Wheaton, Purdy qualify athletes to sectionals
Galvan dominates Class 1 action at Willard
Bubba Galvan won a treasure trove of gold medals at the Class 1 District 4 track and field championships at Willard High School on Saturday. Galvan won all four of his events to lead the Wheaton Bulldogs to a fourth place team finish.
Galvan headlined a list of Wheaton athletes who qualified for next Saturday's sectional competition. He took first in long jump (21' 4"), first in triple jump (42' 9"), first in the 110-meter hurdles (15.8), and first in 300-meter hurdles (40.5).
Wheaton's Darrell Burns and Justin Walker took first and second respectively in the high jump with both clearing 5' 8".
Shirley Galvan qualified in three events, placing fourth in long jump (14' 8"), second in the 100-meter hurdles (17.8), and fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (54.9)
Samantha Etzler was third in 200-meter dash (30.0), and Kirstyn Harris placed fourth in both the discus (88' 2") and shot (29' 7.5")
The 4x800 relay team of Breanna Brattin, Jaden Sherwood, Kim Yang and Shannon Burns finished third in 12:31.
Besides the sectional qualifiers, Wheaton athletes scored in several other events. Breanna Brattin placed fifth in the 1,600-meter run (7:15.7), and seventh in the 800-meter dash (3:02.5). Chase Burns was sixth in the 3,200-meter run (16:32.40). The 4x400 meter relay team of Shannon Burns, Brattin, Sherwood and Samantha Etzler took fifth in 5:00.3.
Jory Bartkoski finished sixth in discus (93' 10"). The 4x400 meter relay team of Kayvick Yang, Matt Hickman, Justin Walker and Justin Yeary placed sixth in 4:15.6. The 4x200 meter relay team of Hickman, Yeary, Kayvick Yang and Kevin Moua placed eighth in 1:49.7.
The Wheaton girls scored 53 points to take fifth in the team standings. Vienna was first with 185. The Wheaton boys finished fourth with 65 points. Humansville won the meet with 149.5.
Purdy's Patton posts PR
In the Class 2 District 5 track and field championships at Ash Grove on Saturday, Purdy's Audrey Patton beat her personal best by 23 seconds in the 3,200-meter event to take third and qualify for the Class 2 sectional meet at Hollister on Saturday. Patton battled throughout with the eventual gold and silver medalists, Arnica Zitting, of Stockton, and Kolleen Gladden, of College Heights. Her 12:58.22 is a new Purdy school record.
The Purdy ladies qualified in the 4x200 meter relay as the quartet of Kristyn Cornman, Kaitlyn Carpenter, Rachael Neill and Shelby White finished fourth in 2:00.10.
Cornman raced to fifth place in the 400-meter dash in 1:06.33. Kaylynn Harkey placed sixth in the girls pole vault, clearing 8' 0". Shelby White placed sixth in the 100-meter dash with a 14.28. Rachael Neill finished sixth in the 200-meter dash in 30.35.
Southwest's Jacob Jennings scored in both the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs but failed to qualify for sectionals in a stacked district. Jennings ran 4:53.05 for sixth in the 1,600 and then clocked 10:37.90 for fifth in the 3200. Cristian Sellars finished sixth in the 800-meter run for the Trojans, running a personal best of 2:05.22, and Timmy Johns was seventh in the long jump with a leap of 18' 2".
Pierce City swept the team titles, winning the boys division with 108 points, and the girls with 111. The Purdy Lady Eagles finished the day in ninth place with 15 points. The Southwest boys scored four points for 13th position.
JOPLIN -- Tuesday, May 3 was an historic day for the Ozark 7 Conference Track and Field Championships. Two Wheaton athletes, Bubba and Shirley Galvan, each won four individual events at the meet in what could be a first for Missouri siblings in a championship setting.
Still, neither the Wheaton boys nor the Wheaton girls could claim a team title. In a meet hosted by Southwest at the Thomas Jefferson track facility, the Trojans rolled to a fifth consecutive championship in the boys division, while the Purdy Lady Eagles edged Wheaton, 157-155.
Audrey Patton captured four golds of her own at the meet, winning every individual distance event and running a sprint relay leg to lead the Lady Eagles to back-to-back championships. The Purdy girls won their first ever Ozark 7 team track title last year.
After winning the four previous conference titles, Southwest's boys seemed to own the secret formula. Steve Rissler's Runnin' Trojans scored at least eight points in every contested event except the 4x100 meter relay and won every individual running event 400 meters and longer.
Jacob Jennings won both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs for Southwest, while Cristian Sellars pulled the 400- and 800-meter double. Kordell McNabb won both the shot and discus for the Trojans, and Southwest won every relay except the shortest one.
Wheaton's Bubba Galvan won the long jump, triple jump, 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles in a remarkable individual display of athleticism.
Southwest easily topped the team standings, scoring 186 points. Wheaton was second with 113, and Verona finished third with 104. Purdy (36), Thomas Jefferson (30) and McAuley (24) completed the field.
Lady Eagles repeat
Purdy's first-year coach Stephanie Ray was concerned going into the championships. Her girls roster had only eight names. In a meet where each school is allowed three entries per individual event, depth is critical. To cover each individual event with three athletes and compete in all the relays, a team must have a minimum of 16 athletes.
Both Wheaton and Southwest showed up with huge girls contingents, but Ray's team maximized performances and points with a carefully planned strategy.
The Lady Eagles captured first place in nine of the 17 events.
Mattie White won both the shot and Shelby White won the 100-meter dash. Kristyn Cornman won the 400, and Rachael Neill took the 200-meter dash.
Audrey Patton won first the 1,600-meter run, holding off McAuley's Hardy down the stretch, and then cruised to victory in the 800.
The Lady Eagles won both the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relays and moved within striking distance of Wheaton in the team standings with Neill's sprint victory with just two events remaining.
With the meet on the line, the Lady Eagles rode their distance ace Audrey Patton to the finish line. Patton's win in the 3,200 gave Purdy a 151-147 lead over Wheaton with only the 4x400 meter relay remaining.
The Lady Bulldogs needed a two-position lead over Purdy in the relay to tie, or a three-spot lead for the win. McAuley held off Wheaton to win the race, and Purdy clinched the title by hanging on for third place.
Purdy won with 157 points followed by Wheaton (155), Southwest (134), McAuley (36) and Verona (3).
The Southwest girls battled hard to take third behind Purdy and Wheaton. The Lady Trojans dominated in the triple jump with Courtney Breamer taking first, Brittany Miles taking second and Cady Swindle taking fourth. In the high jump, Montana Hendrix and Courtney Breamer finished second and third respectively.
The Southwest girls sprint relays won silver in the 4x100 and 4x200 meter events. Sharllana Gonzales won four medals, taking second in the long jump, third in the 100, third in the 300-meter hurdles and ran on the second place 4x100 meter relay.
Southwest's Steve Rissler was very proud of both his boys and girls.
"Going into the conference meet, we knew that with Verona's speed and Wheaton's one-man wrecking crew Bubba Galvan the title was up for grabs this year," Rissler said. "The 4x800 team came out and set the tone in the first event. Jacob Jennings and Cristian Sellers have led by example all year, and they did the same at conference. The girls team ran hard, but we still came up a little short."