The Warrenton girls track team capped off an impressive day Saturday by getting nine events through to this weekend’s sectional meet at MICDS.
The Warriors finished fourth overall at the Mexico District meet, and were led by junior Lexi Frederick and sophomore Brooke Smith.
Frederick qualified in the triple jump after setting a personal-best mark of 34 feet, 4 inches.
Moments earlier, she finished third in the 400 in 1:02.01.
“Her and Brooke had busy days,” Head Coach Steve Wurtzel said. “She jumped all of her triples then ran the 4X2. Then she ran the open 400 and got third, then came back and hit her PR in the triple. So kudos to her.”
Smith won the long jump at 16 feet and qualified in the 200 (28.01).
“She’s hit 16 three times this season, so we’re still working on some consistency, but we noticed she’s almost always a foot behind the board,” Wurtzel said of Smith’s long jump form. “So she might have had a 16-flat, but she really technically jumped a 16-7 or 16-8. Even the St. Charles coach noticed she was behind the line quite a bit, and that’s going to come with reps. I know Coach (Mark) Thomas moved her back and forth, and they were able to talk about it a little bit. She did good though.”
Smith also helped the 800-meter relay qualify with a third-place finish (1:51.56).
“They squeezed on by,” Wurtzel said. “I knew they had a chance, and they just had to come out and show what they can do. We didn’t have a good, solid, warm-weather time on that particular group of girls, so that was nice to see.”
Junior Breanna Wielms chose a good day for the best throw of her career, finishing third in the discus at 105-2.
“She got stuck in the middle flight, so she didn’t get to throw with the best flight, Wurtzel said. “But we saw her throw that 105 and it was smooth and she just hammered it. But then she had to wait for that third flight, and I think that calmed her down a little bit. I’m really proud of her because she’s worked so hard.”
Wielms will be joined at the sectional meet with teammate Kayla Nelson, who finished second in the shot put at 34-4 1/2 and will be looking for a return trip to Jefferson City.
Nelson qualified for last year’s state meet after hitting 36-9 1/2 at the sectional meet in Mexico.
“She’s going to have to throw in the 36s, 37s or 38s to get through to state,” Wurtzel said, “and she’s definitely capable of that.”
Freshman hurdler Grace Bostic squeezed through with a fourth-place finish in the 100 hurdles, finishing in 16.15 seconds.
“She pulled off that 16.15 in the finals after running around 16.5 in the prelims, so she looked really good,” Wurtzel said. “It’s a tough sectional, but Saturday was a great day for her.”
Another underclassmen, freshman Emma Lewis, might have the best chance to get to state out of the remaining Warrior athletes.
Lewis finished third in the 1,600 in 5:46.43, coming back late to pass a pair of competitors.
“She told me she didn’t run that race like she thought she could do it,” Wurtzel said. “She said she didn’t think she could make it out, but something clicked in that final lap and she started rolling. She blew right past those two Liberty girls and knocked one of them out. I think she has a really good shot to get through next week.”
The team heads to MICDS for the Class 4, Sectional 2 meet.
Smith and Nelson will lead the way with 10 a.m. starts.
“It’s going to be really tough for the girls this week because we’ll be at a tough sectional,” Wurtzel said. “But that’s why you compete.”