The Reeds Spring High School girls’ track and field team made the most of its opportunities at Saturday’s Class 3 District 6 meet at Hollister, winning four events and qualifying in six events for the sectional meet.
Senior Shelby Strailey had a hand in all four district titles, winning the 200 and 400 meters, and running legs on the winning 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
Strailey finished the 200 in 26.97 seconds, just ahead of runner-up teammate Izzy Erickson (27.26).
Strailey’s time of 1:02.18 was enough to claim gold.
The Lady Wolves’ 4x100 relay team included Paige Rantz, Erickson, Ashley Nolan and Strailey, finishing in 50.66 seconds, and the 4x200 foursome of Strailey, Erickson, Rantz and Nolan turned in a time of 1:49.20.
Erickson joined Strailey as sectional qualifiers in four events, adding a second-place finish in the 300 hurdles (48.77) to the 200 and two relays.
The top four finishers in each event in the district meet advance to Saturday’s sectional meet in Waynesville.
The top four in each event at the sectional meet move on to the state competition, May 24-25 in Jefferson City.
Nolan will run in both relays at sectionals, and she also qualified in the 100 meters, thanks to a third-place district showing (13.34 seconds).
The Reeds Spring boys showed off their depth on Saturday, qualifying for the sectionals in nine events – including all four relays.
The Wolves finished fourth in the team standings at the meet, led by second-place finishes from Nicholas Huston in the 400 (52.88), Sean Gross in the 800 (2:04.39) and Rances Dowdy in the 110 hurdles (16.67).
Dowdy also took fourth in the 300 hurdles (44.73), with Troy Froeschle (23.92) and Matt Allison (24.46) finishing three-four in the 200 meters.
In the relays, the foursome of Huston, Allison, Froeschle and Dominic Noriega took third in the 4x100, with a time of 45.44 seconds.
Fourth-place finishes came from Allison, Froeschle, Huston and Noriega in the 4x200 (1:34.99), Gross, Huston, Dylan Kelley and Daniel Scorr in the 4x400 (3:38.87) and Phillip Uhrig, Noriega, Andrew Snyder and Kelley in the 4x800 (8:52.30).
HOLLISTER GIRLS FINISH FOURTH
The Hollister girls’ team qualified for sectionals in seven events, led by Emily Young and Craigon Bradley moving on in three events each.
Young won the triple jump (35 feet, 4.25 inches) and was third in both the 400 (1:03.48) and long jump (16-5.5).
Bradley was second in both the 800 (2:34.08) and 1,600 (5:54.82), and she ran a leg on the first-place 4x800 relay team, that finished in a time of 10:32.17.
The other members of that relay were Kylee Winkert, Kyla McClintic and Alexia Hackman.
Hackman finished fourth in the 800 (2:35.87), and Winkert was third in the 1,600 (6:02.29).
Taylor Sellers also qualified for sectionals in the 300 hurdles, finishing third in a time of 50.42 seconds.
The Hollister boys finished seventh in the team standings, and will be active in three events at the sectional competition.
Senior Cam Shook qualified in two events, winning the 800 meters (2:03.76) and finishing second in the 1,600 (4:44.75).
In the long jump, Hollister had Matthew Hightree finish second (20 feet) and Tristan Parker take third (19-8.75).