Burns leads Trojans at districts
The Southwest Trojans qualified athletes in five events at the Class 2 District 5 Track and Field Champion-ships at Ash Grove on Saturday, May 5. The Trojans placed seventh in the field of 16 boys teams with 32 points. Lamar won the boys division with 124 points.
Senior jumps specialist Randy Burns won a district title in the triple jump, taking home the gold medal for his leap of 40'6". Burns also placed second in the high jump.
Dustin Breedlove placed fourth in the 800-meter dash with a season-best time of 2:06.09. The Trojans' 3,200-meter relay team of Breedlove, Logan Pendergraft, Luke Hackett and Daulton Rivas finished fourth.
Charlotte Buttrum was the lone qualifier for the Lady Trojans, placing fourth in the 3,200-meter run.
Logan Pendergraft and Kyle Buttrum placed fifth and sixth respectively for Southwest in the 3,200-meter run, and Rivas finished fifth in the 100-meter dash.
The top four finishers in each event move on to the Class 2 sectionals at Missouri State University's Plaster Field in Springfield on Saturday, May 12. The top four from sectional competition advance to the state meet at Lincoln University in Jefferson City on May 18 and 19.
Burns and Breedlove both qualified for the MSHSAA Class 2 Track & Field Championships with stellar performances at the Class 2 Sectional held May 12 at Missouri State University in Springfield.
Burns tied a school record in the high hump, clearing 6' 2" for second place. Earlier in the afternoon, he placed fourth in the triple jump with a 39' 1 ?" effort, clinching state berths in both events.
Breedlove had a mixed day's work. The sophomore middle distance ace anchored the Trojans' 3,200-meter relay team to a disappointing sixth place in the first running event of the day. He returned in the heat of the afternoon to take third in the 800-meter dash, recording a personal best 2:04.6.
"The relay just wasn't going to make it," said coach Lee Stubblefield. "I told Dustin to shut it down with a lap to go. There was no sense in him straining when we were obviously out of the mix."
Stubblefield dished out praise for Logan Pendergraft and Luke Hackett, who both ran personal bests on the ill-fated relay.
Charlotte Buttrum was the only Lady Trojan at sectionals, and she failed to qualify for state in the 3,200.
"We were entered in five events at sectionals, and we advance to state in three," said Stubblefield. "That's a pretty good day for anyone."
The Class 1 and 2 state competition will be held at Lincoln University in Jefferson City on May 18 and 19.