The Monroe City girls’ track team traveled to Lathrop to compete in the Class 2 Sectional 4 competition on May 11. The MC Lady Panthers placed sixth our 22 teams, with 57 points. The Lady Panthers will travel to Jefferson City High School for the 2019 MSHSAA State Track and Field Championship on May 17- 18 with six athletes.
Head Coach Laura Mulvaney stated, “It wasn’t exactly the best day for our athletes when you think of how it was cold and rainy, but the girls stepped up and performed very well.”
Qualifying for the State Competition was Bailey Hays in the 3200 meter race, Emmalee Williams in the 800 meter race. Mulvaney shared, “Our distance runners have been battling injuries and have been trying to fight through that, but they showed that a few pains wouldn’t stop them. Emmalee will be going to state in the 800m, and Bailey will be going to state for the 3rd year in a row in the 3200m.”
The 4x800 relay team of Bailey Hays, Emmalee Williams, Cearia Wardlow and Hannah Wheeler with their fasted time being 10:21.89 this season. Coach Mulvaney added, “Our 4x800 came into Saturday seeded 5th, and we told them then that they had to come out ready to compete if they wanted to move on, and that was the race to watch! They not only moved on, but went from being seeded 5th to winning in our sectionals. I’m very proud that they came out ready to compete from our first runner, Bailey, to our last, Emmalee.”
In events, McKenzie West will enter Javelin and Lila Yager will enter Pole Vault. “The weather was not ideal for throwing javelin; the runway was slick and there was a little wind, but Mack came out and did what she needed to do to make adjustments to her throw and she’ll be moving on to state,” stated Coach Mulvaney. “Lila came out on Saturday ready to do what she needed to make it on to state, even if that meant improving her personal best by a foot, and she just that.”