Monroe City senior Jordan Bichsel leaped to the state title in the long jump Friday afternoon at the Class 2 championships in Jefferson City.
Jordan Bichsel sure has made the most of his first season of high school track and field.
The Monroe City senior leaped to the state title in the long jump Friday afternoon at the MSHSAA Class 2 championships in Jefferson City with a winning distance of 21 feet, 10 ½ inches.
Bichsel's strong showing boosted the Monroe City boys to first place through Day 1 of the finals with 26 team points, leading second-place Woodland (24) and a pair of squads tied for third at 16.
Day 2 of the meet is scheduled for Saturday.
Senior Logan Minter finished second in the discus to earn all-state honors with an attempt of 157 feet, four inches. Sophomore Dominic Sprague placed tenth in the event with a distance of 127 feet, nine inches.
Junior Parker Yager posted a second place all-state finish in the pole vault by clearing 14 feet, improving upon ninth place last season. Sophomore Logan Maher vaulted 12 feet to take 11th.
Minter placed ninth in the javelin with a throw of 140 feet.
Monroe City sophomore McKenzie West earned fourth place with a throw of 118 feet, six inches in the girls javelin contest to make the podium.
West's performance helped put the Monroe City girls in third place in the team standings through Day 1 with 11 points. New Covenant Academy and Lafayette County are tied at 26 for first.
A pair of Lady Panthers freshmen shined to earn all-state medals.
Bailey Hays earned fifth place in the 3,200 meters in 12:20.29, while Lila Yager cleared eight feet, 11 inches to place seventh in the pole vault, capping her first season with a trip to the podium.
Lauren Youngblood, Rachel Smith, Hays and Emilie Okenfuss raced to 10th place in the 4x800 meter girls relay with a time of 10:27.97, just more than three seconds off medal pace.