Prep Girls Track

Without Schutte, QHS girls roll to Mark Twain/Becky Thatcher Relays title

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 28, 2017 12:01 am Updated: Apr. 28, 2017 11:20 pm

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The Quincy High School girls track and field team improved its finish in the team standings during the last two years at the Mark Twain/Becky Thatcher Relays.

The Blue Devils reached the top Friday night.

Quincy won three events and had 12 finishers in the top 3 to cruise to the meet championship at Porter Stadium with 135 points. Fort Zumwalt South was second with 71 points, while Hannibal was third with 66.

"It's just showing us our hard work and dedication," Quincy runner Sativa Anders said. "We're running our events to the fullest."

Quincy was without junior Maggie Schutte, who's nursing an injury suffered last week after falling over a hurdle. Schutte's absence meant losing nearly guaranteed points in both hurdles events and in the pole vault.

"We did that at Rushville when we didn't have our strongest competitor," Anders said. "But we still showed we can compete and win. That gave us the boost of confidence we needed."

The Blue Devils missed points in those events, but ground was made up in others.

In the 100-meter dash, Ali Rose and Raina Davis finished second and third, respectively. Rose added a third-place finish in the 200. Amanda Pays took third in the 400, and Katie Vogler was right behind her in fourth.

Lydia Kurfman won the 3,200 in 11 minutes, 14.95 seconds, and she was second in the 1,600 in 5:23.27. Charly Wollaston was third in the 3,200.

Quincy won the 4x100 in 52.16 seconds, and it was third in the 4x200.

Arriana Benjamin won the discus at 130 feet, 11 inches.

"You never really know what to expect at meets where there's 11 teams," Quincy coach Matt McClelland said. "It was a hard week, and I didn't know what to expect."

The Blue Devils come out of the meet gleaming with confidence for next week's Western Big Six Conference meet at United Township.

"Big meets like this gives us confidence," Davis said. "We were confident last year, but not like we are now."

Liberty's Katelyn Robbins broke her own school record in the 1,600, winning in 5:15.49. She broke the school record in the 800 in Thursday's meet at West Hancock.

"What I'm running now, I wasn't at this point last year," Robbins said. "That's kind of incredible. I'm feeling strong. I'm ecstatic about that."

The Eagles finished fourth with 59 points. Paige Knuffman won the long jump at 15-11.5.

Hannibal's Autumn Bigsby won the 400 in 1:03.90. The Lady Pirates won the 4x400 in 4:32.83. Palmyra's Sheyenne Anderson won the 100 hurdles in 17.07.

Pittsfield's Chandler Hayden won the shot put at 39-0.

Team Standings

Quincy High School 135, Fort Zumwalt South 71, Hannibal 66, Liberty 59, Kirksville 52, Palmyra 47, Rushville 44, Bowling Green 39, Pittsfield 27, Unity 18

Individual Results

100-meter dash--Alicia Burnett (FZS), 11.55

200-meter dash--Alicia Burnett (FZS), 23.85

400-meter dash--Autumn Bigsby (H), 1:03.90

800-meter run--Sofia Popp (FZS), 2:24.43

1600-meter run--Katelyn Robbins (L), 5:15.49

3200-meter run--Lydia Kurfman (Q), 11:14.95

100 hurdles--Sheyenne Anderson (PAL), 17.07

300 hurdles--Kailey Orwig (R), 50.41

4x100 relay--Quincy, 52.16

4x200 relay--Fort Zumwalt South, 1:46.94

4x400 relay--Hannibal, 4:23.83

4x800 relay--Bowling Green, 10:08.58

High jump--Jaylen Early (B), 5-0

Pole vault--Cassandra Jennings (K), 10-8

Long jump--Paige Knuffman (L), 15-11.5

Triple jump--Anna Moore (K), 32-6

Shot put--Chandler Hayden (PIT), 39-0

Discus--Arriana Benjamin (Q), 130-11