Trojans keeping pace after Republic Relays

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Travis Sickles takes the baton from Xander Deshields for Southwest in the 4x800 meter relay in the Republic Relays last week. Contributed photo

Southwest track team makes positive strides

The Southwest boys track team finished sixth on the brand new track at the Republic Relays last week.

Sophomore John Scannell finished second in the 110 high hurdles in 17.51 seconds as the Trojans scored in 10 events and earned 40 points.

Scannell, a sectional qualifier a year ago, also placed sixth in the triple jump (36-4.5) and long jump (17-0). He also ran the first leg of the 4x100 relay that placed seventh in 51.97.

Senior Trevor Sneed and sophomore Travis Sickles were also standouts. Sneed was third in the 400 in 55.8, while Sickles was fifth in the 400 in 57.4 and 6th in the two-mile in 11:20.28. Sneed and Sickles teamed with freshmen Christian Long and Xander Deshields made up the 4x800 relay that was third in 9:30. Other highlights: junior Isaac Starr was seventh in the shot in 48-5 and 11th in the discus in 85-2, both personal records, and Deshields was 8th in the 800 in 2:25.51.

“It was exciting to see Isaac to rebound with two personal records,” said Southwest Coach Steve Voyak. “He was not pleased with his performance at the previous meet, but he really worked at practice and it paid off. He even ran a leg in the 4x100 and it paid off with a seventh-place finish.”

On the girls’ side, the Lady Trojans were 10th with 21.5 points, scoring in five events and led by sophomore Brylee Wilson and senior Mariah Munday. Wilson, a state qualifier in cross country, was fourth in the 800 in 2:55.85 and sixth in the mile in 6:44.32. while Munday was fifth in the triple jump in 28-1 and eighth in the long jump in 12-11.

“It was a good test for Brylee, who is recovering from an injury,” Voyak said. “Two large school meets in five days will see where your compete level stands. We are trying to bring her back slowly, but she wants to do as much as possible as quick as possible.”

Southwest competes at the School of the Ozarks in Branson and at Pea Ridge, Ark., this week.

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