Last Saturday Troy Buchanan hosted the Class 5 District 5 Track and Field Meet; weather was “awful,” said coach Lane Carl, but the meet was “really good.”
Five Trojans headed on to this weekend’s Sectional competitions: Dalton Eikel, who placed first in the high jump at districts with a season record of 5-10.00; Shane Henke, who placed third at districts with a javelin throw of 131-08.00; Adrianna Kennedy, who placed third in shot put with a personal record throw of 34-10.00; Kylie Linson, who placed fourth at districts with a shot put throw of 34-04.00 (also a personal record) and finally Sarah Schultz, who has been to state the last two years, took third place with a season record throw of 117-11.00.
Other students were right on the cusp of qualifying, like Jacob Ferguson in discus, Gabbi Cook in the javelin and the 4x200 girls relay team (Morgan Vandeven, Natalie Sullivan, Emilie Rossmiller and Gwenyth Hammond).
Cook almost threw a 103 in the javelin, which for a freshman is “huge,” Carl said.
“She’s [Cook] going to easily take over Sarah’s footsteps when Sarah graduates,” Carl said. “Our young talent is just awesome right now, so we’ve just got to keep it going.”
Only the top four places at districts qualify for sectionals. The results for Troy are down in some ways and up in others compared to last year, Carl said.
Last year, the Trojans sent a 4x200 relay team and an open 200-meter race contestant to sectionals, but this year no running events made it. However, sending five kids in for field events is over much more than participated in sectionals last year for those competitions.
Eikel, Henke and Linson are all sophomores, Kennedy is a freshman and Schultz is the lone senior at sectionals.
“Sarah is definitely leading by example, but yeah, these young kids, what a great opportunity it is to see competition at the next level,” Carl said.
Heading into districts, both Kennedy and Linson were ranked close to the top four, and both just “showed up and did what they had to do” to qualify at districts.
“And that’s just awesome to see,” Carl said.
Districts, held May 11, was a tough competition, and always is, Carl said.
“I think our conference is always pretty tough, which leads into a tough district,” Carl said. “We just compete with some tough schools…there is no easy meet for us I don’t think.”
The coach’s hopes for sectionals are always to get kids through to the next round and see them go to state the following weekend, but this sectional competition features a new composition of schools, bringing unknown factors into play.
“We’re a little intimidated by those Kansas City schools, usually we don’t see them until state weekend, but now we’re getting pulled over a little further west,” Carl said. The team traveled up to Cotton, Missouri on Friday May 17, and began competition Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m.
“It’s making sectionals have a “state vibe,” Carl said.
To make it to state, the Trojans will need to place in the top four, same as with districts. See the results from the sectional competition in the next issue of the Troy Free Press.