Friday and Saturday's Class 1 and 2 state track meet in Jefferson City marked the end of athletics in the Linn County area for the 2017-2018 school year, and the Marceline girls finished an impressive season by finishing strong and placing sixth.
Marceline's 29 points was one better than the Tigers' score last year, when they finished eighth. For the second consecutive year, the Marceline girls' 4x400 relay team is a state champion with a time of 4:12.59, nearly a second ahead of Cole Camp. Abbey Kussman, Makenzie Stahl, Heather Darling, and Jaylea Bixenman will all be eligible to return next season.
Kussman finished fourth in the open 400, and Jaylea Bixenman placed third in the high jump in the miserable, wet Saturday conditions. Bixenman's five foot, three inch jump was just an inch behind the champion, and her school-record jump of 5'6" earlier in the season would have won her the title handily.
"I love the high jump, and I know I'm capable of hitting 5'4", but the 4x4 is our race," Bixenman said after stepping down from the highest step on the podium with her teammates. "It's our coach's favorite race, and it was our dream to win it for him. We didn't get any sleep. Everyone knew we could get first, and that's a lot to live up to. It's worth it."
Marceline's 4x200 team also reached the podium, finishing fourth. Sophomore Baylee Jobson was the only other Tiger girl to medal, finishing seventh in the javelin and eighth in the discus, just sneaking onto the podium with a personal best throw of 106 feet, seven inches.
"I was very satisfied with how everything turned out," Marceline coach Derrick Becker said. "Our girls' work ethic was impressive, and I was very happy to see that. We knew that we could finish fairly high, but things would have to go exactly right. We had a lot of high-place finishes, and overall the girls did a great job. I'm very happy with a sixth-place finish."
The Marceline boys had five medalists, earning seven points and tying for 28th place overall. Hayden Dorrell's pole vault mark of 12 feet, nine inches was good for eighth place at the Class 2 level, and he was the only Tiger to medal in the field.
Logan Swanson, Dalton Duff, Levi Terrell, and Nick Cain finished eighth in the 4x800 relay with a time of 8:31.75. Swanson grinded out a fifth place finish in the 3200-meter run with a personal best time of 10:25, and Cain's 42.54 in the 300-meter hurdles final earned him seventh.
Brookfield had three throwers medal across both sexes. Jeremy Williams and Kate Ewing, sophomores, both finished fifth in the javelin. Williams' best mark was 150 feet, two inches, and Ewing's was 117 feet, four inches. Evan Fay made the medal cut by finishing eighth in the shot put at 131 feet, 10 inches. Tim Izard did not advance out of the prelims in the 400-meter dash, and Leslie Dean finished 12th in the 3200-meter run.
Meadville's Dillon Seckington left Jefferson City with three state medals. The Eagles' 4x800 team of Jace Jacobs, Parker Burton, Tanner Berry, and Seckington placed sixth in Class 1 in 8:37. Seckington finished fourth in the 800-meter run in 2:02 after leading the way with a blistering first lap. His 4:37 1600 also earned him fourth.
Linn County's Caleb Schreiner earned a pair of medals. He finished eighth in the 200 finals, and fourth in the 400 with a time of 51.96.