the boys meet with six points.