A wave of Marshfield blue and white crowded the finish line as sophomore Zach Mitchell took his final strides of the 3200M race. Finishing with a time of 9:56:11, Mitchell would not only secure 12th place at the Pitt State University Jock’s Nitch and Gorilla Relays on April 8, but would break a 32-year old Marshfield High school track record in the process.
“Zach broke a 32-year old record and that couldn't happen to a better kid. He has worked hard, wanting to do more and more this year to try to push himself,” shared MHS Track and Field Coach Roy Kaderly. “All of our athletes stood cheering for him as he finished the race. They all ran down to the field because they wanted to go congratulate him. Seeing that aspect of the team come together is big time for us.”
The previous record holder was set by Pat Bertoldie in 1990 with a time of 10:01.04. Mitchell PR’d in both the 1600M and 3200M, which would be one of many PR’s and individual successes of the day.
The McBride siblings made leaps and bounds in their field events. Senior Peyton McBride leaped to 2nd place in the Boy’s Triple Jump and 4th in Long Jump. Sophomore Abby McBride placed 5th in both the Girl’s Triple and Long Jump. Adding to the success, Freshman Brayden Hicks placed 8th in the Boy’s Triple Jump.
Sophomore Dayvion Harris would make a quick race of the 100M with a time of 11.29 earning 8th for the BlueJays. Junior Emma Dinkins would secure a 1st place win in the 100M with a time of 12:52 knocking tenths of a second off her previous time.
A number of BlueJays soared high in the Pole Vault competition. Junior Travis Greenfield battled hard for a 2nd place finish as well as Senior Chelsea Brown who also fought for a 4th place finish. Junior Bayley Simmons would soar into 5th place in the Girl’s High Jump and Sophomore Lauren Luebbert snagged a 5th place throw in Girl’s Javelin.
Relays for the Jays also found success in the jungle of Pitt State. The Girl’s 4x100M (Cassie Fishel, Macie Vestal, Abby McBride and Dinkins) would secure a 5th place finish with a time of 51:66. The Boy’s 4x100M, (Marcus Gritts, Peyton McBride, Cooper Kimrey and Harris), also secured a 5th place finish with a time of 44:11 giving the Blue Jays another new Marshfield High school record (beating the previous year’s record of 44:24).
Just shy of 40 schools were present at Pitt State, including schools from all over the Midwest. Both the BlueJays and Lady Jays represented in almost every event, a feature Kaderly was proud of.
“Most schools were bigger than us and we're one of the smaller schools that were attending. It's a very good measure for us on where we're at midway through the season,” shared Kaderly. “We're pretty close to filling an entire lineup and where we do have kids, they are talented. We've got a lot of younger kids that are looking for some of those open spots. They see a gap in our lineup and they want to go try something new…they see an opportunity to get on a bus and go to a varsity meet right now. So them wanting to find a way to compete is very encouraging.”
The BlueJays take on Camdenton on April 12, after the Marshfield Mail’s publication deadline. Follow the Jays into both Strafford and Ozark on April 19 at 4:00p.m..
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