Glasgow girls win district track title

For the second-straight season, the Glasgow girls track and field team won the Class 1 District 5 meet on Saturday.

The Lady Jackets finished the day with 134.5 points, placing 23 points ahead of second-place Santa Fe. Glasgow was also district champion in five of the 18 events at the meet, which was held at Marshall.

The Glasgow boys, meanwhile, took second place in the team standings with 147, finishing 17 points behind district champion Hardin-Central. The Yellowjackets ended the day as district champs in four events.

“The back-to-back district titles for the girls was a goal we set out for and were excited to achieve,” Glasgow head coach Becky Thompson said. “We hope to continue this success at sectionals and qualify as many athletes as we can for state.”

In total, Glasgow had six athletes qualify for sectionals in their maximum allotment of four events.
Senior Alex Mathews is one of those athletes and he also won two individual district titles. His first win came in the 100-meter finals with a time of 12.21 seconds. Mathews then won the 200-meter finals after taking second in the preliminaries, posting a winning time of 24.53 seconds.

The Glasgow girls shattered their season-best time in the 4×800-meter relay. The team of Abby Draffen, Julia Kramm, Abby Thompson and Erin Reynolds posted a winning time of 10:34.95, which was 30 seconds faster than their seed time heading into districts.

The Lady Jackets also won the 4×400-meter relay to end the day with another season-best time. Kramm, Erin Reynolds, Abby Thompson and Nikki Fuemmeler clocked a time of 4:22.47, winning by two seconds.

The boys made it a clean sweep in the 4×400-meter relay. The quartet of Landon Brand, Hayden Hackman, Blake Hackman and Austin Speiser finished first in a time of 3:38.61.

All eight Glasgow relay teams qualified for sectionals, which will be held this upcoming Saturday in Fayette at Hairston Track/Estes Field on the Central Methodist University campus.

“Qualifying all relays for the boys and girls was a huge accomplishment,” Thompson said. “The kids ran their hearts out. They did everything they could do to qualify for sectionals or add points for the team.”

The Glasgow girls picked up a pair of victories in the distance running events. Caitlin Yung won her first individual district title in the 1,600-meters with a time of 5:53.60. Later in the day, Abby Draffen — an All-State medalist in cross country last fall — won the girls’ 3,200-meters with a time of 13:26.86.

And, as they have for a majority of the season, Glasgow swept titles in boys the boys’ and girls’ pole vault. Landon Brand matched his season-best height of 11’-6” to win, while Alyson Fuemmeler cleared a winning height of 8’-0”.

With a total of 23 boys and girls qualifying for sectionals, Thompson said it’s hard to single out one performance from Saturday’s meet. Glasgow will have close to two-thirds of its boys’ and girls’ teams combined move past districts in track this season. Of those 23 athletes, 16 qualified for sectionals in multiple events.

“Coach (Stacey) Kottman and I are so proud of the Glasgow boys and girls’ track team,” Thompson said. “We stressed ‘team’ all year and it was visible on both the boys’ and girls’ team.”

In addition to Mathews, other Glasgow athletes qualifying for sectionals in four events include Brand, Blake Hackman, Anthony Weydert, Kramm and Erin Reynolds. Kramm and Reynolds are moving on to sectionals in the same four events: the 400-meters, the 4×200-meter relay, the 4×400-meter relay and the 4×800-meter relay.

The New Franklin girls posted one event victory at Saturday’s district meet, but it came in their strongest event: the 4×100-meter relay. The team of Madison Maupin, Nicole Sandner, Saundra Perkins and Sara Montgomery finished first with a time of 55.19 seconds.

“Despite a shaky hand-off and a near disqualification for an exchange zone violation, our anchor, Sara Montgomery, ran a wonderful leg and chased down another competitor to finish first,” New Franklin head coach Adam Quest said.

Heading into districts, Quest said his main goal was for all four girls’ relays to advance past districts. A year ago, both the 4×100- and 4×800-meter relay teams advanced to state, and along with the other two relays, they’re now one meet away from heading back to Jefferson City.

New Franklin broke the school record in the girls’ 4×400-meter relay Saturday. Montgomery, Madi Lyons, Molly Lyons and Maupin finished the race in third place with a time of 4:26.04.

“Honestly, I don’t think they cared a whole lot where they placed,” Quest said. “They just wanted that school record. I have a feeling that this won’t be the last time this record is broken this year.”

A total of eight Lady Bulldogs will qualify for sectionals, and all but one are advancing in multiple events. Madi Lyons, Maupin and Montgomery qualified the maximum number of four events as well.

As for individual events, Montgomery heads to sectionals in the 200-meters and Maupin goes on in the 100-meters. Madi Lyons has both the high jump and the 800-meters, in addition to her two relays events, for sectionals.

Although the New Franklin boys advance just two athletes to sectionals, they won twice as many events as the girls did at districts.

Kenneth Boggs was victorious in the discus with a winning throw of 113’-11”. Meanwhile, Jacob Hendrix also won the long jump with a leap of 19’-9.25”. He also qualified for sectionals in the high jump and the 100-meters.

Quest said Hendrix was sitting in seventh or eighth place heading into his final jump, before leap-frogging the competition with his final jump, which is a new personal-best for the New Franklin sophomore.

“The kids have all worked very hard all year to get to this point, and it was nice to see all of their hard work pay off,” Quest said. “I think most of our athletes fell like they had a successful meet.”

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