Those who stayed for Event 38 of Monday’s Marshfield Small School Track Meet at R.A. Barr Stadium were rewarded.
Marshfield’s boys 4x400-meter relay team took first place with a time of 3:38.26 –– over 15 seconds better than second-place New Covenant Academy –– but it was sophomore Bryant Bull’s opening leg that had athletes impressed around the track as the proceedings wrapped up.
Bull ran his part in roughly 51 seconds, a time that would have easily won the individual 400-meter dash event and one that also would be a top-five mark statewide.
The last time he had run the event was junior high. “This year, my expectation was just to go and run fast, as hard as I can,” said Bull, still trying to catch his breath minutes after its conclusion.
As far as advice from his dad and assistant coach Cody? “Don’t be slow,” Bryant said.
Monday was an opportunity for the sophomore to score a qualifying time for districts with Marshfield’s baseball team not in action on the same night. He made the most of it, also winning the boys triple jump event with a mark of 12.99 meters.
Those points helped Marshfield’s boys take first place overall with 173, followed by Strafford with 101.5 in second. Hartville came in third at 75 points, while Willard (54.5) and Conway (54) rounded out the top-five.
Other events won by the Jays included the 200-meter dash, taken by Dayvion Harris (23.97 seconds), the 110-meter hurdles (Ben Wirtel, 19 seconds), pole vault (Levi Fuller, 2.59m) and long jump (Travis Greenfield, 5.56m). Marshfield’s 4x200-meter relay team including Bobby Ray Pinion, Peyton Woolman, Tyler Young and Marcus Gritts also won first (1:41.09).
Conway junior Quentin Herrera won the 100-meter dash (11.78 seconds) –– he finished second in the 200 –– and he was part of the foursome also including Cooper Mullins, Kory McBride and Seth Foreman that won the 4x100-meter relay (49.11 seconds).
Strafford racked up a good chunk of points in individual field events.Senior Jaevon Stafford won the discus throw with a toss of 38 meters, and junior Teagan Lawler's javelin throw of 42.3 meters was also a winner.
The Lady Indians took home first with 124 points from 19 girls events. Marshfield came in second with 85 points, then Conway with 71, Willard with 70 and Crocker at 63 for the remainder of the top-five.
Senior Emma Reed was a winner for Strafford in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.65 seconds. Christa Duffel won the high jump with a mark of 1.43 meters, as well as shot put with a throw of 8.19 meters. In addition, Strafford's teams took second in all four relay events.
A younger Lady Jays team competed with some athletes being saved for a busy week ahead that includes events on back-to-back days Thursday and Friday, including a trip to the Pittsburgh State Invitational.
Senior Alliyah Joiner still competed to work on her steps in the long jump and triple jump, and won both with marks of 4.64 and 9.71 meters, respectively.
Marshfield went 1-2-3 in the pole vault, led by Reagan Stevens (2.43 meters), followed by Macie James and Raina Barth.
For Conway, Emily Lewis took first in javelin (31.4m), and the quartet of Graceson and Jamison Cromer, Reese Atkison and Brooke Dill beat out the competition in the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 11:51.17.
Fordland sophomore Kayce Collins beat out several others to win the 3,200-meter run with a time of 15:11.44.