Galvan qualifies for state in four events

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wheaton's Bubba Galvan won another handful of gold medals while qualifying to the MSHSAA Class 1 state track and field championships in four events. At the Class 1 sectional at Midway High School on Saturday, Galvan repeated his feat from the Class 1 district meet, where he captured first place in the long jump, triple jump and both hurdle events.

Wheaton's rising star won the long jump with a leap of 20'4.25", the triple jump with a mark of 41'1.25", the high hurdles with a time of 16.6 seconds, and the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 41.7 seconds.

Galvan's win streak has already drawn attention to the possibility of a Wheaton state team championship. One Missouri athlete has won the state title for a school before, although that happened in the WWII era. Just being in the conversation speaks volumes about the rarity of Galvan's accomplishments.

But Wheaton's Superman won't be alone at state. Besides the Galvan parade to the medal stand, Wheaton scored 10 points in the high jump. Darrell Burns, a sophomore, cleared the bar at 5'10" for third place and a spot at the state meet, while Justin Walker sailed over 5'8" for fifth but missed qualifying by one position.

Wheaton's boys finished fourth in the team standings with 50 points.

In the girls division, Wheaton's Shirley Galvan qualified for state with her fourth place finish in the high hurdles, clocking 18.3.

Shirley Galvan was the only Lady Bulldog who qualified for state, although the Wheaton girls scored 18 points and finished in 14th position.

Shirley Galvan finished sixth in the long jump and seventh in the 300-meter hurdles. Kirstyn Harris placed sixth in the shot and eighth in the discus. The 4x200 meter relay team of Breanna Brattin, Kim Yang, Shannon Burns and Chase Burns finished seventh. Samantha Etzler was seventh in the 200-meter dash.

The Class 1 state meet will be contested on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21 at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

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