District Championships Better Second Time Around
By David Sharp
Knox County’s girls and Brashear’s boys repeated as team champions of the Class 1, District 1 Track Meet at Kirksville. The May 3, 2008 competition saw 23 Knox County and Brashear athletes advance to the Class 1 Sectional meet at South Callaway scheduled for Saturday, May 10.
Five Knox County athletes and two Brashear Tigers qualified in four events. Suzanne Howerton came from lane eight and won the girls’ 400 meter dash district championship in 1:07 seconds. Howerton was part of the Lady Eagles district champion 4×400 meter relay team.
The KCHS freshman runner also made the Sectional field in the girls’ 800 meter run and the 4x800m relay. The top four finishers in each event qualified for the Sectional track meet. The top four Sectional placers will move on to the Class 1 and 2 MSHSAA Track Championships slated for May 16-17 at Jefferson City.
Amanda Woods was part of the Knox County district champion girls’ 4×100 and 4x400m relay team. Woods also made the 4x200m field and was third in the long jump.
Tessa Ramer was part of the KCHS girls’ 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 meter relay teams. Ramer also qualified in the girls’ 300m hurdles. Lorelei Schlueter won the girls’ 100 meter dash district gold medal. Schlueter also made the cut in the 200m dash and was part of the 4×100 and 4x200m relay teams.
Mitchell Pegg was part of the Knox County district champion boys’ 4x100m relay team. Mitchell Pegg also qualified in the boys’ 100, 200 meter dash events and the boys’ 4x200m relay.
Kale Watson won the boys’ 110m hurdles for Brashear. Kale Watson qualified in the boys’ 300m hurdles, the 4x100m relay team and the high jump.
David Anderson was part of the 4×100 and 4x400m relay team and qualified in the long jump.
The Edina Sentinel was provided team point totals and access to the final results during and after the district track meet. Finishing places, times and distances reported in this story are from reporters’ notes and should be considered unofficial.
Final boys’ standings saw Brashear on top with 111 points. Novinger was second at 106 points. Marion County was third at 67, North Shelby was fourth at 58, and Paris was fifth at 50 points.
Knox County placed sixth at 48 points. LaPlata was seventh at 43, Bevier was eighth at 30, Sturgeon was ninth at 28 and Higbee was tenth at 27 points. Remaining boys’ teams in order of finish were Atlanta, Madison, Cairo, Keytesville, Macon County and Bucklin.
Knox County repeated as girls’ district champions with 121 team points. Paris was second at 101, Marion County was third at 69, Keytesville was fourth at 58, and Novinger was fifth at 48.
Sixth place Cairo scored 44 girls team points. LaPlata was seventh at 43 points, North Shelby was eighth at 42, and Brashear finished ninth at 28 points. Bucklin was tenth at 27 points.
Sturgeon, placed 11th with 20 girls’ points. Atlanta scored 19 points and was 12th. Higbee, Bevier, Madison, and Macon County rounded out the final girls’ district point standings.
Four Knox County athletes won two district championships each. Suzanne Howerton, Amanda Woods, Tessa Ramer and Lorelei Schlueter.
Alena Koester was in the winning girls’ 4×100 relay race. Cody Pegg, Cameron Kirmse, Brady James, and Mitchell Pegg won gold medals in the boys’ 4×100 meter relay in 48.20 seconds.
“”It’s pretty exciting. It feels good to win it twice in two years,” said Knox County senior Alena Koester on her second district track title. Koester qualified in the girls’ high jump in a jump off with LaPlata freshman Emily Heissler. Koester was awarded third place clearing at 4’6” according to the Managers’ Report. She cleared at 4’8” to win the jump off.
“I’m glad it turned out the way it did,” said Alena Koester. “The team has worked really hard this year.” Koester was one of six local competitors qualifying in three events, the girls’ high jump and the sprint relays.
Katie Ausmus will represent Knox County in the girls’ 4x800m relay along with the 1600 and 3200 meter running events. Justin Hazen made the grade in the boy’s 4x800m relay along with the 1600 and 3200 meter running events.
Josiah Belzer qualified in the Tiger boys’ 4x800m relay, the 800 and 1600 meter runs. Brady James will run three times in the sectional round. James was part of the Eagles first place 4×100 meter relay team. James also was part of the KCHS boys’ 4x200m relay team and qualified in the 300m hurdles.
Cody Pegg ran the boys’ 4×100 and 4×200 meter relay races for Knox County. Cody Pegg also qualified in the boys’ 400m dash.
Four athletes qualified in two events each. Knox County sophomore Lorrie Peters will run in the 4×400 and 4×800 meter relay races at sectionals. Cameron Kirmse was part of the KC boys’ 4×100 and 4×200 meter relay events.
Jacob Owen qualified in the Brashear boy’s 4×400 and 4×800 meter relay races. Matt Thomas was part of the Tiger 4×100 meter relay team and made the 110 meter hurdle field.
Brady Bugh will represent Knox County as part of the girls’ 4x800m relay team. Brashear athletes Kiley Watson (4×800 relay). Christina Scudder made the discus field. Trae Treasure and Tony Raine were part of the Tiger 4x400m relay team and Ryan Ferdig returns to the sectionals in the Tiger 4×100 meter relay.
Knox County had 12 and Brashear qualified 11 athletes to sectionals according to unofficial count. Knox County won five district championship events and Brashear two.
