Climax Springs also places in field of 14 schools

Versailles was the scene of a chilly track and field meet on Monday night where the Tigers hosted Lake area neighbors Eldon and Climax Springs along with 11 other schools all vying for a first place finish.

After all 19 events were recorded, the Eldon girls and Versailles boys may have felt a little warmer knowing they put in the effort worthy of the top spot as the Mustangs bested the field with 180 team points and the Tigers did the same racking up 134.

“It is a huge encouragement. Just knowing that even though we graduated a lot of good seniors, we brought in a good class of freshmen,” Eldon’s Rachel Hanks said of a program that has won five of the past six Tri-County Conference titles and four straight district championships. “Knowing the fact that we are as good as we’ve ever been, it is just really relaxing and kind of puts all of our seniors at ease.

“It is just really nice to know that we are still as good as we’ve ever been and that freshmen class really is what is keeping us there right now.”

Versailles’ Quinn Randall was also fairly pleased with how the day turned out for the Tigers who won the Tri-County Conference championship last season.

“I think as a team we did pretty good. We got pretty good points and we got plenty of people that can make it out of districts with the numbers they did,” he noted.

The Versailles girls finished second with 132 team points, the Eldon boys captured 11th with 15.5 and the Climax Springs boys captured 13th with 4.5 points while the Cougar girls earned 14th with 1.

There were quite a few highlights along the way and Hanks had one of them after not only placing first in the pole vault, but breaking the school record of 9 feet and 6 inches with a new mark of 10-03. Hanks had reached 10 feet in practice last Thursday and she was beaming after crossing over the bar with the sun setting and making it official on Monday.

“That is four years of hard work coming out right there,” she said.

Hanks thanked the football coach who put her into the weight program last May and allowed her to do weights all year long and she pointed to a confident mindset that was propelled by the fact that she had already cleared a bungee cord.

“Definitely a combination of being in the weight room, having a good coaching staff here and then just being in the right mindset,” she said.

Then again, the thrill of flying through the air may be hereditary as her father Matt, an Eldon alumnus, was also a pole vaulter for the Mustangs. Hanks had come to learn that the sport boiled down to “speed, physics and insanity” and after previously breaking the middle school record of 7-06, she has yet again soared to new heights.

“In pole vault when you are getting up to that 10 feet, and even just nine feet, it is just really exhilarating. Just falling after clearing the bar and knowing that you did it, it is just exhilarating,” she remarked.

Randall also picked up points for Versailles placing seventh in the shot put and eighth in the discus.

“It was pretty something,” Randall joked about his throws. “But there is always improvement and peaking is the most important when you do it.”

That has been the theme for Randall and the Tigers who want to be firing on all cylinders when the postseason arrives and the road to state begins.

“We want to peak when districts come and competition comes so we slowly get higher and better scores until we get there,” he said.

Listed below are the results of each Eldon, Versailles and Climax Springs athlete who earned points for their teams:

GIRLS’ FIELD EVENTS

-High Jump: Versailles’ Natalie Bierman (2nd) 5-02, Eldon’s Grace Aulick (3rd) 4-10 and Eldon’s Chloe Ruark (5th) 4-08

-Pole Vault: Eldon’s Rachel Hanks (1st) 10-03 and Eldon’s Heather Harbison (5th) 6-06

-Long Jump: Eldon’s Grace Aulick (6th) 14-07 1/2 and Versailles’ Lauryn Shewmaker (8th) 14-05 3/4

-Triple Jump: Eldon’s Caroline Beckmann (1st) 34-00 1/2

-Discus: Versailles’ Lindsay Walls (1st) 103-07, Versailles’ Carrie Hoffa (2nd) 100-07, Eldon’s Haley Clifton (3rd) 100-06 and Eldon’s Taylor Henderson (6th) 85-00

-Shot Put: Eldon’s Haley Clifton (1st) 37-05 1/2, Versailles’ Carrie Hoffa (2nd) 36-00, Eldon’s Taylor Henderson (3rd) 31-02 1/2, Versailles’ Lindsay Walls (4th) 30-05 1/2 and Climax Springs’ Maranda Burke (12th) 26-02

-Javelin: Eldon’s Addison Davis (3rd) 92-10, Versailles’ Taralee Edgar (4th) 90-07 and Versailles’ Maris Ollison (5th) 86-04

GIRLS’ TRACK EVENTS

-100-Meter Hurdles: Eldon’s Anna Herbert (2nd) 18.96 seconds, Versailles’ Emma Geier (3rd) 18.99 and Eldon’s Cassidy Prater (5th) 19.35

-300-Meter Hurdles: Versailles’ Allison Taylor (1st) 52.14, Eldon’s Cassidy Prater (2nd) 54.61, Versailles’ Emma Geier (5th) 57.1 and Eldon’s Anna Herbert (8th) 57.82

-100-Meter Dash: Versailles’ Keely Gustafson (1st) 13.56 seconds, Eldon’s Caroline Beckmann (2nd) 13.61 and Versailles’ Allison Taylor (4th) 13.96

