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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Richmond track team had its hands full competing at the Class 3, Sectional 4 meet in Excelsior Springs Saturday. In addition to the cool and wet conditions, the Spartans and Lady Spartans were one of the smallest teams competing in the last qualifying meet on the way to state.
The Lady Spartans finished fifth in two events – one spot away from moving on to this weekend’s Class 3 state meet in Jefferson City. The Spartans 4 x 800 relay team placed seventh in its lone event.
Senior distance runner Mary Beth Bailey took fifth place in the 1,600 and seventh in the 3,200. Bailey ran the 1,600 in 5 minutes, 39.38 seconds.
Clinton senior Nicole Lee had the winning time of 5:13.67, while Hannah Rutherford of Grandview claimed the final state-qualifying spot with a fourth-place time of 5:30.8. Bailey turned in the seventh-place time of 12:38.2 in her final race – the 3,200. Smithville’s Katie Berger was fourth with 12:08.03, while Lee won her second distance race of the day with a time of 11:35.76.
Sophomore Mallory Cole turned in a fifth-place performance in the pole vault. Cole cleared 8 feet, 6 inches to finish behind Chillicothe’s Isis Baker who finished with a height of 9 feet. Brooklyn Sisk of Clinton had the winning vault of 10-3.
Richmond junior Savannah Hamilton took sixth place in the 800 meters. Hamilton finished with 2:33.31, with Kelly Blunt of Warrensburg coming in fourth with her time of 2:26.85. Heather Hughes broke the tape in 2:26.50 for first place.