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Southwest runners are state bound

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Southwest Trojans extended their track season one more week, qualifying athletes to state in five events at the Class 2 track and field sectional meet at Lamar on Saturday, May 10.

The Trojans qualified three relay teams to state and broke yet another school record along the way. The 4x100 meter relay quartet of Josh Hartin, Caleb Mitchell, Levi Roberts and D. K. Moose flew to a second place finish in 46.19, breaking a hallowed record from the 1989 season.
"The 1989 Trojan track team was led by Danny Ickes, the best track athlete in school history," said Lee Stubble-field, the Southwest coach for the past nine seasons. "Ickes set individual records in the 200 and 400 that still stand and ran on three relay teams whose records all stood until today."
The 4x800 and 4x400 meter relay teams both placed fourth on Saturday and will also move on to state competition.

Logan Pendergraft, Dustin Breedlove, Dillon Alley and Luke Hackett ran their season's best time by over 15 seconds in the 4x800 meter event, with a time of 8:44.0. Caleb Mitchell, Breedlove, Pendergraft and Codie Harmon ran 3:39.2 in the mile relay with their qualifying effort.

Individually, Codie Harmon made it to state with a fourth place finish in the long jump but fell just short in the triple jump, placing fifth. Mitchell took fourth in the 800-meter dash and also qualified for state. Senior sprinter D.K. Moose finished sixth in the 100-meter dash.
The Class 1 and 2 State Track and Field Champion-ships will be held May 16 and 17 at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. The official meet schedule is posted online at www.mshsaa.org.



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