Tie produces 10 medalists in Class 2 state high jump

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Democrat Photo by Lee Stubblefield Raising the bar Southwest's Montana Hendrix took eighth place at the Class 2 state track meet in Jefferson City on May 18. Hendrix cleared 4'10" at the championship and became the first female from Southwest high School to medal at state since 2003.

There were a lot of raw nerves and missed opportunities at the girls' high jump competition at the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 2 Track and Field Championships at Jefferson City on Saturday, May 18.

Slick footing on the Lincoln University venue apron seemed to affect a number of jumpers, and an inordinate percentage of girls bowed out after missing all three attempts at the opening height of 4'8".

Montana Hendrix, of Southwest High School and Brianna Zebert, of Pierce City High School, were two of only 10 girls who cleared the bar at 4'10". Neither could navigate the 5'0" height and could only watch and wait for the final results.

When the competition finally ended, Becca Buechter, of Iberia, claimed the gold medal with a leap of 5'4". Emily Dearman, of Stockton, took second, clearing 5'3". Four girls cleared 5'1" with earlier misses determining the order for those medals. That left only the eighth place medal.

Hendrix, Zebert and Morgan Ledure, of Kelly, all had cleared the first two heights on their first attempts, eliminating any tie-breaking decisions for the judges. By rule, the final medal and point was split three ways --actually each of the three was awarded an eighth place medal.

Hendrix became Southwest's first female medal winner at the state track meet since her sister Ashley claimed two awards at the 2003 championships.

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