Poll: Who is the best boys track athlete in the area?

Track is heading quickly towards its postseason, so this week we are asking who is the best track athlete in the area?

Results will be released soon.


Jaelon Acklin - MV/BT Liberty
Acklin, a stand-out on the football field and basketball court, is a short race specialist as he has the second-best 110-meter hurlde time in the area at 14.78. He sits at fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.05. He also contributes on Liberty relays that are ranked.

Blake Alexander - Strafford
Alexander is arguably the top hurdler in the area with the area's best 110-meter hurdle time of 14.16, which is more than a half-second better than Acklin's second place mark. He is second in the area in the 300 meter hurdles with a mark of 39.57. He also has shown ability in the triple jump with the area's ninth-best mark.

Ryan Berg - Nixa
Berg specializes in the pole vault, but is the best the area has to offer with an area-leading mark of 14-feet-six-inches.
Cody Frana - Cassville
Frana has the best 300-meter hurdle time in the area at 39.56, just ahead of Alexander. In the 110-meter hurdles he sits at No. 5 with a time of 14.98.

AJ Green - Parkview
Green leads the area in long jump by nine inches with a leap of 22-feet-nine-inches. He also is a contributor on the highly ranked Parkview sprint relays.

Spencer Haik - Glendale
Haik has one of the nation's best marks in the 1600-meter with a time of 4:11.76 which he put up as he won the prestigious Kansas Relays Dream Mile qualifier. One day earlier he won the 800-meter run at KU with an area-best time of 1:55.54, which is almost three full seconds better than second place. He has only run the 3200 once, but it was good enough for the sixth-best mark in the area at 9:59.62.

Aren Martin - Lebanon
Martin leads the way in the area in both the 200 and 400. He is the only Southwest Missouri quarter-miler to dip below the 50-second barrier as he has run 49.72. His 200-meter time is 22.47 to lead by .01 of a second. He checks in at No. 14 on the 100-meter dash list. The Lebanon sprinter also contributes on the area-leading 800 and 1600 meter relay teams.
Tavion Neal - Central
Neal has top 20 marks in four individual events. He leads the triple jump with a leap of 46'02.75, which is a foot-and-a-half better than second place. Also a stand-out hurdler, he is No. 6 in the 300 hurdles and No. 8 in the 110-meter hurdles. He checks in at No. 17 in the 400.

Cedric O'Hara - Pierce City
O'Hara has the second-best marks in both the 100 (10.96) and 200 (22.48) in the area. He also is a member of highly ranked Pierce City sprint relays.
Shane Williams - Mt. Vernon
Williams also shows up in the top 20 of four individual events. He is tied for No. 1 in the high jump with a leap of 6'06, second in the long jump at 22-feet, fourth in the triple jump at 43'09.25 and 11th in the 200-meter dash at 22.98.

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