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Novinger and LaPlata Win Tri-County Track Championships

and LaPlata Win
Tri-County Track Championships

By David Sharp

   Novinger captured the boy’s championship while LaPlata took the
girls’ victory lap at the Tri-County Conference Track Meet, held on the new all
weather track at LaPlata on April 29.

   Chloe Sykes and Justin Hazen had the highest individual high
school results, winning 3200m run silver medals.

   Hayden Housman won the junior high boy’s championship in the
long and triple jump events while the Lady Tiger 4x400m relay team won the
junior high girls’ title.

   Aric Luman won the boys’ 100 and 200m dash along with the long
and triple jump for Novinger. Luman’s 40 individual points paced individual

   Dual gold medalists included Cory Smith of Novinger in the boy’s
shot put and discus. LaPlata had two individuals win a pair of gold medals
apart from relay teams. Birdie Buck was first in the boy’s 1600 and 3200 meter
races. Rachel Shahan won the girls’ high jump and 400m dash. Buck and Shahan
run for LaPlata.

   LaPlata took the girls’ conference track title with 148 points.
Linn County was next with 137 team points. Novinger (65), Bevier (58), Bucklin
(53), and Green City (52) paced seventh place Brashear with 49 girls’ points.
Atlanta (31) and Macon County (27) rounded out the girls’ field.

   Brashear won fourth place medals in the girls’ 3200m relay with
a time of 13:31.12 seconds. Stephanie Elsea placed fifth in the 100m hurdles in
19.99 seconds. Cierra Hines was sixth for Brashear in 20.19 seconds.

   Chloe Sykes won a conference bronze medal with a 1600m run time
of 6:49 seconds. Emily Heissler won for LaPlata in 6:22. Stephanie Elsea was
sixth in the girls’ 400m dash in 1:16.59 seconds.

   Cierra Hines was sixth in the 300m hurdles (61.55 seconds) while
Stephanie Elsea was eighth at 1:08.98 seconds. Chloe Sykes ran the 3200 meters
in 15:49.30 seconds good for second place. Sykes was sixth in the girls’ 800m
run in 3:02.56 seconds.

   Novinger scored 174 points to win the boy’s conference championship.
LaPlata was second at 125 followed by Bevier at 82 points. Linn County was
fourth at 71 points. Brashear took fifth with 60 points.

   Green City (58), Atlanta (52.5), Bucklin (22.5) and Macon County
rounded out the boys’ conference team standings.

   Jay Scudder brought home a bronze medal boy’s discus at 102’2”.
Cory Smith was first at 15’6.5” followed by Novinger’s Nick Billington at 104’
½” Taren Treasure placed sixth for Brashear in the shot put at 30’101”. Cory
Smith’s winning shot put toss was 37’5.5”. Brent Potter was second for the
Wildcats at 34’1”.

   Brashear was third in the boys’ 3200m relay race at 9:59.90 seconds.
Nick Thomas was seventh for Brashear in the boy’s 110m hurdles in 21.83
seconds. Thomas placed eighth in the 300m hurdles at 55.32 seconds. Daniel
Anderson was fifth in the boy’s 100m dash in 12.44 seconds and eighth in the
200 meters at 26.63 seconds..

   Joseph Woods won a bronze medal in the 1600m run with a time of
5:12.50 seconds. Birdie Buck’s winning time was 5:05 seconds. Justin Hazen was
fifth at 5:29 seconds. Joseph Woods was seventh in the boy’s 400m dash in 59.97

   Joseph Woods was fourth in the 800 meters I 2:21.50 seconds.
Nick Thrasher won the 800m run for Bevier in 2:11.94 seconds. Brashear was
sixth in the boys’ 4x400m relay in 4:43.47 seconds.

   Birdie Buck won the metric two mile in 11:25.04 seconds. Justin
Hazen was second at 11:38.80 seconds. Andy Belzer was sixth for Brashear at
14:17.15 seconds.

   Complete Tri-County Conference junior high and high school track
results are posted on the Internet at