Prairie Home junior Clayton Pethan will compete for another day after placing fourth last weekend in the sectional track meet at Russellville.
Pethan, the district champion the week before also at Russellville with a leap of 39’-2”, finished fourth at sectionals with a jump of 39’-2”. He also took fifth in the 400 meter dash in a time of 53.83 seconds but missed qualifying for state in that event by one place finish.
Blake Petsel was the only sectional qualifier for Prairie Home and finished fifth in the 200-meter dash in a time of 23.66 seconds.
Prairie Home coach Marie Pope said Clayton discovered that he was pretty decent at triple jump this season, and after only a couple weeks of practicing the event will be moving on to state in Jefferson City. As for Petsel, Pope said Blake had a really strong finish to his senior season.
“Prairie Home is really proud of our boys success at sectionals, and even more excited for our small school to be represented at state,” Pope said.
In districts, Petsel took second in both the 100 and 200 meter dash in times of 11.69 seconds and 23.41 seconds, respectively.
Austin Small finished 14th in the 400 in 1:04.63 and 23rd in the javelin with a throw of 85’-3”. Gabe Turner, meanwhile, finished 21st in the javelin with a throw of 90’-1” and 17th in the discus with a toss of 89’-1”.
For the Prairie Home girls, Savanna Tracy finished sixth in the 1600 in 6:42.20 and 10th in the 100 meter hurdles in 21.32 seconds.
Kelsey Watson took seventh in the triple jump at 27’-0”, 10th in the 100 meter dash in 14.39 seconds and 13th in the discus at 75’-0”. Allison Simmons, meanwhile, finished 10th in the shot put at 26’-9”, 18th in the javelin at 55’-0” and 22nd in the discus at 58’-8”.
Pope said districts started out chilly, but finished up being a beautiful day for a track meet. “We had a lot of personal bests from our boys and girls, which makes a meet much more fun,” Pope said. “Blake and Clayton qualified in two events each to move on to sectionals.”