Kale Watson was first in the boys’ 110m hurdles in 18.78 seconds. Justin Hazen took the 3200 meter run championship in a hotly contested four man race for the gold in 11:13.60 seconds.
Lorelei Schlueter won the girls’ 100m dash for Knox County in 13.61 seconds. Schlueter nipped a Keytesville runner at the tape helping win the girls’ 4x100m relay in 54.91 seconds. The Lady Eagles captured the 4×200 meter silver medals in 1:58.32 seconds.
Knox County won gold medals in the girls’ 4×400 meter relay in convincing style with a time of 4:37.80 seconds. Suzanne Howerton claimed the girls’ 400 meter gold medal in 67 seconds.
“We did a great job as a team,” said Knox County coach John Weaver. “We were 20 points ahead of our nearest competitor. We had a lot of kids contribute Mitchell Pegg had a great day. Amanda Woods, Lorelei Schlueter, Suzanne Howerton and Tessa Ramer are all going in four events.”
“The day didn’t start off too well weather wise, but everyone had to run in it,” said Weaver. The meet began in a frigid wind and light rain, but ended in much better conditions.
“We have worked hard all year and it’s paying off now,” said John Weaver. The top four finishers in each event qualified for Sectionals.
Brashear was third in the boys’ 4×800 meter relay in 9:33 seconds. Knox County won silver medals in the girls’ 4x800m relay in 11:27.50 seconds. Kale Watson won the high jump silver medal at 5’10”. Matt Thomas won the 110m hurdles bronze medal in 19.58 seconds.
Mitchell Pegg won the 100m dash bronze medal in 12.04 seconds. The Lady Eagles picked up 4x200m relay silver medals in 1:58.32 seconds. Knox County won the 4x200m relay boys’ bronze medals in 1:40.75 seconds.
Alena Koester won the girls’ high jump bronze medal at 4’6”. Katie Ausmus was second in the girl’s 1600 meters in 6:13.57 seconds. LaPlata runner Mike Eitel won the boys’ 1600m run and Justin Hazen was a solid second at 5:10.94 seconds. Josiah Belzer was fourth in the 1600 meters in 5:13.72 seconds.
Brashear won silver medals in the boys’ 4x100m relay race in 48.88 seconds. Amanda Woods traveled 13’9” winning the long jump bronze medal for Knox County.
David Anderson was second in the boys’ 400m dash for Brashear in 55.19 seconds. Cody Pegg won the boys’ 400m dash bronze medal in 56.48 seconds. Tessa Ramer earned the 300m hurdles bronze medal in 54.73 seconds. Brady James was fourth in the boys’ 300m hurdles in 48.57 seconds.
Kale Watson won the 300m hurdles silver medal in 48.07 seconds. Suzanne Howerton took third in the girls’ 800m run in 2:41.05 seconds. Josiah Belzer fought through a leg problem and finished fourth in the boys’ 800m run at 2:20.15 seconds.
Mitchell Pegg grabbed second place in the boys’ 200m dash at 25.07 seconds. Lorelei Schlueter won the girls’ 200m dash bronze medal in 29.13 seconds. Christina Scudder qualified for the discus for the fourth straight time at 83’ 1 ½”.
Katie Ausmus came very close to running down Marion County’s Morgan Spratt (13:31) for the girls’ 3200 meter gold medal, but took the district silver medal in 13:32 seconds. Brashear took the boys’ 4×400 meter relay bronze medals in 3:59.75 seconds.
Local teams had an unofficial seven counted fifth place finishes, one slot away from advancing. Jo Luthenauer was fifth in the 100 meter hurdles in a personal best 19.15 seconds. The Knox County senior ran her final high school race taking fifth in the girls’ 300m hurdles in 56.62 seconds.
Seniors Andrew Sharp, Colton Deem and Jordin Luthenauer completed their varsity track careers for Knox County. Brady James was fifth for Knox County in the boys’ 110m hurdles in 20.60 seconds.
Brashear seniors Hailee Kelsey, Jessi Hill and Jacob Shipman ran their final track meet in a Tiger uniform. Kelsey was eighth in the girls’ 100m dash in 14.41 seconds and sixth in the girls’ 200m dash in 30.42 seconds.
Ryan Ferdig finished fifth in the boys’ 100m dash in 12.37 seconds. The Tiger boys’ 4×200 meter relay team finished eighth. Jessi Hill finished sixth in the 1600m run in 6:46.06 seconds. Hill was fifth in the girls’ 3200m run in 14:58 seconds.
Lorrie Peters was fifth in the girls’ 400 meters in 1:16.53 seconds and was sixth in the 800 meter run in 2:53.49 seconds. Tony Raine ran the 400 meters for Brashear but did not qualify. Josiah Belzer was seventh in the boys’ 3200m run in 12:28.81 seconds. Joe Rice finished ninth for Knox County in the boys’ metric two mile.
Cameron Kirmse was sixth for Knox County in the boys’ long jump. Matt Thomas was sixth in the triple jump. Trae Treasure was seventh in the boys’ shot put and triple jump. Girls’ field event results were not available after this reporter completed interviews and pictures.
“We knew every little point was going to be important today,” said Brashear coach Sara Williams. “(Josiah) Belzer being hurt and running the two mile anyway got us two points. Even if someone didn’t qualify, they know they got us points and that they mattered.”
“This is our second district title. Justin Hazen changed his strategy in the 3200 today and it paid off. It was nice to get together with the guys and win the title again.”