Southwest boys win Hillbilly Relays

Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Southwest’s Christian Long takes a handoff from Caden Uthe during the 4x800 relay at the Hillbilly Relays in Pierce City on Thursday. Kyle Troutman/

Wheaton’s Gonzalez wins 300-meter hurdles

The Southwest boys track and field team won four events en route to a team victory at the Hillbilly Relays in Pierce City on Thursday.

Earning medals in nine events and winning four, the Trojans were led by seniors Caden Uthe and Christian Long, and Junior Matteo Lumetta. Southwest earned 94 points, outdistancing Sarcoxie, which had 72, and New Covenant Academy, with 57. 

Alexis Raucstadt runs in the girls 4x800 relay at the Hillbilly Relays in Pierce City on Thursday. Kyle Troutman/

“Everything has to break right to win a track meet,” said Southwest Coach Steve Voyak. “It was a nice accomplishment, especially beating quality programs like Sarcoxie and New Covenant, but our guys, and girls, have higher goals for the post-season and hope to be performing at their best in May.”

Uthe won four medals at the Relays, winning the high jump and 400-meter run, and anchoring the 4x400 relay. Additionally, he was part of the 4x800 relay that finished second.

Lumetta was runner-up in the 100 and 200, and he helped the 4x100 and 4x200 relays to medals.

Wheaton's Fernando Gonzalez clears a hurdle in the 110-meter event, taking second place. He took first place in the 300-meter hurdles. Kyle Troutman/

Long won the 800 and helped the 4x400 and 4x800 both medal.

Sophomore Robert Humphries earned medals in two relays and placed third in the 800.

Freshman Braydan Eggelston won medals in three relays.

Purdy's Eli Webb tosses the shot put at the Hillbilly Relays last week. He took third in the discus. Kyle Troutman/

The Southwest girls were led by Sophomore Lyric Bernard, who earned silver medals in the 300 hurdles and long jump and helped the 4x200 relay team that included Juliauna Sierra,

Cally Bowyer, and Alexis Raucstadt earn a bronze. Additionally, Bernard was sixth in the triple jump, competing in the event for the first time.

Southwest also established four significant personal records at the East Newton Relays recently. Long ran a 2:08.40 and finished third in the 800 meters. He earlier ran a 2:04 as part of the 4x800 relay that shaved 12 seconds off its best mark to go 8:44.20 and earn second. Other members of the relay were Uthe, Sophomore Robert Humphires and Junior Otis Rainer. Uthe ran a 53.14 and finished second in the 400, while Bowyer improved her mile time by 15 seconds down to 6:28.50.

Purdy's Tegan Patterson took third in the 110-meter hurdles at the Hillbilly Relays last week. Kyle Troutman/

Other local schools competed at the Hillbilly Relays in Pierce City, as well. Wheaton’s Fernando Gonzalez won the 300-meter hurdles, and he was second in the 110-meter hurdles.

For Purdy, Bryce Ozbun also earned two third-place finishes, in 1600- and 3200-meter runs. Tegan Patterson took third in the 110-meter hurdles, Eli Webb was third in the discus and Weston Ellison was fifth in the 200-meter dash.

On the girls’ side, Wheaton’s Lakeisha Wise took third place in the 3200-meter run, the only local athlete not from Southwest to place.

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