The LSE boys and girls track teams made its presence felt Tuesday while competing in its first ever Tri-County Conference Track Meet in Eldon.
While garnering four first place finishes in both the seventh and eighth grade divisions, LSE also had two fourth place finishes out of a pool of eight teams.
LSE coach Morgan Sprigg said it was a tough meet with the teams that they have in the conference. “All teams in our conference are pretty competitive and it showed on the track,” Sprigg said. “I thought all of our teams showed up ready to compete. It was a seventh and eighth grade meet, so it gave our athletes a chance to compete at their grade level. I thought our relay teams took charged and worked really hard to get their medals. I was proud of our teams and the way that they competed. With a pretty tough conference I thought we did well. I am sad, however, to see our eighth graders leave but I am excited to see what our seventh graders bring to the track next season.”
Eldon captured first in three out of the four divisions and finished second in the boys eighth grade age group.
In the girls seventh grade division, the Lady Mustangs accumulated 150.5 points to win the title while Osage finished second with 105 points, followed by Hallsville with 98, Southern Boone 68.5, Blair Oaks 55.5, Versailles 46.5, Boonville seventh with 39 and California 5.
In the girls eighth grade division, Eldon took first with 147 points while Osage placed second with 109, Blair Oaks third with 97, Hallsville fourth with 69, Southern Boone fifth with 57, Boonville sixth with 38, Versailles seventh with 36 and California eighth with 18.
In the boys seventh grade division, Eldon captured first with 175.5 points. Southern Boone finished second with 133, followed by Blair Oaks 75.5, Boonville fourth with 69, Hallsville fifth with 37.5, Osage sixth with 36, Versailles seventh with 26.5 and California eighth with 25.
As for the boys eighth grade division, Osage finished first with 146 points. Eldon placed second with 127.5 points, followed by Southern Boone at 93.5, Boonville fourth at 71.5, California fifth at 45, Versailles sixth at 44, Hallsville seventh at 40 and Blair Oaks eighth at 12.
The LSE boys seventh grade track team had two of the four first place finishes, with Xavier Flippin winning the 100 meter hurdles in 17.86 seconds. Flippin also ran a leg on the 4 x 200-meter relay team along with Rhodes Leonard, Will Stock and Eli Stock, which finished first in 1:50.65.
The LSE girls seventh grade 4 x 200 meter relay team of Audrionnah Donahue, Kylee Turner, Halie Maddex and Addy Nichols also took first in a time of 2:03.97. As for the LSE boys eighth grade track team, Genesis Bethea won the high jump with a leap of 5’-4”.
Only the top three finishers in each event received medals.
Second place finishers for LSE were: (7th grade boys) 4 x 100-meter relay team-Xavier Flippin, Rhodes Leonard, Will Stock, Eli Stock, :54.09; (7th grade girls) 4 x 400 meter relay team-Audrionnah Donahue, Kylee Turner, Halie Maddex, Addie Nichols, 4:52.31; (8th boys) Owen Armentrout, triple jump, 34’-7”; 4 x 200-meter relay team-Colby Caton, Owen Armentrout, Genesis Bethea, Caleb Martin, 1:45.15; (8th girls) Alyssa Gross, discus, 70’-10 1/2”.
Third place finishers were: (7th boys) 4 x 400-meter relay team-Xavier Flippin, Drake Cotrell, Eli Stock, Ryan Jones, 4:31.78; (7th girls) 4 x 100-meter relay team-Audrionnah Donahue, Kylee Turner, Halie Maddex, Addy Nichols, :58.39; (8th boys) Connor Acton, 100 meter hurdles, :17.65; Colby Caton, 200 meter dash, :25.34.
Fourth place finishers were: (7th boys) Rhodes Leonard, 100 meter dash, :13.34; 200-meter dash, :26.91; Will Stock, 100 meter dash, :13.34; (8th boys) Genesis Bethea, triple jump, 33’-0”; (8th girls) Emily Gibson, 1600, 6:29.75.
Fifth place finishers were: (7th boys) Ryan Jones, triple jump, 28’-9”; Drake Cotrell, shot put, 27’-4”; (8th boys) Colby Caton, 100-meter dash, :12.51; (8th girls) Madison Smith, triple jump, 29’-1”; Payten Black, discus, 61’-7”; 4 x 200 meter relay team-Genae Hodge, Abby Fuemmeler, Zoey Lang, Madison Smith, 2:09.69.