Bailey, who finished seventh at last year’s state meet, topped his twin brother and defending state champion Ben to take the 2013 title.
“You have to throw your best everyday otherwise you won’t beat Ben,” said Sam with a smile. “It’s kind of hard.”
Fellow Tiger Austin Boice finished third to give Lamar the top three spots on the podium. Boice, who is also the top seeded entrant in the shot put, was a member of last year’s runner-up team also.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” said Boice. “It’s what we’ve been planning on since the beginning of the season. It was our main goal.”
Boice knows a thing or two about winning. Like the Bailey twins, Boice was a member of the Tigers’ back-to-back state championship football teams, in addition to being his the Class of 2013’s valedictorian.
“I think we are feeling pretty confident,” said Boice. “We are definitely excited because we know we can do it.”
Kaderly wins shot put
Jed Kaderly isn’t your typical state champion.
In fact, the Jasper senior was relatively off of the radar heading into sectionals, despite his Class 1 – District 3 championship throw on the strength of a 41’2.5” throw.
To that point, his best throw of the season was just 42’4.5”.
In his sectional meet Kaderly threw a career-best 45’7.5”, giving him a sectional championship and his first trip to state.
Kaderly continued his ascent into Friday’s state meet, launching a mammoth 48’1.75” throw, and new personal record, to claim the Class 1 state crown.
“It feels great,” said Kaderly. “It kind of surprised me, but I really didn’t want to choke again.”
Kaderly’s 10 points helped vault the Eagles into second place in the Class 1 standings. Jasper (19) trails Rock Port (23) heading into day two.
“I love being part of such a strong team,” said Kaderly. “I like knowing that helped score some points.”
Cook takes second in disc
Vanessa Cook had one goal entering the season.
She wanted to leave Jefferson City with a state championship.
Although the Licking senior came up short on day one, taking second place in the discus, the cliché ‘there’s always tomorrow’ rings entirely true for Cook, who will be competing for tomorrow’s Class 2 shot put title.
Cook (122’01”) came up just two feet short of Brentwood freshman Sophia Rivera’s 124’4” throw.
“I wanted to win a state championship coming into the season, but some girls just work harder,” said Cook. “It’s always a day-to-day thing with throwing and she was better today.”
Win or lose tomorrow, Cook, who has signed to throw at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, is still happy with what she was able to do in her final campaign donning the black and orange.
“I’m proud of what I was able to accomplish this season,” said Cook. “I was able to break the school record in both the shot put and discus. I’m really happy with this season; hopefully I can continue it at Lindenwood.”
Fair Grove freshman medals in the triple jump
This time a year ago Fair Grove freshman Kyle Cavanaugh was enjoying his last summer before enrolling at Fair Grove.
Cavanaugh, who had been home schooled for much of his life, would have some adjustments to make in moving to a public school.
“Going to school for seven hours a day is a lot different,” said Cavanaugh with a smile. “It is kind of weird.”
The folks of Fair Grove are sure glad Cavanaugh decided to make the transition.
On Friday, just a month removed from taking his first ever competition triple jump, Cavanaugh set a new personal record (43’9.5”) and brought home a third place finish for the Eagles.
“I’m really excited about it, I had a lot of fun running track this year,” said Cavanaugh. “I had no idea that I would even make it here. I’m definitely happy about it.”
Cavanaugh, who also saw varsity basketball action this winter, couldn’t be more excited with his decision to attend Fair Grove.
“There is more structure in school, so it’s a big step going from home school to public school but I’ve really enjoyed it and I really love Fair Grove,” said Cavanaugh.
Other results from Friday…
Jasper’s Mike Spicer was the Class 1 high jump runner-up for the second year in a row. Spicer will have a chance to add to the Eagles point total tomorrow in the triple jump and 100M dash.
Strafford hurdlers Blake Alexander and Jenna Clements continue to look solid. Both took home top prelim times in the 110M and 100M hurdles respectively. Alexander also advanced to Saturday’s final in the 300M hurdles as well.
The Ozarks is well represented in Saturday’s hurdle finals. In the 100 finals, local athletes Clements (Strafford), Emilyn Dearman (Stockton), Shelby Clifton (Mountain Grove), and Kailey Chapman (Spokane), own four of the top six prelim times heading into the final… In the 300 hurdles Dearman, the defending Class 2 state champion in the event, is joined by Chapman, as well as freshmen Kaelyn Sturgell (Lamar) and Logan Eden (Strafford) in Saturday’s final.
Distance runners Thomas Chabrecek (Crane) and Dakota Shoemaker (Humansville) both took home top five finishes in the 1600 with Chabrecek taking fifth in Class 2 and Shoemaker taking third in Class 1.
The Liberty Eagles had a strong Day One. Freshman Daylan Quinn picked up a couple points in the 1600M run finishing seventh… Denton Postlewait finished second in the 400M dash prelims, garnering a preferred lane for Saturday’s final. Hurdlers Jaelon Acklin (110M) and Austin Smotherman (300M) both advance to their finals respectively also.
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