Werner wins state Class 3 shot put title, sets record
Nevada High School's senior shotputters tallied all of the Tigers' points on the first day of the MSHSAA Class 3 Track and Field Championships at Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City, Mo., on Friday. New state record holder Traci Werner, bound for Pittsburg State University next fall, captured the gold in the women's shot put for 10 points, which placed the Lady Tigers in a tie for fourth in the women's team standings after day one. Chris Carsten, who will continue his career at the University of Missouri-Rolla next season, placed fourth in the men's shot, good for five points. Carsten's points put Nevada in a tie for 16th place after the first day's action. Tiger junior distance runner Jon Emery finished 11th in the 800-meter run. Emery was clocked at 2:01.33. The winning time of 1:55.68 was turned in by Potosi senior Marcus Walton. Nevada men's 400 and 800-meter relay teams failed to qualify with 15th-place finishes in the preliminaries. The men's 1,600 relay team, with a 14th-place finish, also failed to qualify for the final, as did the women's 400 relay squad, which finished 16th. The top-eight preliminary placers qualify for the final and the top eight placers in each event medal. The meet resumes on Saturday, with discus thrower Luke Clark and pole vaulter Brent Chapman competing.