SW, Purdy athletes ready for districts

Thursday, May 5, 2011
Going the distance Photo by Linda Patton Purdy senior Audrey Patton competes in the grueling 3,200-meter run at Pierce City. Patton finished second in the event.

The Pierce City track and field teams swept both the boys and girls divisions at the 89th Aldo Sebben Relays held at Missouri State University's Plaster Field on Tuesday, April 26.

The Pierce City boys edged Ash Grove, 77-76, to win the championship trophy. Southwest scored 21 for 12th in the field of 17 schools.

The Lady Eagles dominated a field of 20 schools, winning with a score of 93.5 points. Spokane was a distant second with 75. Southwest was 20th with 1.

Southwest's Cristian Sellars moved into fifth place on the All Time Trojan List with his second place, 2:05.54 performance in the 800-meter race. Sellars is currently ranked in the top four in Class 2 District 5.

Jacob Jennings placed eighth in the 1,600-meter race and fourth in the 3,200-meter run for the Trojans. The senior distance specialist clocked 4:59.2 and 10:41.84 in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter events respectively.

Montana Hendrix, of Southwest, accounted for the only point for the Lady Trojans, taking eighth in the high jump with a leap of 4'8". Hendrix previously tied a school record with a leap of 4'10" and has a solid chance of advancing to the Class 2 state track meet in the event.

Steve Rissler's runnin' Trojans picked up points in both the shortest and longest relay events. Southwest's quartet of Timmy Johns, Jonathan Holliday, Pat Syfert and Collin Munday placed sixth in the 4x100 meter relay in 47.62. Then Sellars, Kyle Miller, Jonathan Holliday and Jennings teamed for a fifth place finish in the 4x800 meter relay, clocking 8:57.5.

Audrey Patton's quest continues

Audrey Patton, Purdy's senior distance specialist, is on a quest to qualify for the Class 2 state track meet. Patton has placed fifth in her Class 2 sectional meet in each of the past two seasons, missing a trip to Jefferson City by one spot both times.

After the Lady Eagles won the Class 2 state basketball championship, Patton immediately set her sights on the 3,200. Working with first-year Coach Stephanie Ray during the week and a personal trainer on weekends, Patton has improved her 3,200 meter personal record by 10 seconds. Patton has run in only three meets thus far, earning silver medals in the 3,200 at Pierce City, Monett and Lamar.

Overcoming obstacles Democrat Photo Mattie White, pictured on the left, picked up points for the Purdy Lady Eagles track team at Lamar. She finished fourth in the 100 hurdles.

The Class 2 District 5 track and field championships will be held Saturday, May 7 at Ash Grove High School.

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