Marceline and Brookfield travelled to Unionville for the Class 2 District 7 track meet on Saturday morning, and both schools had considerable success throughout the day at the Midgets' facilities. A high sky and temperatures flirting with 80 degrees allowed many of the Tigers and Bulldogs to push for personal-best performances.
The Marceline girls continued to hear their names spoken over the PA quite often, winning the district with 173.5 points and advancing athletes to the sectional meet in 17 of 19 events. With the exception of the shot put and pole vault, the Tiger girls will be represented in every event next Saturday in Lathrop. Runner-up Putnam County was 64.5 points back.
The Brookfield girls finished third.
The Brookfield boys finished second in the 12-team field, and Marceline was right behind them. The Bulldogs were just five points separated from South Shelby's winning mark of 99, and Marceline finished with 87 to stave off Putnam County by five.
Athletes or relay teams that finished within the top four will advance to next weekend's sectional meet, and the rest of the field's season comes to a close.
On the girls' side, the Tigers dominated throughout. Skylynn Fields advanced to next weekend's meet in the 100-meter dash with a second place finish, and Marceline won every individual race up to the 1600 from there. Sophomore Abbey Kussman won both the 200 and 400 dashes and Jaylea Bixenman won the 800 with a personal-best time of 2:33 to go with a routine district title in the high jump.
Brookfield senior Leslie Dean will advance in the 1600-meter run with a personal record of 6:03.14, and Marceline's Maycee Edgar was just 13 hundredths of a second behind her to finish fourth. In the 3200, they flip-flopped, as Edgar finished third in 13:01 and Dean was fourth across the line 38 seconds later.
In the 100-meter high hurdles, Marceline's Renee Sinclair took the district title in 17.1 seconds, and Brookfield's Sydney Wilbeck finished second at 17.51. Sinclair was also second in the 300-meter hurdles, and she advances in both the long jump and triple jump to boot.
The Marceline girls advanced all four of their relay teams, winning the 4x200, 4x400, and 4x800. They finished second to Brookfield's team of Kate Ewing, Avery Thompson, Precious Starlin, and Wilbeck in the 4x100. Brookfield also finished second in the 4x200 and third in the 4x400 to advance to the next round of competition.
Marceline's Baylee Jobson will advance in both the discus and javelin toss after placing atop the pack in both events. The sophomore's discus hurl of 100 feet, five inches was a personal record, and her javelin flying 121 feet, 10 inches was a season high. Brookfield freshman Zoey Chrisman advances in the disc by finishing third, and Ewing landed seven feet behind Jobson in the javelin to finish second.
On the boys' side, no athlete in the individual sprints advanced to next weekend's sectional. Brookfield junior Tim Izard finished third in the 400 meters with a personal record of 53.46 seconds, and freshman teammate Tyler Polley finished second in the 800.
Marceline junior Logan Swanson advanced out of the district meet by finishing second in both the 1600 and 3200, notching a personal best mile time of 4:56.
Brookfield hurdler Gunner Martin's time of 18.01 seconds in the 110 earned him fourth, and Marceline hurdler Nick Cain ran a 42.84 in the 300 to finish third. Martin missed fourth place by four hundredths of a second in the 300.
Brookfield and Marceline will each advance two boys' relay teams. The Bulldogs' sprint relay lineup comprised of Brandon Collins, Tanner Wallace, Izard, and Khalil Walker finished second behind Putnam County in both the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. Marceline's 4x400 relay team of Dalton Duff, Desmond Harrison, Levi Terrell, and Cain was third, and the Tigers' 4x800 team -- identical aside from Swanson replacing Harrison -- won by 10 seconds with a time of 8:54.
Brookfield's Evan Fay won the discus with a throw of 135 feet, 10 inches to defeat Marceline runner-up Dustin Kelly by greater than three feet. Marceline senior Trevor Ganaway narrowly finished fourth in the shot put.
Brookfield sophomore Jeremy Williams advanced in the javelin with a chuck of 146 feet, six inches, but was defeated by Carrolton's Owen Dobbins by 40 feet.
Terrell's personal-record high jump of five feet, nine inches gave him a tie for the district title, and teammate Hayden Dorrell pole vaulted 10 feet, nine inches to finish third.
Brookfield's Tanner Wallace finished second with a vault of an even 12 feet.
Field events in Saturday's Class 2 Sectional 4 meet in Lathrop are slated to kick off at 9:30 a.m.