Cardinals, Spoofhounds win MSHSAA Class 3 District 8 meet

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. -- The Maryville boys and Lawson girls were dominant in Saturday's Class 3 District 8 Championships in Chillicothe winning the team championships by a combined 140 points.

The Cardinals, the girls champions of the KCI Conference as well, put 171 team points after moving up from Class 2 this season while Maryville's girls were second with 102 points.

The Spoofhounds, the MEC champions, put up 193 1/3 points while Chillicothe had 122 1/3 to take second on their home track. The win gives Maryville back-to-back district championships.

"Being able to do it last year was amazing -- unexpected honestly," Maryville senior Jesus Flores said. "Doing it this year, we were trying to go back-to-back and we got it. I'm really happy about it."

Lawson's field events led the Cardinals' efforts with Mary Moore winning the shot put and javelin. The javelin featured a matchup of the two of the top-4 throwers in Class 3 with second-ranked Ava Dumke of Maryville leading the competition going into fourth-ranked Moore's final throw where she had a 36.93-meter toss to win the district crown.

In the pole vault, Kamryn Florea and Kira Phipps finished 1-2 to give the team 18 team points. Phipps also took second in the high jump with teammate Anna Harrold taking third behind Chillicothe freshman Lyla Beetsma.

Junior Jocelyn Calvert swept the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter titles for the Cardinals.

The other girls' district champions on the track were Paseo Academy's Maizen Williams in the 100, St. Pius X Kansas City's Lauren Waldron in the 200, Chillicothe's Kayanna Cranmer in the 400, Cameron's Bailey Robinson in the 800, Richmond's Kaylee King in the 100-meter hurdles, Maryville's Brylee Acklin in the 300-meter hurdles.

Relay championships went to Richmond in the 4x100, Maryville in the 4x200, and Chillicothe in the 4x400 and 4x800.

Williams also won the long jump for Paseo Academy while King won the triple jump. Maryville's Ellie Willnerd won the shot put.

Maryville's boys were led by their pair of Central Missouri signees with Keaton Stone and Flores.

Flores won titles in the 400-meter dash and high jump while Stone won titles in the triple jump and long jump. Flores was also key in the 4x400-meter relay championship -- where he teamed with 400-meter runner-up Dylan Meyer.

"Dylan is going to be great the next couple years, but I'm still holding onto my title I guess," Flores said. "I haven't been hitting the marks I've wanted to hit this year, but I'm still winning and hopefully at state I can hit them."

Sophomore Carson Sterling was pivotal in the throwing events with a championship in the discus and a second-place finish in the shot put, behind Pembroke Hill's Darin Conley, who was third in the triple jump. His brother, Devin Conley, was second in the 100-meter dash and third in the 200-meter dash.

"I felt really good," Sterling said of the shot put. "In practice, I was in a little bit of a slump. I came out in my second throw and got a big PR, take a second and move on. … It feels really great to be a district champion."

Maryville's Connor Blackford won the 1,600-meter run and took second in the 3,200-meter run while Dylan Masters won the 800-meter run. Blackford and Masters teamed up on the championship 4x800-meter relay.

Other boys champions on the track included Pembroke Hill's Adam Salem-Atia in the 100 and 200, Chillicothe's Cain Evans in the 3,200, Richmond's Dayne Loftin in the 110-meter hurdles and Lawson's Blaize Vaughn in the 300-meter hurdles. Pembroke Hill won the 4x100 and 4x200-meter relays.

Chillicothe's Charles Walker won the pole vault while teammate Gavin Funk took second. Lawson senior Mason Wibbenmeyer won the javelin district title.

The Class 3 Sectional 4 meet is Saturday in Warrensburg.