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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Southwest keeps pace with larger schools at Monett

Brylee Wilson won the 800-meter dash and medaled in four events to lead the Southwest track team at the Monett Relays last week.

Wilson, a sophomore, was second in the 400 in 1:04.12, and third in the high jump at 4-6, and anchored the 4x400 relay team that finished second in 4:49.

“Brylee prefers distance races, but she has really come on in the 400 recently,” said Steve Voyak, Southwest coach. “I feel like this development is making her a more dynamic runner because she has not really been known for her pure speed and now that is one of her strengths.”

Sophomore John Scannell ran a personal record of 16.20 and won the 110 hurdles. He was also third in the long jump in 18-3.

“John has made amazing progress in the hurdles all season,” Voyak said. “He is still struggling with his starts. He was last to the first hurdle, but was still able to rally and win the race. He will figure it out before conference and district.”

Sophomore Isaac Starr improved his distances with personal records in both the shot (37-2) and discus (98-6). Finally, the 4x400 team of freshmen Max Terry, Christian Long, Haiden Sanders and Xander Deshields earned a silver medal in the varsity race.

On the girls’ side, Freshman Haily Irwin medaled in three events and was runner-up in the mile in 6:42 and third in the 400 in 1:11.96.

Southwest competes in its first ever SouthWest Central League Conference meet today (Wednesday) in Spokane and then participates in the Class 2, District 5 at Sarcoxie Saturday.

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