Smith-Cotton opened its track and field campaign with the S-C Quad Friday at Tiger Stadium in Sedalia, hosting Hermitage, Smithton, Versailles, Otterville and Windsor.
Looking to shake off the rust on its first meet of the season, Friday greeted the Tigers and Lady Tigers with mild temperatures and a cool breeze, a welcome backdrop for many athletes in their first season of track.
Brad Hagedorn, head track and field coach at Smith-Cotton, said the team grew in numbers thanks to cross-sport recruitment.
“I bet we have 20 to 25 percent new athletes,” Hagedorn said. “Coach (Charlie) McFail has been really helpful in encouraging the football players to come out.”
Smith-Cotton boys gathered 97 points and the Lady Tigers totaled 93.5, outscoring runner-up Versailles after respective 19-event results.
Throughout the team’s first meet of the season, Hagedorn said he offered advice on the basics to his athletes.
“We’ve got a lot of new kids, so, block alignment, block angles, relay alignment, that kind of stuff,” Hagedorn said. “We’ve practiced it, but it doesn’t settle in real quick, so we’ve been reviewing that. It’s the first meet.”
Estrellita Quetzecua, Aly Evans, Yoana Nandho and Natasha White captured the 4×800 meter relay for Smith-Cotton in a time of 12 minutes 13.08 seconds. Quetzecua also won the 300-meter hurdles in 52.87 seconds.
Carlton Fowler won the boy’s 110-meter hurdles in 17.10 seconds for Windsor.
In the 100-meter dash, Nia Hawkins beat a trio of Versailles Lady Tigers to the finish in 12.99 seconds. Tyshawn Ward and Zach Powell finished first and second, respectively in the boy’s event. Ward won in 11.06 seconds.
Hawkins also won the girl’s long jump with a mark of 16 feet-3 1/2 inches.
Smithton claimed the girl’s long jump, thanks to Jaelin Chernioglo’s mark of 12-3. Drew Apsher won the boy’s triple jump for Smithton with a jump of 39-9.
Monique Grant won the girl’s triple jump for S-C with a mark of 35.10, and was first in the 200-meter dash in a time of 25.91. Saige Peterson was runner-up for the Lady Tigers, finishing in 27.94.
Smith-Cotton swept the 4×200 meter relays. Lauren Caldwell, Kyla Ridenour, Danielle Read and Sierra Koetting won the girl’s event in 2:03.88, while Cameron Finely, Elijah Choate, Douglas Tatman and Ward finished in 1:39.42 in the boy’s race.
Finley finished first in the boy’s 300-meter hurdles with a time of 46.67.
Erin Laramee won the girl’s 1,600 meter run for S-C in 6:16.89. Otterville’s Grace Draffen and Smithton’s Katlynne Dedrick finished runner-up and third, respectively.
Two teams did not finish the 4×100 relay on the boy’s side, and Smith-Cotton’s team of Brennan Akeson, Choate, Ward and Powell prevailed in a time of 45.27 seconds.
Dmytro Matsko won the 400-meter dash in 53.47 seconds.
Smith-Cotton finished first, second and third in the boy’s 800-meter run, with Alex Beard winning the event in 2:09.01. Nathan White and Tristan Perkins followed.
With a time of 13:43.82, Grace Edgar won the girl’s 3,200-meter run for Smith-Cotton. Sydney Hoxworth. of Versailles, was runner-up and Sarah White. of Smithton. placed third.
Jorey Luebbert, Miriam Allen, Jinelle Caliston and Peterson won the girl’s 4×400 relay against Windsor’s team with a 4:40.29 finish. On the boy’s side, Matsko, Alex Beard, Isaiah Robinson and Brinton Beard secured the S-C sweep of the event in a time of 3:40.49.
In the field events, Nate McFail won the boy’s pole vault with a mark of 12 feet-6 inches.
Ashley Gritzinger won shot put with a throw of 31-9 1/2. Bryce Rowles won the event with a throw of 41 feet, and was first-place in discus with a mark of 107-4.
Smith-Cotton’s Mikayla Gear won shot put with a mark of 107-5, a personal best.
Chris Scheiner cleared 5 feet 10 inches in the high jump to claim another event for Smith-Cotton.
Smith-Cotton track and field competes indoors 1 p.m. Monday at the Multipurpose Building in Warrensburg for the Indoor High School Mule Relays.
Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2