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Mathews breaks PV record, South Callaway has six state nods

by Jeremy Jacob | May 14, 2022 at 11:11 p.m.
South Callaway junior Lacey Mathews rises in the girls’ pole vault Saturday at the Class 2 Sectional 2 meet in Monroe City. Mathews finished second to qualify for the state meet in Jefferson City this week and also broke the school record. (Submitted by South Callaway track and field)

South Callaway’s athletes performed like state was on the line Saturday.

The Bulldogs competed at the Class 2 Sectional 2 meet in Monroe City, qualifying six times for the Class 2 state meet scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Adkins Stadium in Jefferson City.

For the girls, senior Grace Pontius improved her school record in the javelin, junior Lacey Mathews set a school record in the pole vault and senior Raegan Brown won the long jump. On the boys side, senior Brendon Mealy qualified in the pole vault and the javelin, and junior Kyle Dickinson earned a spot in the discus.

Pontius has been improving on her javelin mark in each meet, finishing in third Saturday with a throw of 35.51 meters. Clark County’s Olivia Miller won the event with a mark of 41.49 meters.

Mathews reached a height of 3.02 meters to finish second in the pole vault, finishing behind Monroe City’s Carly Youngblood’s 3.35 meters. Her mark breaks the record previously held by DeLaney Horstman.

Brown’s winning long jump mark was a personal-best 5.27 meters, which edged Clark County’s Alexis Ellison’s 5.26 meters. Brown just missed state qualification in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash, taking fifth in the 100 with a time of 13.31 and sixth in the 200 with a time of 27.8. Harrisburg’s Kaydence Timbrook took the fourth and final qualifying spot in the 100 with a time of 13.23, and Milan’s Amy Pickering was fourth in the 200 with a time of 27.37.

Mealy finished third in the pole vault with a height of 3.19 meters as Putnam County’s Jake Rouse and Linn’s Zachary Dodson each reached 3.33 meters to finish ahead of Mealy, with Rouse winning the event. The South Callaway senior achieved a season-best to take the final qualifying spot in the javelin, throwing it 44.28 meters to edge Marceline’s Connor Ratliff’s personal-best 43.3 meters.

Dickinson took fourth in the discus after throwing it 40.5 meters, which was ahead of Schuyler County’s Hayden Dixon’s 40.4 meters. Schuyler County still won the event as Greysen Van Wye had a personal-best mark of 45.47 meters. Dickinson missed qualification in the shot put by finishing sixth with a throw of 13.41 meters — behind Scotland County’s Alex Long’s fourth-place 14.95 meters.

Sophomore Evan Sconce Martin missed state in the triple jump with a sixth-place finish but set a personal-best of 12.55 meters.

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