Bruin track and field teams dominate Kansas City competition

Emily Wright

Sophomores Crystalyn Wyatt and Evan Schaffer prepare to jump during practice this week. Photo by Paige Fanguy

The perfect 60 degree weather featuring clear skies foreshadowed the boys and girls track meet in Kearney, Mo. Thursday, April 5. Both teams made dominated the competition in the Kansas City area when they swept the Kearney Classic.
The girls team scored 144.5 points, beating second place Lincoln College Prep by 47.5 points; the boys team finished with 142 points over second place Ruskin.
The lady Bruins started the meet off with a first place finish by the 4×800 meter relay team of senior Mackenzie Schimpf, freshman Kayla Funkenbusch, senior Sam Garrett and junior Megan Schulte with a winning time of 9:55.
In the 100 meter hurdles, junior Mallory Short  won with a time of 15.61. Short picked up a second win in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 49.76. The girls 4×200 meter relay team of freshman Makayla Jones, junior Christina Oyelola, junior Hailey King and sophomore Taylor McDannold also won with a time of 1:47.62, beating second place Lincoln College Prep by four seconds.
The girls illustrated their depth in the field events with a first place finish by sophomore Madison Wipfler in the long jump with a jump of 16 feet, eight inches.
Similarly, the boys also began their successful meet off with a win in 4×800 meter relay. The team of senior Jordan Cook, sophomore Zach Cook, senior Nick Dale and senior Collin Sees won with a time of 8:10, beating second place Raymore Peculiar by 12 seconds. Jordan Cook continued to place first in the 1600 meter run with a  time of 4:30, followed by second place teammate senior Caleb Wilfong who ran a time of 4:31.
The distance team added another first place finish as junior Nathan Keown placed first in the 3200 meter run with a time of 9:44.
On the field, senior Daniel Brennan placed first in the triple jump with a jump of 44 feet, two and three-fourths inches.
During their powerful performance, the Bruins were able to compete in an atmosphere similar to post-season meets, giving them an idea of where they stand in the state. They hope that they can continue to improve as they compete weekly.
“The purpose was to get some times for our athletes against good competition that we could possible see in districts,” senior Nicole Montgomery said. “We all executed really well considering it’s the beginning of the season. Rock Bridge athletes had a strong showing.”
Next week, the varsity track and field teams will compete Friday, April 13 at the Ray-Pec Varsity invite and Saturday, April 14 at the Capital City Relays.
By Emily Wright