-200-Meter Dash: Versailles’ Keely Gustafson (1st) 27.47, Eldon’s Caroline Beckmann (2nd) 27.51, Eldon’s Nicole Reynolds (4th) 29.49 and Versailles’ Hailey Burnett (6th) 29.74

-400-Meter Dash: Eldon’s Kristan Wilson (2nd) 1:06.03, Versailles’ Gracie Hamrick (4th) 1:08.81, Eldon’s Alivia Beanland (5th) 1:10.07 and Versailles’ Hailey Burnett (6th) 1:10.27

-800-Meter Run: Eldon’s Lauren Imler (2nd) 2:37.97 and Eldon’s Savannah Holder (5th) 2:45.78

-1,600-Meter Run: Eldon’s Emily Guthrie (6th) 6:08.81 and Eldon’s Mariah Wardenburg (8th) 6:22.54

-3,200-Meter Run: Eldon’s Emily Guthrie (1st) 13:55.29, Eldon’s Kelsey Wallis (2nd) 13:57.81 and Versailles’ Carmen Lemell (4th) 14:11.16

-4x100 Relay: Versailles’ Gracie Hamrick, Hailey Burnett, Lauryn Shewmaker and Keely Gustafson (1st) 53.28 and Eldon’s Nicole Reynolds, Kristan Wilson, Anna Herbert and Cassidy Prater (4th) 55.61

-4x200 Relay: Eldon’s Alivia Beanland, Grace Aulick, Elizabeth Rush and Hannah Thompson (5th) 1:58.61 and Versailles’ Krysten Williams, Natalie Bierman, Allison Foley and Hailey Burnett (7th) 2:01.67

-4x400 Relay: Versailles’ Gracie Hamrick, Allison Taylor, Lauryn Shewmaker and Keely Gustafson (1st) 4:25.26 and Eldon’s Lauren Imler, Nicole Reynolds, Kristan Wilson and Alivia Beanland (3rd) 4:36.53

-4x800 Relay: Eldon’s Emily Guthrie, Haley Thompson, Mariah Wardenburg and Lauren Imler (2nd) 10:47.75

BOYS’ FIELD EVENTS

-High Jump: Versailles’ Michael Bell (5th) 5-08 and Versailles’ Justin Hamrick (6th) 5-08

-Pole Vault: Versailles’ Kyle Flieger (3rd) 9-00, Versailles’ Bentley Elliott (T-5th) 8-06 and Eldon’s Nicholas Martonfi (T-5th) 8-06

-Long Jump: Versailles’ Adam Radcliff (8th) 18-03 1/2

-Triple Jump: Versailles’ Dallas Waller (3rd) 41-03 1/2 and Versailles’ Michael Bell (6th) 37-07 1/2

-Discus: Eldon’s Jakob Krantz (5th) 106-02 and Versailles’ Randall Quinn (8th) 99-07

-Shot Put: Versailles’ Gage Tessier (1st) 42-10 and Versailles’ Randall Quinn (7th) 36-02 1/2

-Javelin: Versailles’ Gage Tessier (2nd) 118-06 and Eldon’s Jacob Churchman (8th) 92-07

BOYS’ TRACK EVENTS

-110-Meter Hurdles: Climax Springs’ Randy Smith (T-4th) 19.48

-300-Meter Hurdles: Versailles’ Trent Hyman (1st) 45.23 and Versailles’ Mikhail Gulyayev (3rd) 48.98

-100-Meter Dash: Versailles’ Coby Williams (3rd) 12.09

-200-Meter Dash: Versailles’ Coby Williams (3rd) 24.05 and Versailles’ Dallas Waller (4th) 24.4

-400-Meter Dash: Versailles’ Coby Williams (2nd) 52.33 and Versailles’ Dallas Waller (4th) 55.7

-800-Meter Run: Versailles’ Colby Boicourt (6th) 2:21.68 and Eldon’s Aidan Gerber (7th) 2:22.17

-1,600-Meter Run: Eldon’s Aidan Gerber (4th) 5:13.02 and Versailles’ Seth Newton (6th) 5:36.67

-3,200-Meter Run: Versailles’ Gabe Ryerson (6th) 13:42.71

-4x100 Relay: Versailles’ Allan Rhorer, Trent Hyman, Dallas Waller and Coby Williams (1st) 46.22

-4x200 Relay: Versailles’ Michael Bell, Mikhail Gulyayev, Trent Hyman and Kyle Flieger (3rd) 1:40.38

-4x400 Relay: Versailles’ Allan Rhorer, Maxwell Coleman, Nathan Palomarez and Michael Bell (2nd) 3:51.78

-4x800 Relay: Versailles’ Allan Rhorer, Colby Boicourt, Dagan Haggerman and Seth Newton (3rd) 9:32.76

Eldon returns to action on Thursday for a meet at St. James at 3 p.m. Up next for Versailles is the Laker Relays in Camdenton on Tuesday at 4 p.m., and Climax Springs will be at Skyline on April 10 at the same time.