Two titles down, one big one to chase for the Blue Eye High School girls’ track and field team.
The Lady Bulldogs added the team championship at the Class 1 Sectional 2 meet on Saturday to the one they claimed at the District 3 competition a week earlier.
Now Blue Eye will have plenty of ammunition as it hunts for a state championship this weekend in Jefferson City.
The Lady Bulldogs qualified for state in nine of the 12 running events, including decisive victories in all four relays, and claimed six individual sectional titles in all in the competition at Carl Junction High School.
When the team standings all shook out, Blue Eye finished with 112 team points, easily outdistancing second-place Springfield Greenwood (66).
Blue Eye figures to be one of the teams to watch on the girls’ side at the state meet, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Adkins Stadium on the campus of Jefferson City High School.
The best indicator of Blue Eye’s dominance at the sectional meet – where the top four finishers in each event gets a spot at the state meet – came in the relays.
The Lady Bulldogs swept the four relays, with each of the victories coming in convincing fashion.
In the 4x100, the foursome of Kyla Warren, Maddie Box, Kohnnar Patton and Kenzie Hobbs turned in a time of 52.77 seconds, finishing 1.11 seconds ahead of the runner-up team.
Box, Hobbs, Patton and Warren made up the winning 4x200 team, with a time of 1:52.49, which was 2.51 seconds ahead of second place.
Taylor Arnold, Avery Arnold, Hobbs and Box won the 4x400 in 4:31.70, a full 7.61 seconds ahead of the runner-ups.
Taylor Arnold, Avery Arnold, Riley Arnold and Braylynn Siercks claimed the 4x800 title with a time of 10:18.21. That was 4.61 seconds better than second place.
The times for the 4x100 and 4x200 relays were personal-best performances.
Beyond the relays, Blue Eye was led again by strong performances in the distance events.
Freshman Riley Arnold won both the 1,600 (5:33.87) and 3,200 (11:56.9), and she was followed by runner-up finishes by teammates Avery Arnold (1,600, 5:40.0) and Siercks (3,200, 12:45.0).
In the 800 meters, Avery Arnold was second (2:33.30) and Taylor Arnold finished third (2:35.32).
Other state qualifiers for Blue Eye came from Warren in the 200 meters (third, 26.64) and Hobbs in the 400 (third, 1:03.02).
The Blue Eye boys will have two individuals competing at state, after Chris Lemp finished third at sectionals in the 1,600 meters (4:38.49) and Ryan Cardenzana was third in the 3,200 meters (10:32.06).
S OF O BOYS CLAIM SECTIONAL TITLE
The School of the Ozarks boys’ track and field team cruised to the sectional team title, with Titus Thompson, Jacob Carswell and Gideon Martin all punching their tickets to state in the maximum four events possible.
Thompson, only a freshman, was second in the 800 (2:03.29), 1,600 (4:37.95) and 3,200 (10:25.49), and he was part of the 4x400 relay team that won in a time of 3:44.64.
Martin, a sophomore, was second in the long jump (19 feet, 6.5 inches) and triple jump (39-3.75) and ran legs on the 4x200 relay (second, 1:38.03) and 4x100 relay.
Carswell, a senior, was fourth in the triple jump (37-8.25), second in the 400 meters (53.0), ran the anchor leg of the 4x200 relay and led off the 4x400 relay.
The other members of the 4x200 relay were Nathan Lingner and Jakob Ellett, with Nickolas Anderson the other part of the 4x400 relay.
The Patriots finished with 92.5 points, winning easily over second-place Vienna (69).
Junior Victoria Smith will represent the S of O girls in three events at the state meet, including the 100 and 200 meters.
Smith finished second in the 200 meters, in a time of 26.63 seconds, and her time of 13.03 in the 100 was good for a third-place showing.
She also ran the anchor leg of the runner-up 4x400 relay, with Leah Dolloff, Lucy Watson and Mary Porter comprising the first three legs. That team finished in a time of 4:31.70.