Osage girls finish second and boys take third; Eldon boys finish fifth

The seniors of the Eldon girls’ track and field team have no idea what it’s like to be beaten at districts.

That’s because the Mustangs just repeated as district champions for the fourth straight year. The Eldon girls got the job done once again on Saturday in the Class 3 District 5 meet at St. James and left no doubt as they put up 146.5 team points to capture the title. Meanwhile, the Osage girls finished second with 99.5 points respectively in the 12-team field.

In boys’ competition, Owensville took home the top prize with 138 points while St. James earned second (125), Osage finished third (85.5), Blair Oaks took fourth (79.5) and Eldon came in fifth (70).

“The old saying goes that winning is fun, but this group has really been fun to be around,” Eldon girls’ coach Tobby Eldridge said. “After winning three district titles when the season started, I asked if they wanted a fourth or to lose their senior year and they said they wanted to win a fourth... I’ve never had to get on them or tell them they are not working hard or anything like that.

“They are a driven group, they finished what they started and it is fun as a coach to be a part of. It is a blessing and I don’t have to motivate them because they do it themselves,” he added. “They have a goal set and whatever needs to get done, they get done and I hope all coaches get to have that type of experience because it creates great memories.”

And while Eldridge may be the head coach, he did not hesitate to point out the work of his assistants in Kay Reed and Taylor Wall. Reed has been with the program for four years and Wall has three years on her resume. Eldon qualified for sectionals in every single field event and Eldridge said they had a big hand in making that happen.

“In terms of track, a lot of times genetics makes a difference and athletes are fast or they’re not,” the coach explained. “A lot of the real coaching happens in field events when you are teaching technique and things like that. They (assistants) were willing to put in the work for the girls and make sure they were ready to compete at the highest level.”

Eldon certainly would not mind adding a few more team accolades going forward, but Eldridge said the focus now is more on the individual with state around the corner.

“Everybody at state is there to try to win it and nobody makes it by accident,” the coach noted. “We have to get our girls to make sure they’ve done everything they need to do to compete and let the chips fall wherever they are. Our team goal is to try to have a top 10 finish and that has not been accomplished yet.”

Time will soon tell if that goal can be met when Eldon and Osage athletes seek to punch their tickets to state on Saturday at the sectional meet in Carthage.

Listed below are the Mustangs and Indians who finished in the top four and qualified for sectionals:

GIRLS’ FIELD EVENT QUALIFIERS

-High Jump: Eldon’s Lauren Imler (2nd) 5 feet and 1 inch

-Pole Vault: Eldon’s Rachel Hanks (4th) 8-06

-Long Jump: Eldon’s Macie Halderman (1st) 16-07, Eldon’s Grace Baucom (2nd) 16-04 1/2 and Osage’s Loren Melton (3rd) 15-11

-Triple Jump: Eldon’s Macie Halderman (2nd) 34-11 1/2 and Osage’s Kerrigan Gamm (3rd) 34-07

-Discus: Eldon’s Haley Clifton (4th) 111-06

-Shot Put: Eldon’s Haley Clifton (2nd) 38-11 3/4

-Javelin: Eldon’s Grace Baucom (1st) 116-01 and Osage’s Kerrigan Gamm (3rd) 113-02

GIRLS’ TRACK EVENT QUALIFIERS

-100-Meter Hurdles: Eldon’s Emma Hoback (3rd) 17.69 seconds

-100-Meter Dash: Osage’s Cecilia Verslues (1st) 13.4 and Eldon’s Nicole Reynolds (2nd) 13.85

-200-Meter Dash: Osage’s Cecilia Verslues (1st) 27.37

-400-Meter Dash: Eldon’s Kristan Wilson (2nd) 1:02.79

-800-Meter Run: Eldon’s Lauren Imler (1st) 2:27.02 and Osage’s Karlie Minnehan (4th) 2:31.59

-4x100 Relay: Osage’s Georgia Verslues, Loren Melton, Grace Edwards and Cecilia Verslues (1st) 52.51 and Eldon’s Macie Halderman, Anna Herbert, Emma Hoback and Elizabeth Cochran (2nd) 53.04

-4x200 Relay: Osage’s Georgia Verslues, Loren Melton, Grace Edwards and Cecilia Verslues (1st) 1:50.81

-4x400 Relay: Eldon’s Macie Halderman, Nicole Reynolds, Kristan Wilson and Lauren Imler (2nd) 4:15.19

-4x800 Relay: Eldon’s Lauren Imler, Faith Parrent, Alysa Neighbors and Kelsey Wallis (3rd) 10:22.88

BOYS’ FIELD EVENT QUALIFIERS

-Pole Vault: Osage’s Aaron Cuddy (3rd) 12-00

-Long Jump: Eldon’s Isaiah Merida (3rd) 19-08 1/2

-Discus: Osage’s Jesse Velasquez (4th) 124-11

-Shot Put: Osage’s Robert Moore (3rd) 45-00 1/2

BOYS’ TRACK EVENT QUALIFIERS

-110-Meter Hurdles: Osage’s Garrett Sutherland (3rd) 16.23

-100-Meter Dash: Eldon’s Isaiah Merida (2nd) 11.52 and Eldon’s Trenton Phillips (4th) 11.58

-200-Meter Dash: Eldon’s Trenton Phillips (2nd) 23.84, Eldon’s Isaiah Merida (3rd) 24.05 and Osage’s Matthew Hans (4th) 24.18

-400-Meter Dash: Eldon’s Dawson Brandt (2nd) 52.22 and Osage’s Josh McCubbin (3rd) 53.09

-3,200-Meter Run: Osage’s Chase Grosvenor (3rd) 10:44.78

-4x100 Relay: Eldon’s Dawson Brandt, Isaiah Merida, Trenton Phillips and Trenton Dillon (1st) 44.24 and Osage’s Matthew Hans, Garrett Sutherland, Jackson Myers and Hunter Neiman (3rd) 45.82

-4x200 Relay: Osage’s Matthew Hans, Jackson Myers, Mason Etter and Josh McCubbin (2nd) 1:35.31

-4x400 Relay: Osage’s Jackson Myers, Mason Etter, Josh McCubbin and Garrett Sutherland (2nd) 3:38.91

-4x800 Relay: Eldon’s Tristan Burns, Jesse Dummermuth, Jay Dunham and Aidan Gerber (4th) 8:48.17