After an impressive season marred by rain and generally foul conditions earlier on, the Marceline girls' track and field team has gotten within striking distance of making real noise in the state meet.
Last year's eighth-place finisher at the Class 2 level will be represented in 11 of the 19 total events at the state meet in Jefferson City this weekend. The Tiger girls finished first on Saturday in the Class 2 Sectional 4 meet in Lathrop, ahead of the host by a healthy 18.5 points.
The Marceline boys finished third and will be represented in six events.
The Brookfield girls finished 11th at the sectional meet, and will advance two athletes to the championships next weekend. The Bulldog boys finished seventh to advance three.
The Linn County area will be well represented in the field events. Marceline junior high jumper needed to clear the 5 foot, one inch mark to take the top spot. She also finished fourth in a tightly-contested open 800 field to advance to the state meet. Her teammates Baylee Jobson and Dustin Kelly advanced out of their respective discus events with finishes of second and third. Hayden Dorrell finished second in the sectional in the pole vault.
Jobson also finished second in the javelin throw.
The majority of Brookfield's success came in the field. Evan Fay advanced to the state meet in the discus with a throw of 138 feet, four inches. Brookfield advanced a sophomore javelin thrower of both sexes, as Kate Ewing's 123 foot, 11 inch throw earned her first place. Jeremy Williams finished third in the event at 148 feet, eight inches.
Brookfield's only two other state qualifiers were Tim Izard in the 400-meter dash and Leslie Dean in the 3200-meter run. Izard finished second and Dean fourth.
The Brookfield boys' 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams both missed the top-four cut by less than three-tenths of a second.
All four of Marceline's girls' relay teams will be advancing to the state meet, and they will be joined by the boys' 4x800 team after a second-place finish with Logan Swanson, Dalton Duff, Levi Terrell, and Nick Cain. Cain also advanced in the 300-meter hurdles with a second place finish. Swanson will represent the Tigers next weekend in the 1600-meter run with a fourth-place finish at 4:55, just two seconds back from the winner. He also qualified in the 3200 with a second-place finish.
Tiger junior Renee Sinclair finished the 100-meter hurdles in 17.28 seconds to finish third and carry on. Abbey Kussman won the open 400 by just under two seconds, although she failed to advance out of a stacked field in the 200-meter dash, an event that she has regularly dominated throughout the season.
Maycee Edgar will represent the Tigers this weekend in the 3200-meter run after a third-place finish behind the two South Shelby girls who bested her in the district meet.