The Clark Middle School Relays first-place girls team trophy is staying put in Fayette this year.
The Lady Falcons, winning six of the 15 events Friday, scored 122 points, finishing 15 points ahead of second-place St. Pius X of Moberly.
The Fayette boys nearly made it a clean sweep of the team championships, trailing Harrisburg by half a point heading into the final event of the day. However, Harrisburg won the 4×400-meter relay, scoring a total of 117.5 points and holding off the Falcons by 4.5 points in the end.
The Fayette girls boasted a pair of winners in sprinting events. Bailey Perry started the day with a win in the 100-meters in a time of 13.83 seconds. Emma Hoover added a victory in the 200-meters, clocking a time of 28.46 seconds.
Jammie Martin continued her run of first-place finishes in the 75-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in a time of 13.63 seconds.
Fayette also won two of the three relay events. The 4×100-meter relay team of Dee McDonald, Perry, Hoover and Martin had a winning time of 56.38 seconds. In addition, the 4×200-meter relay team of Donisa Duncan, Perry, Hoover and Martin also won, posting a time of 2:01.12.
Quinn Frerking added a win in the discus for the Lady Falcons with a throw of 70’-3”, winning by nearly five full feet.
The Fayette boys posted just one win Friday. Blake Dawson continued his dominance this season in the 800-meters, winning in a time of 2:22.33.
The Falcons also finished second in four events. Dawson came in second place in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5’-0”. He was also on the 4×200-meter relay team — with Chavez Kent, Brennen Hudson and Kaden Hoover — that took second place with a time of 1:46.92.
The Fayette boys lost to conference foe Slater in the 4×100-meter relay as well, finishing in second place with a time of 53.04 seconds. Brennen Hudson, Kent, Isaiah Estes and Vince Roberts ran the relay. Hudson also finished second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.51 seconds.
On their way to victory, the Harrisburg boys won six events, just as the Fayette girls did. Cade Combs was the most decorated of the Bulldogs, winning in three of his four events.
Combs started the day with a win in the high jump, edging Dawson with a winning height of 5’-2”. He then won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 17.40 seconds, edging yet another Fayette competitor in Hudson.
The Harrisburg eighth-grader ended the meet with a win in the 4×400-meter relay, running the anchor leg. Along with Cody Karl, Austin Nichols and Christian Jenkins, Harrisburg clinched the team championship with a victory in a time of 4:16.16.
In the field events, Scott Hill won the shot put for Harrisburg with a throw of 34’-5.5” and Karl won the triple jump with a distance of 33’-3”. Back on the track, Jenkins was a winner in the 400-meters with a time of 1:00.71.
The Harrisburg girls took third place with 89 points. Sadie Cook had the best finish for the Lady Bulldogs on the day, placing second in the 200-meters with a time of 30.01 seconds.
New Franklin was also in attendance at the Clark Middle School Relays. The boys tied for fifth place with 76 points and the girls were alone in fifth place with 72 points.
Madison Matney blew away the competition in the girls’ shot put, remaining undefeated this season in the event. Her winning throw of 36’-0” made her the only competitor in the event to clear the 30-foot mark.
As for the New Franklin boys, Bailey Lyons won the 1,600-meters in a time of 5:23.94. Mason Bailey also won the discus with a throw of 99’-6” and has doubled his throwing distance in the event in less than a month’s time.