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Lady Bears Place 4th, Bears 5th In SCA Conference Meet Here Monday

The Ava track squad attended the Willow Springs Relays on Monday, April 28 in spite of not attending school that day due to power outages. Medals were awarded to the top five individuals in each event and the top three in relays.
Boys’ Events
In the 110 hurdles, Bryan Withers placed 4th with a 19.75, his fastest time of the season.  Bryan also placed 3rd in the long jump with 16’2.”
Jordan Dimirsky placed 4th in the 1600 with a time of 5:07.6. Jordan also placed 4th in the 800 meter run.  His time was 2:16.9.
The 4×100 meter relay, the team of Eli Maggard,  Lloyd Rideoutte, Colton Overcast and Cody Johnson ran a 52.0 and  placed 3rd.
In the 200 meter open Kane Thompson placed 1st with a time of 24.44 seconds. In the discus throw, Thompson got 3rd with a 111’0.”
Caleb Stillings placed 3rd in the 3200 meter run with a time of 11:04.
Girls’ Events
In the mile run, Bailey Ray placed 4th with a new personal record of 6:26 minutes.  Also in the mile run, Kayla Cooper PR’d with a 6:32 to place 5th.
In the 300 meter hurdles, Gabi Loeber placed 4th with a time of 1:04.  That was a PR for  Gabi. Ruby Kilgore also medaled in the  300 with a 1:05.
In the 3200 meters, Kayla Cooper ran it for the first time this season and placed 3rd with a 15:01.
Cooper placed 3rd in the high jump with a jump of 4’4.”
SCA Track Championship were held at Ava’s new facilities on Monday. All SCA schools attended except for Thayer which does not have a track program.
Liberty boys dominated the meet earning 161 points, Mountain Grove placed 2nd with 153 points, Salem placed 3rd with 100 points, Willow Springs had 91 points for 4th, Ava Bears placed 5th with 43 points, Cabool was 6th with 7 points, Houston had 1 point to place 7th.
Salem girls won the conference meet for the 2nd year in a row with 114 points. In 2nd place was Willow Springs with 103 points.  In 3rd place was Mountain Grove with 96 points. The Ava Lady Bears were very close with 92 points for 4th place.  Cabool placed 5th with 59 points and in 6th was Houston with 41 points. In 7th place was Liberty with 35 points.
Points were awarded to the top six places in each event. Medals were given to 1st and 2nd places, and a certificate for 3rd.
Athletes who placed first earned the title of 1st team SCA  All-Conference. Second place finishers make up 2nd team all-SCA and 3rd place is honorable mention all-conference.
The following Ava athletes earned all conference status:
In the boys division: junior Kane Thompson placed 3rd in the open 200 with a new career PR of 23.17.
Sophomore Caleb Stillings placed 2nd in the 3200 meters with a time of 11:04.
The 4×800 team of Stillings, sophmore Logan Sicilia, freshman Jacob Luebbering, and senior Jordan Dimirsky placed 3rd with a time of 9:18.
In the girls division, these Lady Bears earned all conference honors:
The 4×800 meter relay team of sophomore Bailey Ray, junior Megan Cooper, freshmen Cera Longino and sophomore Kayla Cooper placed 1st with a time of 11:48, out-lasting the 2nd place team, Salem, by 42 seconds.
In the 1600 meter run, Bailey Ray placed 2nd with a time of 6:41 and Kayla Cooper placed 3rd with a time of 6:49.
In the 3200, those same two girls placed 1st and 2nd, running neck and neck the entire race.  Ray finished with a time of 14:58.10  with Cooper was close behind by less than one second with a time of  14:59.00.
The 4×400 relay, the team of Longino, Megan Cooper, Loeber, and junior Kim Copeland ran for 3rd place with a time of 4:57.
Megan Cooper placed 3rd in the high jump with a new PR of 4’6.”
Maranda Yost won the shot put for the 2nd year in a row.  Yost set a new career PR in the shot with 31’9” to make her conference champ. She also won the discus  this year with a throw of 88’11.”
Listed below are the Ava athletes that earned points in the meet:
In the 100 meters, Kane Thompson placed 6th with a time of 11:45. Thompson also placed 4th in the discus throw, with his best throw of the season of 112’3″, and Thompson placed 6th in the long jump with a leap of 19’1.5.”
The 4×200 relay, the team of Eli Maggard, Jacob Luebbering, Lloyd Rideoutte and Cypress Phillips placed 6th. Their time was 1:46.23.
Jordan Dimirsky placed 6th in the open 800 meter run with a time of 5:12.
The 4×100 team of Eli Maggard, Cody Johnson, Colton Overcast and Lloyd Rideoutte ran a season’s best time of 50.50 seconds to place 5th.
In the open 400 meters, Logan Sicilia ran his fastest of the season with a 56.12 to place 6th.
Bryan Withers improved his time in the 300  meter hurdles by more than 3 seconds for a new PR to place 5th with a time of 46.16 seconds. Withers also placed 5th in the triple jump, setting a new PR of 36’.5.”
In the 4×400 relay, the team of Logan Sicilia, Lloyd Rideoutte, Dustin Womack and Jordan Dimirsky ran a 3:48, improving their time by 9 seconds.
Womack placed 6th in the high jump with jump of 5’0” even.
In the pole vault, freshman Blake Litwiller and sophomore Kevin Mangan tied for 5th, vaulting 8 feet.
The Lady Bears who earned points in the SCA meet included:
Sophomore Hailey Herrell placed 6th in the open 100 meter dash with a time of 13.92.  Herrell also placed 6th in the long jump with a new PR of 13’4.”
The 4×100 team of Herrell, Megan Cooper, Copeland, and freshman Sandra Buff placed 4th with a new PR for the season of 57.16.
The 4×200 team of Herrell, Copeland, Buff and sophomore Ruby Kilgore placed 6th with a time of 2:06.
In the 300 meter hurdles, Kilgore got a new PR of 1:02.9 to place 5th.
Gabi Loeber placed 6th in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 1:04.5. Loeber also placed 5th in the high jump with 4’2”, her best of the season.
Bailey Ray took 5th in the open 800 meter run with a time of 2:56.
In the pole vault, Sandra Buff vaulted 5’0 to place 5th.
District track will be held at Carl Junction on Saturday May 17. The top four in each event will advance to the Sectionals on May 24, and from Sectionals the top four then advance on to the state meet held in Jefferson City on Friday and Saturday, May  30 and 31.

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