By Shawn Roney-For The Richmond News
A change of venue for Saturday’s I-70 Conference track and field championships didn’t provide any extra stress for host school Orrick, according to Bearcats boys and girls coach Jenny Miller.
Because of the Mushroom Festival, the championships were moved “at the last minute” from Richmond High School to Lafayette County High School in Higginsville, Miller said. She and her assistants “kept the kids out of that whole situation,” she said.
“We (just) told them where to be, what time the bus was leaving,” Miller stated.
Following the longer-than-planned bus ride, the Bearcats threatened to win the girls meet for a while. Through eight events, they were leading the field by seven points. Through 15 events, there were tied with St. Paul Lutheran for second. Ultimately, though, they finished fifth with 88 points – 34 points behind league champion Santa Fe.
Junior jumper, sprinter and hurdler Samantha Fulte paced Orrick by winning the triple jump, long jump and 100-meter high hurdles. Her triple jump distance of 36 feet, 6½ inches broke the school record she had set recently. She also finished second in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles.
“It’s (a) nice day,” Fulte said. “Good day to break records.”