MTHS Track Competes at Sectional, Send Six to State

May 17, 2017
Members of the  Mark Twain High School girls 4x800 relay team are Kelsey Kendall, Katie Neff, Maddy Ford, and McKenzie Lathrom. Members of the Mark Twain High School girls 4x800 relay team are Kelsey Kendall, Katie Neff, Maddy Ford, and McKenzie Lathrom.

The Mark Twain High School track teams competed in the Sectional Meet held at Hillsboro High School on Saturday, May 13.
The girls 4x800 meter relay team of Katie Neff, McKenzie Lathrom, Kelsey Kendall, and Maddy Ford finished 3rd with a 10:36.42 time and will advance to State which will be held Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19. Also advancing is Maddy Ford who finished 2nd in the 1600-meter run with a 5:50.64 time.; and McKenzie Lathrom who placed 3rd in the long jump with a 16—02.00 jump and 4th in the triple jump with a 33—08.00 jump.
Devin Neff finished 4th in the 1600-meter run and 1st in the 3200-meter run to advance to State. Dalton Hill placed 4th in the shotput with a 44—04.00 throw and will join Neff at State. Hill just missed going to State with 5th place in the discus with a 128—04 throw.
Kelsey Kendall just missed qualifying in the 800-meter run with a 5th place 2:48.84 run. Katie Neff finished 8th in the 3200-meter run with a 14:29.33 run. Hannah Spoonhower placed 7th in the discus with a 87—00 throw.
The MTHS girls coach, Erin Mack said, “It was a great showing by all the girls! I was happy to see all of them get out of districts and compete at the Sectional Meet. I am really proud of all of their efforts. It was heart breaking that this was Hannah’s and Katie’s last meet to compete in their individual events. They both had an injury setback this season, but pushed to overcome adversity to finish their season strong.”
Mack continued, “Hannah first went to Sectionals as a freshman in shot put and has been working hard to advance there ever since. She came up short in the last two years at the district meet, but was determined to get into that group of final four finishers in any of her three throwing events this year as a senior. Katie, who competed in the 3200-meter run at the State Meet her sophomore year was looking to advance again this year, but also fell short. Hannah and Katie, both seniors, have grown in this sport since their freshman year and have contributed greatly to our team’s success.
“Maddy has been a member of the state qualifying 4x800 meter relay team the past four years. This is her first year going to State in the 1600-meter run, but I have no doubt she is going to be a tough competitor in the event. The relay team is bound and determined to improve on their standings from the previous trips to the State Meet. We know the competition is going to be fierce and we will have to be prepared to fight for a spot in the top eight.
“This is Kenzie’s third year to advance to state in long jump and second in a row to go in the triple jump. She continues to amaze me in these events. She has also been a key member of the 4x800 meter relay team the past three years. She is a strong competitor and loves a challenge. Regardless of the competition, she is going to make the other competitors work to earn their finishing place. He has come up short these last few trips to State, but has set her expectations high again this year.
“We are going to continue to work hard this week and prepare for this weekend. These girls have qualified for State in their events the past 3-4 years, so no first-time jitters for this group. They have the mindset and are determined to do well.”