SW runners set new relay record at state track meet

Thursday, May 22, 2008

At the Class 2 State Track and Field Championships in Jefferson City, Southwest's runners failed to earn any All-State medals despite some strong performances.

The Trojan efforts were highlighted by the 4x800 meter relay team, which shattered the school record by over seven seconds while taking 10th. Logan Pendergraft, Dustin Breedlove, Luke Hackett and Caleb Mitchell combined to set a new standard of 8:27.62 while erasing the old mark of 8:34.98 set in 2002.

Mitchell also raced to ninth place in the 800-meter dash with a time of 2:00.38.
The Trojans failed to advance past the prelims in both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, and Codie Harmon could not make the finals in the long jump competition.
"We're past taking baby steps and really learning to compete with our program," said Trojan coach Lee Stubblefield. "This is the largest group of runners to go to state in almost 20 years. I hope the experience carries over to next year, and we can qualify even more kids."
The 2008 Southwest boys squad won four regular season meets, including the Ozark 7 Conference title, and placed third at the Class 2 District 5 championships. The Trojans broke school records in five different events.
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