Hudson named All-State athlete, Higbee’s first

Jason Hudson

BY MIKE URSERY
SPORTS EDITOR
Jason Hudson finished in eighth place in the boys javelin at the MSHSAA Class1 and Class 2 State Track and Field Championships on May 19, making him the first All-State athlete in Higbee track nad field program history.
Hudson’s best distance (150-2) set a new school record, and was enough to get him into the javelin finals. His best throw in the finals was 124-04, making 150-02 his best throw on the day.
“It feels great,” Hudson about becoming an All-State athlete. “I really wanted to make our coach, John Bishop, have a good last year. I wanted the school PR, and I got it today. It feels pretty good.
Bishop announced last month that he would leave Higbee after the conclusion of the 2017-2018 academic year. He accepted a job to become the head boys basketball coach at Fayette. His hiring became official on May 16.
Hudson was one of six athletes to go to the MSHSAA Class 1 and Class 2 State Track and Field Championships, held May 18-19 at Adkins Stadium in Jefferson City.
John Schell finished 13th (121-01) in the boys discus. The Higbee girls 4×200 team – juniors Grace Westfall and Alexis Whisenand, and sophomores Devin Clark and Lexi Boyd – finished 14th (1:58.26) in the preliminaries on May 18.

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