Camdenton, Mo. (OzarksSportsZone.com) -- Competing on their home track, 13 Camdenton Lakers advanced to a Missouri Class 4 sectional by way of placing in the top four in the Missouri Class 4 District 5 meet on Saturday at Bob Shore Stadium.
The Lakers were paced by junior McKenzie Wright, who won both the high jump (5 feet, 6 inches) and the triple jump (38-2).
The Camdenton girls placed fifth overall in the team standings with 62.33 points, while the boys placed third with 73 points. Rock Bridge dominated the distance events, and won the girls' team standings with 156.83 points, well ahead of second-place Jefferson City's 130.5 points. Waynesville placed fourth in the girls' standings with 78 points.
Waynesville placed fourth in the boys' standings with 68 points.
Rock Bridge dominated the distance events, advancing four runners in the two-mile and two more in the mile. The only area girl to break into the top four in either distance event was the Lakers' Tessa Weber. A freshman, Weber placed fourth in the mile with a time of 5:28.
"The beginning I thought I took off to fast," Weber said. "I was four seconds faster than what I normally run. The second lap felt good and the third one I knew I was going to have to keep with it.
"On the last lap I saw the girl in fourth and knew that if I wanted to advance I had to pass her and I did and kept her behind me."
Weber edged Washington freshman Josie Plowman by 13 seconds for fourth place.
"I am very excited," Weber said. "I thought coming in I wasn't going to qualify. Seeing and wanting this for so long it is amazing to get it."
The top four in Saturday's District 5 meet advance to a Class 4 sectional which will be held on May 18 at Ozark High School.
While Wright paced the field in the high jump, teammate Colleen Magelky placed second (5-2) and Judy Keys was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles. Denver Hanson placed second in the 110-hurdles and 300-hudles for the Camdenton boys, Sam Georgeoplis placed fourth in the long jump, Chase Nugent placed third in the shot and Jeremy Ryan placed fourth in the two-mile.
Finally recovered from injury, Waynesville senior Dorothy Adams won the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.80 seconds. Adams said following the race she is trying to reach the 57-second mark that she was at before suffering torn ligaments in her ankle.
"I am trying to speed up my first 200- (meters) because I know my last 200 is explosive, so I have to work on my start more," Adams said.
Surrounded by a young and talented track team at Waynesville, Adams said she is trying to be a positive influence on the younger athletes. Adams set the pace on the winning 200-meter relay team that also featured juniors Zjandro Samuels, Kaprina Stewart and Angel Jones.
"I really don't think the younger kids understand until it is your last year because you realize this might be your last chance to do something like this," Adams said. "I just want to do well and encourage my team. Going into sectionals i just want to get my time down and get those others girls I've been chasing since my freshman year."
Adams also placed third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.60 seconds.
While Adams is battling back from an ankle injury, Samuels is battling anemia, which she said she was diagnosed with three months before the track season began. In addition to serving on both of the Tigers' winning relay teams on Saturday, Samuels placed second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.36 seconds.
"I was diagnosed with anemia three months before the season and it was kind of a disadvantage," Samuels said. "We had a player (Adams) with a hurt ankle, and we have just been stretching, taking our medicine, and going to physical therapy. Our mindset is first for sectionals and lane four and first in state."
Waynesville freshman Arial Okorie placed second in the 100-meter hurdles and third in the 300-meter hurdles. Samuels, Jones and Stewart also teamed with freshman Mya Dorsey to lead the Waynesville 100-meter relay team to a win with a time of 51 seconds.
Also advancing for the Waynesville girls was the Tigers' 400-meter relay team, which placed third.
Junior Kelvin Williams led the Waynesville boys with a win in the high jump (6-1), while sophomore Indaqual Presberry placed second in the high jump (5-10). Senior Desean Stokes won the discus (158-9) and placed fourth in the shot (47-0).
Also advancing for the Waynesville boys was junior Leonard Farris, who placed third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.43 seconds. The Tigers also placed third in the 100-meter dash.
Junior Aaron Froehlich and senior Alex McCormick paced the Rolla track and field team on Saturday. Froehlich won both the long jump and the triple jump, while McCormick won the 300-meter hurdles.
Junior Shannon McCaul placed second in the 800, freshman Sophia Holmes placed fourth in the 400 and the 800-meter relay team took fourth for the Rolla girls.
The Willard Tigers advanced in nine events, led by freshman Chloe Andrews, who win the 800. Senior Bailey Hession placed third in the 800 and senior Ali Frazier placed second in the discus and third in the shot. Dnaielle Sanger placed fourth in the 100-meter dash.
Junior Z Barr placed second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.33 seconds, just off the pace set by Hickman sophomore Ben Brooks, who won with a time of 11.07.
Barr later teamed with Quinton Puckett, Daniel Horne and Kolbe Kinghorn to place third in the 200-meter dash.
"I stumbled a little bit on my start which cost me (in the 100)," Barr said. "I think I might be able to get him at sectionals. I know there are fast kids in the other district, but I think I can get out of sectionals and state.
"I just want to go out there and have fun. It will be my first time going so I will just enjoy it and if I make it great but if not then I can get ready for next year."
Lebanon had four relay teams advance — both 400-meter relay teams, the boys' 200-meter relay and the boys' 100-meter relay team.
Senior Jeffrey Plake finished second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.13 seconds.
The Central Bulldogs had five athletes advance, led by freshman Jasyln Williams who won the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.98 seconds and placed second in the 100 with a time of 12.47 seconds. Emily Thomas placed second in the 400 with a time of 1:00.34 and Gracen Candie placed third in the discus.
Senior Tavion Neal paced the Central boys as he placed second in the triple jump.
The Hillcrest Hornets had just one athlete advance as sophomore Loguen Lewis placed fourth in the 400.
MISSOURI CLASS 4 DISTRICT 5 TRACK MEET
on Saturday, at Bob Shore Stadium
Girls team results
1. Rock Bridge 156.83 2. Jefferson City 130.5 3. Washington 92.50 4. Waynesville 78 5. Camdenton 62.33 6. Hickman 39.33 7. Willard 39 8. Central 38 9. Rolla 36.50 10. Lebanon 14 11. Smith-Cotton 11 12. Hillcrest 3
Girls individual results
800 relay — 1. Rock Bridge, 9:51 2. Jefferson City, 9:53 3. Washington, 10:16 4. Rolla 10:20
400 relay — 1. Rock Bridge, 4:08 2. Jefferson City, 4:08 3. Waynesville, 4;12 4. Lebanon, 4:14
200 relay — 1. Waynesville, 1:45 2. Rock Bridge, 1:47 3. Jefferson City, 1:47 4. Hickman, 1:49
100 relay — 1. Waynesville, 51.00 2. Jefferson City, 51.17 3. Washington, 51.20 4. Hickman, 51.27
100 hurdles — 1. Mallory Short, Rock Bridge (11) 14.91 2. Arial Okorie, Waynesville (9) 15.04 3. Kezia Martin, Jefferson City (11) 15.56 4. Judy Keys, Camdenton (11) 15.87
300 hurdles — 1. Louisa Nylander, Jefferson City (10) 46.61 2. Haley Watson, Jefferson City (9) 46.98 3. Ariel Okorie, Waynesville (9) 47.26
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