MSHSAA Class 5 District 2 Track and
Lafayette Sweeps District Titles
May 17, 2016
The Lafayette Boys kept their undefeated
season going at Ladue High School in St. Louis Saturday at the MSHSAA Class 5
District 2 and Class 4 District 3 Track and Field meet. After two consecutive
runner-up finishes to Blue Springs at the state meet the past two years, the
Lancers are shooting for a state championship to go with their two cross
country state titles the last two falls. The district meet went about as well
as hoped for as Lafayette totaled 189.5 points to beat CBC-122, Kirkwood-89.5,
Eureka-85, and five other schools at the first of three legs of the state
The Lafayette distance crew racked up an
astounding 80 points. They were led by what is almost certainly the best
foursome of distance teammates in Missouri history: seniors Devin Meyrer
(Baylor signee), Alec Haines (Oklahoma State signee), Dylan Quisenberry (Mizzou
signee) and junior Austin Hindman, who was named the USA Triathlon Junior
athlete of the year for 2015. That foursome combined for 54 points at last
year's state meet including a historic 1-2-3 finish in the 3200 meters. They
will be shooting for more this year. They have the US#23 time in the 4x800 with
their 7:50.46 clocking last month. Saturday, junior Tommy Laarman and Nassim
Oufattole joined Quisenberry and Hindman to post an 8:05 for the 4x800 victory.
The victory was one step away from not happening. An official after the race
spoke to one of the Lafayette runners and informed him he had almost drawn a
disqualification. The official told the runner he had stepped on the inside
line of lane one with consecutive left foot steps. A third consecutive step
would have earned a DQ, and ended Lafayette's quest for a second straight 4x800
state title, and hurt their overall team state title hopes.
Next up for the distance crew was the
1600 meters where Haines, Meyrer and Quisenberry went 1-2-4 to advance to
sectionals with Haines edging Meyrer 4:27.01 to 4:27.02. Quisenberry, Haines,
and Meyrer sit 1-2-4 on the state performance list with season bests of 4:17,
4:18 and 4:18. The finish added 23 points to the Lancers total. For Hindman,
Districts was just his fourth meet of the year, suggesting he missed some time
with injury. If not for that, it seems likely he could have gotten a 1600
qualifying time and Lafayette could have had four boys in the race, and a good
chance they all would have advanced.
In the 800, Quisenberry and Haines went
1-2 in 1:58 for another 18 Lancer points. Then came the 3200 meters. Lafayette
head coach Matt Warren told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's David Kvidahl that
the coaching staff wrestled with the idea to race the speedy Quisenberry on the
4x400 relay or in the 3200. Ultimately, they decided the other 4x400 runners
were capable of success themselves and that to maximize their points at state
they should run Quisenberry in the 3200. The race looked like one of their
cross country races from the previous two falls as they grouped up and led the
race. The group led the whole race with Hindman and Meyrer trading off the
pacing efforts. Down the homestretch, the four spread out across four lanes and
finished four across in 9:24. That time is faster than all but three other
Missouri boys this season, while Meyrer and Hindman sit 1-2 in the state with
their 8:59 and 9:12 performances earlier this season.
Lafayette Boys go 1-4 in 3200, score
80pts, Win C5 District 2, Talk StateTitle
While Lafayette's distance crew was
amazing, the Lancers are a well-rounded team with talent in many events. Senior
Brad Alexander took home the 100 meter title-11.01, and the 200 crown-21.89,
while anchoring the 4x400 to victory in 3:27 and anchoring the 4x100 to a
runner-up finish. Senior hurdler Chris Roggenburg captured the 110 and 300
hurdles in 15.83 and 40.72. Other top performers for the Lancers were senior
Taylor Grimm who captured the high jump with a clearance of 6-2 and took third
in the triple jump with a 42-11.5. Junior
William Preckel was second in the discus-145-5 and third in the shot put
-49-02.25. Lafayette advanced to
sectionals in 15 of 18 events.
In the shot put, the state's number
three and fifth best performers faced off. Parkway South senior Austin Lawless
had a best of 57-4 while Kirkwood junior and football quarterback Reece Goddard
had a best of 57-0. On the first toss of the competition, both went 56-10.5.
