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Ray athletes bring back state track medals

Stet’s Chris Desselle qualified for three events at the Class 1 state meet held this weekend at Dwight Reed Stadium in Jefferson City. The senior Cardinal came back home with a pair of gold medals to highlight a pretty good weekend for Ray County athletes in the state capital.
Desselle took first place in the long jump and the triple jump, while finishing fifth in the high jump. His leap of 21 feet, 4 3/4 inches on the opening day of the meet Friday was good enough to win the long jump, before coming back later in the day to capture fifth in the high jump with a leap of 6-2. His height tied five others, but was awarded fifth based on the least amount of missed jumps. On Saturday, Desselle leaped 42-7 1/4 to take first in the triple jump by just over an inch over the runner-up, Aric Luman of Novinger.
Desselle’s efforts were enough to give Stet an 11th-place team finish with 24 points. Chamois took first with 48 points.
Hardin-Central’s Luke Milligan finished eighth in the shot put. The Bulldog senior, who placed ninth in the same event last year, moved up one notch this spring with a distance of 44-11. Milligan then came back on Saturday to take third place in the discus with a toss of 141-7, which was about 3-feet behind the winning distance. Orrick sophomore Cam McGlothlin finished 11th in the finals with a distance of 124-8, after throwing 134-1 in the preliminaries.
Hardin-Central had two Lady Bulldogs qualify for the state pole vault. Senior Brianne McGuire cleared 6-6 to finish 12, while sophomore teammate Allison Oyler failed to clear the opening height.
The Orrick Lady Bearcats earned 16 points for the two-day event to place in a three-way tie for 16th spot. Southwest of Ludlow took home the Class 1 girls’ team title with 48 points – 4 points ahead of the runner-up, Mound City.
Orrick sophomore Brooke Endsley brought home a second-place medal in the high jump. Her leap of 5-1, was just one inch off the winning height turned in by freshman Jessica Redd of Marion County. Elizabeth Clark finished fifth in the shot put. The Orrick senior threw 34-3 3/4 in the finals after a toss of 34-1 1/2 in the preliminaries.
Sophomore Kristee Harris qualified for the 300-meter hurdles, but her time of 52.81 in the preliminaries, was not enough to make the finals.
The Lady Bearcats also sent a pair of relay teams to state. The 4 x 400 team of Harris, Bailee Jeffries, Leslie LaFavor and Megan Swartz ran a time of 4:27.93 in the preliminaries, but could not make the finals.
The same group also ran the 4 x 800 on Friday, and placed fifth with a time of 10:26.65.
PHOTO: Orrick sophomore Leslie LaFavor (431) carries the baton for the Lady Bearcat 4 x 400 relay team during the Class 1 state meet held Friday and Saturday in Jefferson City. (Photo courtesy of Colby Gordon/Carrollton Democrat)

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