Nevada boys, girls place second

Sunday, May 6, 2007
Nevada junior Jake Cherry lands his first place jump in the long jump competition during the Southwest Conference meet at Testman Field in at Nevada High school.

By Joe Warren

Herald-Tribune

NEVADA, Mo. -- Nevada placed second in both boys and girls competition at the Southwest Conference track meet Friday, held at Testman Field.

The Tigers had three winners on the boys' side, and the girls won three individual events and a relay en route to runner-up status in the SWC.

Carthage handily won the boys' title with 146 points, 67 ahead of Nevada, while Neosho won the girls' title with 114 points. Nevada's Lady Tigers scored 81.5 points.

Trevor Hinkle, Mark Reed and Jacob Cherry won events on the boys' side, while Kristen Kitsmiller, Brittany Pettibon and Mariah Mock won conference titles for the girls. The girls' 4x100 relay team also won.

Taylor Means takes off on third leg of girls 4X200 relay.

Hinkle won the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 6.20 seconds, beating Neosho's Taylor Dolence by more than a full second. The Nevada junior also placed second in the 1,600 meters.

Reed won the 400 with a time of 52.98, edging Jamon Hitchcock of Carthage, who finished in 53.41.

Cherry was involved in two of the more exciting events of the day in the long jump and the triple jump.

In the long jump, Cherry trailed Carthage's Levi Taylor going into his final attempt, but cleared 20-feet, 3.50 inches to win by nearly eight inches.

The tables were turned in the triple jump, with Cherry leading Taylor by a quarter of an inch going into Taylor's final attempt. The Carthage leaper cleared 42-8.50 in his last jump to beat Cherry by a foot.

Other top three finishes for the Tigers include Dan Lovinger placing second in the 300 meter hurdles, third in the 110 hurdles and second in the high jump.

Nevada placed second, third and fourth in the pole vault, with Tyler Werner, Mitch Pent and Tim Williams all clearing 12-6.00. Werner was second, Pent third and Williams fourth based on when they cleared the height. McDonald County's Ethan Hobbs won the pole vault at 14-1.00

Pettibon won the 100 meters easily with a time of 12.87 seconds. Nevada also placed third and fourth in the event with Afton Baldwin taking third and Taylor Means fourth.

Mock slipped by Natalie Lingenfelter of Carthage and Des Reece of McDonald County to win the 200 meters, with a time of 27.28. Katelyn Brier was fourth in the event, less than a second behind.

The Lady Tigers swept the top three spots in the long jump. Kristen Kitsmiller won the event with a leap of 15-8.50. Jordan Bell was second at 15-6.00 and Erica Becker third at 15-3.50.

Other top three finishes for the Lady Tigers include Bell taking third in the 400 and Molly Ferree getting third in the high jump. Becker was third in the triple jump, while NHS had second and third in the shot put. Amanda Wilson placed second and Heidi Wilson was third.

Nevada's 4x100 team set a new Testman Field record with a time of 51.35 seconds. The Lady Tiger 4x200 team would have won easily, but they were disqualified for a bad handoff.

Nevada head coach Robert Watts expected the girls to compete well, but feels they'll have a better shot at winning the district tournament in Carl Junction this week.

"Neosho just has so many athletes, it's hard to compete with them," Watts said. "But at districts you can only take two for each event, and it's spread out among more teams, we should have a chance."

For a complete list of results from Friday's Southwest Conference track meet, see Tuesday's Daily Mail.

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