Goddard was able to improve though with a personal record of 57-1 for the
victory. Goddard also captured the discus title with a mark of 167-11. Goddard
finished third in the discus and sixth in the shot at last year's state meet.
In one of the most competitive events of
the day, five boys went over the 22-foot mark in the long jump. CBC's Kamryn
Babb, one of the top sophomore football players in the country as wide receiver
and defensive back, captured the district title with a best jump of 23-2.75 for
a MO#7 mark. CBC racked up 20 points in the event as junior Brent Bledsoe was
third and senior August Bindbeutel was fifth.
Four pole-vaulters cleared 12-6 while
Kirkwood senior Austin Southerly came out on top with the fewest misses. CBC
senior Ryan Scott edged Marquette sophomore Wendell Brommer in the triple jump
43-2 to 43-0. Lafayette's Grim and Nathaniel Dailey went 3-4.
Eureka claimed the 4x200 title in
1:30.82, just edging CBC, who claimed the 4x100 title in 43.13.
On the girl's side, the Lafayette girls
claimed the district title. The fourth-place 2015 State meet finishers edged
2015 Class 5 runner-up Kirkwood, 164.5 to 156.5. Nerinx Hall was third with
82.5 points and Marquette fourth with 78 points in the eight-team meet.
Lafayette Head Coach Rick Voss' Lady Lancers are led by two of the three best
distance runners in the state in seniors Anna West (Baylor signee) and Sarah
Nicholson (Northwestern signee). Cross country and distance coach Scott Brandon
is retiring after the season and the Lancer distance runners will try to send
him out with a bang.
A big surprise at the meet was Anna West
scratching out of the 3200 meters. West, who moved to fifth on the Missouri
All-Time 3200 meter list with her US#22 10:26 at the Eureka Kimball/Wintermeyer
Invitational last month, will focus on the 4x800, 800, and 1600 meters. The
move will save West's leg's from three 3200 meter races in the state series and
set her up for faster 800 and 1600 meters at state, and fast mile or 3200
meters races in the postseason. Lafayette coaches say the move will give West a
better chance at the 800 meter state title.
West and Nicholson teamed up with Mollie
Rogan and Margaret Nicholson to win the 4x800 in 9:28, the best time in
Missouri this year by four-plus seconds. Nerinx Hall was second in 9:37. West set
a personal best of 4:49 in the 1600 a week ago, which is a US#19 mark and puts
her in the top five in Missouri history. West cruised to the 1600 meter title at
districts in 4:57 while Nicholson was second in 5:10. Marquette seniors Hannah
Pierson and Danielle Mohrmann were third and fourth in 5: 15 and 5:18.
In the 800, West posted a MO#4 2:16 for
the victory while Nerinx Hall junior Erin Smith was second in 2:19. In the
3200, Nicholson, who ran a 10:32 the week before, won in 10:43 to edge
Washington sophomore Mikayla Reed by a second. Just like in the 1600,
Marquette's Pierson and Mohrmann went 3-4 in 10:58 and 11:05. Even without
West, Lafayette got 14 points in the event with senior Julia Romero's fifth
place finish in 11:09.
Kirkwood swept the short sprints and
hurdles titles. Junior Hava Turner captured the 100 and 200 meter crowns in
12.25 and 25.43. Turner finished fourth and eighth in the events at state last
year and sits seventh and 10th on the current state performance list.
Senior Andrea Kuehnlein won the 100 hurdles in 15.70 and the 300 hurdles in
46.27. Kuehnlein is tied for 3rd in the state with a best of 45.14
and was Class 5 runner-up last year in 43.26.
Junior Kara Steele had a big day for the
Pioneers. Steele posted a PR and MO#1 and US#66 39-4.5 mark in the triple jump
for the victory. Steele anchored the winning 4x200 relay in 1:43.78 and the 4x400
relay in 4:00. Steele also took second in the 400 meters while Nerinx Hall
sophomore Nicki Horn posted a MO#17 58.57 for the title. Kirkwood senior and
Mizzou basketball signee Jordan Roundtree took third in the 400 while running
on the winning 4x2 and 4x4 relays. Kirkwood senior Meridian Buckner-Swain added
10 points for the Pioneers with her MO#21 shot put victory with a mark of 40-2.