McNabb, Jackson set new Southwest track standards

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Records are made to be broken. Some just stand longer than others.

Two of the longest standing track and field records in Southwest history fell on the same night.

On a chilly, damp evening at Ash Grove on March 28, Kordell McNabb broke Scott Young's shot record from 1994, and then Lavonte Jackson nicked the 200-meter standard set by Danny Ickes back in 1989.

McNabb's heave of 45'4" bested Young's record by over a foot. Jackson shaved only six one-100ths off Ickes' 24-year-old standard. Ickes had set both the 200 and 400-meter school records in 1989 and ran on three record-setting relays that same year. Only the 4x100 relay record had been broken in all the years since until Jackson's sizzling sprint.

Remarkably, neither athlete won their event. Jackson placed second in the half-lap sprint, and McNabb took third in the weight throw. He also placed sixth in the discus.

Zach Miles was the only other Southwest boy to score individually, taking sixth in the 3,200-meter race. The Trojans placed sixth in both the 4x100 relay and 4x200 relay relays. As a team, the Southwest boys placed eighth in the field of 22 teams, scoring 22 points.

The Lamar Tigers ran away with the team title, scoring 186. Host Ash Grove was second with 73.

Nicole Ickes led the Southwest girls' squad. She placed fourth in the 100, third in the 300 hurdles and third in the long jump. Montana Hendrix placed third in both the high jump and triple jump.

The Lady Trojans placed seventh in team standings with 28 points. Lamar won the girls' meet with 90, while Pierce City scored 87 for second.

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