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Blue Jays raising the standard 

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In one weeks time, the Marshfield High School (MHS) Track and Field team competed in three meets all across the Ozarks, proving their dedication and commitment to the sport. 

The teams soared south to Ozark on April 19 to compete against the neighboring cities of Branson, Camdenton, Nixa, Ozark and Republic. Many PR’s graced the MHS athletes, along with a hoard of top finishes.

Ozark Top Finishes

1st place: Girls- 4x100M, Boys-4x100M, Cassie Fishel-200M, Travis Greenfield-Pole Vault, Peyton McBride-Triple Jump, Jeremy Graham-Discus and Dayvion Harris-200M.

2nd place: Chelsey Brown-Pole Vault, Adyson Clark-Shot Put, Peyton McBride-Long Jump, Brayden Hicks- Triple Jump, Cooper Kimrey-100M, Zach Mithcell-1600M & 3200 and Boys-4x200M.

3rd place: Bayley Simmons-High Jump, Abby McBride-Triple Jump, Jeremy Graham-Shot Put, Dayvion Harris-100M and Cooper Kimrey-200M.

4th place: Adyson Clark-Discus and Girls 4x400M.

5th place: Abby McBride-Long Jump, Ruby Joiner-200M, Maguire Wilson-Javelin and Girls 4x200M.

6th place: Zach Mitchell-800M and Brady Jennings-200M.

7th place: Bradley Pruitt-Pole Vault

8th place: Ruby Joiner-100M and Lauren Luebbert-Javelin. 

 On April 21, the Blue Jays left the nest again to compete at the Jason Pyrah Invitational in Willard facing off against 23 other schools. The Jays would be in for a long night with rain delays, however, they  would not go home empty handed. 

Junior Bayley Simmons kicked off a series of personal bests for the Jays by tying the 1988 MHS record with her High Jump of 5’3’’. Sophomore Zach Mitchell bested his own school record in the 3200M with a time of 9:55.83 and the Boys 4x100M trounced their previously achieved school record run with a time of 43.88. The momentum did not stop there as top finishes continued throughout the evening.

Jason Pyrah Invitational Top Finishes:

1st place: Travis Greenfield-Pole Vault, Bayley Simmons-High Jump, Adyson Clark-Shot Put, Emma Dinkins-100M & 200M, Dayvion Harris-200M and Boys-4x100M & 4x200M. 

2nd place: Cooper Kimrey-200M and Chelsey Brown-Pole Vault.

3rd place: Brayden Hicks-Triple Jump, Gracie Kimrey-Triple Jump, Cooper Kimrey-100M, Zach Mitchell-3200M and Girls 4x100M & 4x200M. 

4th place: Peyton McBride-200M and Boys 4x400M.

5th place: Adyson Clark-Discus and Gracie Kimrey-High Jump.

6th place: Brayden Hicks-Long Jump

7th place: Dayvion Harris 100M

8th place: Abby Winegard-PoleVault

The Blue Jays found themselves at another meet; the Southwest Baptist University (SBU) High School Invitational (Class 4-5) on April 25. SBU produced healthy competition for the Jays, resulting in both PR’s and room for improvement. 

“Today has been a lot of ups and downs…just an off day for some athletes and some of them needed it. I think just to understand that not every meet is going to be your best meet. We've had a lot of success so far this year and we haven't experienced much disappointment. So experiencing that sometimes is part of growth,” explained Head Track and Field Coach Roy Kaderly.  “With districts, sectional and state on the horizon, getting these days out the way and using them as motivation for the next two weeks to come.”

However, three more school records would be shattered before the end of the day. Senior Peyton McBride, ranked No. 1 in Triple Jump in Class 4, set the record once again for the MHS Boys Triple Jump with a jump of 14.51M. For the third time this season, the Boys 4x100M bested their own record with a time of 43.66. The cherry on top for the Blue Jays was Senior Cooper Kimrey’s performance in the 200M dash. Kimrey broke the 32-year old MHS 200M record with a stunning time of 22.89.

“Cooper Kimrey broke the 200 meter dash record, which was set back in 1990,” praised Kaderly. “Cooper’s really coming along and deserves every bit of it. He has been working his tail off everyday and putting in the extra work to make himself better. I am really, really excited and happy for Cooper.”

SBU Top Finishes:

1st place: Peyton McBride-Triple Jump

2nd place: Abby McBride-Triple Jump & Long Jump, Travis Greenfield-Pole Vault and Boys 4x100M & 4x200M.

3rd place: Cooper Kimrey-200M, Bayley Simmons-High Jump and Girls 4x100M.

4th place: Chelsey Brown-Pole Vault and Peyton McBride-Long Jump.

5th place: Emma Dinkins-100M & 200M.

6th place: Zach Mitchell-3200M and Cooper Kimrey 100M.

7th place: Girls 4x200M

8th place: Brayden Hicks-  Triple Jump, Adyson Clark-Shot Put and Lauren Luebbert- Javelin. 

 

The Blue Jays fly to Monett on May 2 to compete in the Big 8 Conference Championship. 

 

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