The Hollister High School girls’ track and field team isn’t big on numbers.
But you can’t argue with the quality.
The Lady Tigers have 12 girls on the team this season, and eight of them advanced to the Class 3 state meet with big performances at the sectional competition on Saturday in Waynesville.
Leading the way was freshman Emily Young, who set a pair of state records and qualified for three events at the big meet on Friday and Saturday in Jefferson City.
Young finished third in the 400 meters, with her time of 1:02.17 breaking a school record that had stood for 13 years. Her third-place finish in the triple jump came with a distance of 36 feet, 3.50 seconds, topping a 6-year-old school record.
Young also ran the anchor leg of the 4x200 relay, teaming with Kyla McClintic, Julian Narvaez and Taylor Sellers, with a fourth-place time of 1:51.93.
Hollister’s 4x800 relay team of Kylee Winkert, McClintic, Alexia Hackman and Craigon Bradley finished fourth, in 10:35.42, and Bradley was third in the 1,600 meters (5:59.15).
The top four finishers in each event at the sectionals advance to state, which made the finish in the 300 hurdles even more dramatic.
Hollister’s Taylor Sellers qualified for state in the event for the second consecutive year, taking third at sectionals with a time of 48.77 seconds. That was .01 seconds ahead of fourth and .03 seconds ahead of fifth.
The Reeds Spring girls’ team won three sectional titles and placed fourth in the team standings at the sectional competition.
The Lady Wolves dominated in the sprint relays, winning both the 4x100 and 4x200 events.
The foursome of Paige Rantz, Izzy Erickson, Ashley Nolan and Shelby Strailey won the 4x100 in 50.29 seconds, and the order in the 4x200 was Strailey, Erickson, Rantz and Nolan, with a final time of 1:47.99.
Erickson won the sectional title in the 300 hurdles, with her time of 47.60 more than a full second ahead of the runner-up finisher, and she made it 4-for-4 by advancing in the 200 meters by taking fourth place, in 27.00 seconds.
Strailey was second in the 200 meters, posting a time of 26.43 seconds.
Reeds Spring’s other qualifier came in the pole vault, where Rantz will compete at state for the second consecutive year, clearing 11 feet to take second at sectionals.
SHOOK LEADS BOYS’ QUALIFIERS
Hollister senior Cam Shook won the 800-meter sectional title and will be in action in two events at the state meet.
Shook finished the 800 in 2:05.85, then took third in the 1,600, with a time of 4:57.97.
Freshman teammate Tristan Parker won the long jump, with his best jump of 20 feet, 2.75 inches easily topping runner-up Konner Ousley of Salem, who posted a jump of 20 feet.
For Reeds Spring, Sean Gross finished third and qualified for state in the 800 meters, posting a time of 2:06.87.