William Woods’ men’s 1,600-meter relay team of seniors Tanner Edwards and Terrell Shannon, junior Nick Zink and sophomore Rhett Cook ran the the event’s third-fastest preliminary time at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday. The Owls’ foursome ran a season-best time of 3 minutes, 12.49 seconds, earning NAIA All-American honors for a second straight season and qualifying for Saturday night’s championship race.
The sixth-ranked William Woods women’s golf team closed out its season with a top-five national finish. The Lady Owls posted a team score of 82-over-par-1204 (307-317-311-299) to claim fourth place at the 2014 NAIA National Championships on Friday at the Wilderness Ridge Golf Club. Oklahoma City University and SCAD Savannah each totaled a 57-over-par-1209 to finish in a tie after 72 holes. OCU (304-304-306-295) bested SCAD (304-304-306-296) on the first playoff hole to claim its second consecutive national title. Bellevue University shot a 72-over-par-1224 (314-414-299-297) to finish in third, while the University of the Cumberlands scored an 85-over-par-1237 (310-308—306-313), finishing three shots behind William Woods for fifth place.
Senior Nick Jones will attempt to add to his mark on the Missouri School for the Deaf’s rich track and field tradition. Jones will cap off his high school career by trying to repeat as state champion in the 100 and 200 meters when the Class 1 state championships begin today at Lincoln University’s Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City.
Will compete in 23 events combined in Class 2
South Callaway’s emergence at the state track and field championships over the past two years is a product of an acceptable amount of boldness. A year removed from qualifying in 17 events, South Callaway will compete in an amazing 23 — 12 in the girls’ division and 11 on the boys’ side — when the Class 2 state championships commence late this morning at Lincoln University’s Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City.
MOKANE — This had to ease some of the sting for the South Callaway Bulldogs.
MONTGOMERY CITY — No. 2 seed Hallsville came up with three runs in the top of the eighth inning to trip the No. 3 North Callaway Thunderbirds 11-8 in the Class 3, District 8 semifinals Tuesday night.
Fulton freshmen James Hill and Dustin Lee posted a win at No. 2 doubles at the Class 1, District 7 individual tournament last Saturday at the high school athletic complex. Hill and Lee defeated Columbia Independent’s Mary Cleavenger and Bianca Micacka 6-2, 6-4 in the opening round. They’d fall to eventual district champions Tyler Hanson and Ethan Murphy of Kirksville by in consecutive 6-0 games.
Junior third baseman Troy Hentges supplied the fourth-seeded Bulldogs’ only hit in their 2-1 Class 3, District 13 semifinal loss to the top-seeded Falcons on Monday. South Callaway ends its season at 17-6.
New Bloomfield freshman Gannon Withers earned 42nd place, while senior Tyler Grace tied for 44th at the Class 1 boys’ golf championships on Tuesday at Rivercut Golf Course. Withers collected a 43-over-par-185 (97-88). Grace finished a shot behind him, totaling a 44-over-par-186 (89-97) across two rounds to match Michael Hohne of Sacred Heart.
North Callaway senior Justin Menard finished in a four-way tie for 21st place at the Class 2 boys’ golf championships at Silo Ridge Golf and Country Club on Tuesday. Menard shot a 20-over-par-164 (85-79) to match the two-day totals of Barstow’s Thomas Dunn and Whitfield’s Chase Kinder and Colin Strege.
The Fulton Hornets collected more than enough hits in their Class 4, District 8 semifinal against the rival Mexico Bulldogs. Unfortunately, none of those were the productive type Fulton would ultimately need. The third-seeded Hornets out-hit the No. 2 Bulldogs 13-3, but stranded seven baserunners in a season-ending 7-3 loss at Harley Park on Monday afternoon. Fulton — which throttled No. 6 seed Missouri Military Academy 21-3 in first-round play Saturday — ended its season with a 13-11 record.
Junior starter Paul Zerr threw a four-hitter and struck out eight in the No. 3 seed Thunderbirds’ 7-2 first-round win over the No. 6 Wildcats at the Class 3, District 8 Tournament on Saturday night. Zerr allowed two unearned runs and walked two while raising his season record to 4-2. Helped by four North Callaway errors, Wright City (14-11) tallied both of their runs in the top of the second inning.
New Bloomfield senior reliever Ethan Massman gave up a walk-off, two-run home run to Tipton’s Dylan Tate with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning in the No. 3 seed Wildcats’ 7-5 loss to the No. 2 Cardinals in the Class 2, District 8 semifinals Monday night. New Bloomfield — which made the semifinals after edging No. 6 seed New Haven 6-5 in eight innings on Saturday — finished its season at 9-13. Tipton (19-6) will play either top-seeded Linn or No. 4 Russellville for the District 8 title at 6 tonight.
MEXICO — Junior Steven Coleman and senior Jaida Gray were the Thunderbirds’ and Ladybirds’ only qualifiers for sectional competition at Saturday’s Class 3, District 4 championships.
MEXICO — Senior Hayley Tobias and junior Sam Christensen both advanced to sectionals in two events to guide the Lady Hornets and Hornets at Saturday’s Class 3, District 4 championships.
ST. LOUIS — Senior Nick Jones will be returning to defend his state titles in the 100 and 200 meters after winning both events as the Eagles’ sole qualifier at Saturday’s Class 1, Sectional 1 championships.
LINN — The South Callaway Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs track and field teams put on another sensational display in the lead-up to the showcase event.
Taylor shares 11th place, makes all-tourney team for third straight year
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The William Woods University Owls golf team made a hard charge to establish another program milestone.
The No. 5 seed Fulton Hornets tennis team (4-18-1) tumbled to No. 4 Mexico in the first round of the Class 1, District 7 team tournament Tuesday at the high school athletic complex.
HARRISBURG — New Bloomfield’s shaky pitching proved damaging when Harrisburg tallied the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to trip the Wildcats 5-4 on Wednesday night.