Several members of the Lamar Tigers and Lady Tigers track and field teams earned a trip to the Class 2 State Championships by finishing in the top four at the sectional meet, which Lamar hosted Saturday.
Senior twin brothers Ben and Sam Bailey finished first and second respectively in the discus, Ben winning the event with a throw of 161-feet 10-inches. Sam also qualified in the shot put by winning the event with a throw of 49-feet 4.25-inches. Freshman Matt Whyman scored 21-feet 5.25-inches to win the long jump. Senior Landon Compton cleared 42-feet 11.25-inches in the triple jump to win it.
The Tigers’ 4×800 meter relay team finished second to advance to state. The team is comprised of Compton, Kaden Overstreet, Zane Hull and Nicholas Ray. Freshman Luke Hardman finished fourth in the 110 meter hurdles and won the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 40.35. Seniors Cade Payne and Jared Beshore will be representing Lamar High in the 100 meter dash, which they finished in first and third place respectively, with Payne running a 11.18 to win the event.
The Tigers also won the 4×200 meter relay with a time of 1:32.03. Runners included: Mark Bartlett, David Dambre, Beshore and Payne. The 4×100 relay team also took first with a time of 43.06. They included: Bartlett, Hardman, Beshore and Payne.
Senior Kevin Clements won the 400 meter dash with a 52.04. Ray, a sophomore, finished second in the mile and the 800 to earn a spot at state in both events. Overstreet won the two mile with a 9:53.62.
The Tigers 4×800 relay team of Compton, freshman Anthony Wilkerson, Clements and Hardman won the event with a time of 3:28.80.
As a team, the Tigers crushed the opposition, winning the meet with 173 points. The second place team was Mountain Grove with only 62 points.
The Lady Tigers excelled as well, finishing second in the meet, only two points back of Ash Grove who won it with 81 points.
Sophomore Haley Landrum took fourth in the long jump to advance to the championships at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. She was joined there by senior Chynna Moore, who finished third in the triple jump. Sophomore Kaitlyn Graves finished second in the discus. Two more sophomores took second in their respective events, with Madie Baldwin qualifying in the 400 meter dash and Kaelyn Sturgell in the 300 meter hurdles.
The girls 4×200 meter relay team won the event with a 1:48.26. The team included: senior Kylie Riegel, Moore, Baldwin and Sturgell. The same group also won the 4×100 meter relay with a time of 51.33. The Lady Tigers won the 4×400 meter relay with a time of 4:14.55. This team included: Sturgell, Baldwin, Moore and Landrum.