Track team competes at State meet

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Pictured above are members of the Lebanon High School track and field team who qualified for the State track meet last Friday and Saturday in Jefferson City.

By: 
ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

JEFFERSON CITY  — The Lebanon track and field team brought home three medals at the Missouri Class 5 State Championships over the weekend on the campus of Jefferson City High School.

The ‘Jackets had qualified in five different events with senior John Berry competing in the Shot Put, Abby O’Connor in the High Jump, the 4x100 meter relay on the girls’ side, and Jenna Glendenning and Gracie Calhoun competed in the 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles.

Berry, a Missouri Valley football commit, performed well in the Shot Put event placing eighth and medaling with a mark of 51-07.75. Coming off significant shoulder surgery after football season, he was able to come back in the middle of the season and earned his second medal at the state tournament to end an illustrious high school career.

In the hurdles, Glendenning and Calhoun ran in the prelims on Friday night for the 100 meter and 300-meter events. In the first heat of prelims, Calhoun finished seventh with a time of 15.83 respectively, and in the second heat of prelims, Glendenning placed sixth with a time of 15.57. Both runners qualified for the final race of the 300m hurdle event after their prelims with Glendenning finishing fourth (45.47) and Calhoun right behind her in fifth (45.76).

In the final race on Saturday afternoon, Glendenning medaled for the second consecutive year in the event at the state tournament after she finished sixth in 2017 and placed fifth on Saturday. Calhoun was able to medal for the first time in her high school career, placing sixth and both accomplished their ultimate goals of being together on the medal stand.

Although she was unable to medal, O’Connor still fared well against the competition in a loaded High Jump field and finished with a mark of 5-00, just missing the cutoff for a medal at 5-02.

The 4x100 meter relay team of Jazzlyn Wells, Kiara Waterman, Calhoun and Glendenning ran a time of 50.34 and placed sixth in their respective heat. The relay team was able to break the school record during the Sectional meet and will look to repeat success in 2019.

The future looks bright for the Lebanon track and field team, returning multiple state qualifiers with many young runners, jumpers, and throwers on the rise.

“Our coaches deserve a lot of credit for the job they did this year,” head coach Shane Rebmann said. “This season was a team effort and was incredible with multiple new school records set and three state medalists. We are already looking forward to next season.”

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