Spartans, Lady Spartans fourth at Hamann meet

The Richmond track teams had one of their better meets of the season Tuesday as they traveled across the river to participate in the Annual Bill Hamann Invitational at Lexington High School.
The Spartans placed fourth with 63 points, while the Lady Spartans also placed fourth with 47 points.
Grain Valley captured first place in the boys’ events with 108 points, while Higginsville was the runner-up with 91.
Higginsville’s 120 points was enough to take the girls’ competition with Grain Valley finishing with 102 points for second.
Richmond’s Arthur Bivines and D’Andre Williams placed one-two in the long jump, with Bivines turning in the winning leap of 19 feet, 6 1/2 inches. Williams finished at 19-1. Williams held the edge in the triple jump with a winning distance of 41-3, while Bivines placed fourth with 38-6 3/4.
Bivines also finished fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.84
Jake Halterman was second in the shot put with a toss of 43-8.
Richmond had two other second-place finishes for the afternoon as Stephen Smith ran the 3,200 meters in 11:25.56, and Cody Gorham was timed in 4:49.35 in the 1,600 meters. Gorham also finished fourth in the 800 meters with his time of 2:11.
The Spartan 400 relay team of Bivines, Williams, Luke Casebolt and Preston Maples finished second with a time of 48.10, while the 3,200 grouping of Gorham, Luke Bailey, Damon Goodall and Smith turned in a third-place time of 9:20.13.
Deanna Barger captured the Lady Spartans’ lone first-place medal for the afternoon when she won the 3,200-meter run with a time of 13:42.36. Amanda Powell was the runner-up in the 300-meter low hurdles with her time of 55.34.
Savanna Nobile was second in the pole vault with a height of 7-6, and she also finished third in the 800 meters with her time of 2:44.50.
Hannah Alpers turned in the third-place time of 6:10.91 in the 1,600 meters, and Kaylie Root placed third in the 100-meter dash with 14.05, while LaToya Johnson finished fourth in the 200 meters with 30.15.
Two relay teams finished third for Richmond. The 3,200 team of Alpers, Barger, Whitney Martens and Johnson clocked in 11:38.56, and the 1,600 meter squad of Alpers, Alyson Bradley, Root and Nobile timed in 4:44.54.

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