New Bloomfield, South Callaway boys track and field begin season at 2023 Russellville Open

RUSSELLVILLE -- New Bloomfield and South Callaway boys track and field both had successful season-opening showings in the 2023 Russellville Open, with first-place finishes, personal records and even a school being set Wednesday at Russellville High School.

Starting with the dash events, South Callaway's Evan Sconce-Martin took second in the 100-meter with a time of 12.1 seconds. The Bulldogs' Cole Brewer set a PR in the 200 with a time of 25.6.

For New Bloomfield, Ben Speaks placed second in the 400 dash with a time of 56.21.

The Wildcats' Andrew Piper was the only medalist between New Bloomfield and South Callaway for the run events. Piper finished second in the 3,200 with a time of 15:48.63.

Hunter Dawson thrived in the hurdles for the Wildcats, winning the 110 with a time of 18.25 while taking second in the 300 with a time of 46.24.

Ryan Briggs was the Bulldogs' only hurdles medalist; he placed third with a PR time of 20.9.

Moving on to relays, New Bloomfield had three first-place relay teams -- 4x100 (47.39), 4x200 (1:44.67) and 4x400 (3:55.13). And the Wildcats' 4x800 team finished second with a time of 9:53.93.

South Callaway's Trevor Wilson had the only medalist finish in a jumping event out of the two Callaway County schools. He leaped 20 feet, 7.25 inches, to take second in the long jump.

South Callaway and New Bloomfield had a phenomenal showing in the pole vault.

Starting with the Bulldogs, they had the top two finishers in the event; Colten Rocker won it with a PR distance of 11-11.75 and Caden Bohnert took second with a PR distance of 11-11.75.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats' Hunter Rackers broke the school record in the pole vault with a distance of 10-07, breaking the previous record of 10 feet by 7 inches.

Aside from the pole vault, South Callaway had the only medalists in field events of the Callaway County schools. The Bulldogs' Kyle Dickinson earned gold in the discus with a distance of 130-01.5; Nathan Russell won the javelin with a PR throw of 140-06.5; Lee Butcher took third in the shot put with a PR distance of 40-01.5.

Next, New Bloomfield and South Callaway will compete in the New Bloomfield Wildcat Relays at 2 p.m. Friday in New Bloomfield.