By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Richmond’s Mary Beth Bailey continued her outstanding senior track season Friday afternoon at the Mineral Water Classic in Excelsior Springs. Bailey added another school record to her resume when she grabbed first place in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5 minutes, 26.52 seconds to better Stephanie Smith’s old mark of 5:34. Bailey’s time also set a new meet record as well.
Bailey also added an individual third-place finish along with a fourth-place in a relay event as the Lady Spartans placed seventh in the 15-team field. Richmond totaled 44 points, just 3 points behind sixth-place Penney of Hamilton. Lawson took first place with 94.5 points to edge runner-up Kearney by 13 points. Chillicothe grabbed third with 80, followed by Excelsior Springs with 69 and Maryville with 53.
Bailey also had a third-place finish in the 3,200 with her time of 12:15.61. She finished behind two Kearney runners – Jessi Allen (11:50.83) and Anne Wood (12:06.79).
Freshman Sherri Doss took third place in the 200-meter dash with 27.69, behind KC Center’s Mikayla Dudley in 26.67 and Nikki Smith of Lawson in 27.23. Doss also crossed the line in 13.50 to take seventh in the 100-meter dash.
Paige O’Doniel took fifth place for Richmond in the discus with her throw of 95 feet, 9 inches. Elizabeth Windsor had a leap of 31-6 ¾ for a seventh-place showing in the triple jump and then had a distance of 13-9 ½ to finish 15th in the long jump.
Savannah Hamilton took eighth place in the 800 for Richmond with her time of 2:35.29, and Kenzie Maddox ran the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 19.02 to take seventh place in that event. Caitlynn Payton cleared 4-6 to take eighth in the high jump. Jocelyn Caldwell took ninth place in the 1,600 for Richmond when she crossed the line in 6:12.72.
The Lady Spartan 4 x 800 team had the top relay finish. Bailey, Hamilton, Caldwell and Windsor combined to take fourth place with a time of 10:34.28.
The complete story is in the Monday, April 28, 2014 Richmond News.