By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Hardin-Central Bulldogs had four fourth-place finishers at the Class 1 State Track Meet held Friday and Saturday at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. The four finishes helped the Dawgs to a 12th-place showing in the team standings, while Wellington-Napoleon edged Cass Midway for another team title 48-44. Rock Port was third with 41, and Missouri School for the Deaf grabbed the final team trophy with 34 points.
The Lady Bulldogs, with Macy Foster in three individual events, and two relay teams ended the two-day event in 39th with 4 points.
Wyatt Craven captured one of the fourth-place finishes for the Bulldogs. The Hardin-Central sophomore finished second in the opening heat of the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.11 seconds and was the fourth overall qualifier. In the finals, Craven crossed the line in 52.58, just .55 out of third place. Craven also ran the 200-meter dash for Hardin-Central. His time of 24.11 in the preliminaries was eighth in the first heat of the preliminaries and he did not make the finals.
Hank Bowers made the finals in the 300-meter hurdles as he turned in a time of 41.48 in the preliminaries, which was good for fourth overall. In the finals on Saturday, the Bulldog senior crossed the line in 42.01 and finished in fourth place.
Clif Kugler brought home another fourth-place medal for Hardin-Central with his performance in the high jump. The freshman cleared 6 feet, 2 inches with John Spiking of King City taking third with a height of 6-6. Rock Port’s Eric Duncan took first with 6-8.