East Buchanan boys claim 3rd state title in school history

When East Buchanan brings home a trophy from the state track and field meet it is always the most coveted.

For the third time in school history, the Bulldogs from Gower brought home the championship trophy, this time winning the MSHSAA Class 2 Track and Field Championship. 

The previous trophies were state championships as well, winning the Class 2 boys title with 56 points on Saturday, May 18 at Adkins Stadium in Jefferson City.

The Bulldogs won the Class 2 title in 2005 and then back in 1974, they won the Class 1A championship.

East Buchanan scored in nine different events and nearly had a 10th to hold off Clark County by four points for the crown.

Seth Spencer played a part in earning points in three events and won two championships.

Aidan Hensley and Trey Johnson also earned points for East Buchanan - which incidentally isn't in Buchanan County, but rather Caldwell County.

Spencer, a junior, won both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. He finished in 14.76 and 38.84, respectively.

He was also on the 4x400-meter relay that took second. Those eight points helped the Bulldogs jump Clark County for the crown.

Spencer ran the second leg, getting the handoff from Nathaniel Fortney. After Spencer, Hensley, and Parker Conroy closed the race with a time of 3:25.54.

The Bulldogs were third in the 4x800-meter relay - the first race for Class 2 on Friday. Phoenix Baugh, Nolan Rust, Conroy and Hensley made up that team that ran 8:16.90.

Conroy, a junior, was sixth in the 800 (2:00.76), while Hensley was fifth in the 1,600-meter (4:31.34).

Johnson placed in the long jump, triple jump and javelin for the Bulldogs.

The junior took fourth in the javelin (51.65 meters), fifth in the long jump (6.65 meters) and eighth in the triple jump (12.73 meters). In the triple jump, Trevor Klein took fourth for the Bulldogs, jumping 12.93 meters.

East Buchanan just missed points in the shot put as Chase Meers made the finals and took ninth.