Underclassmen combined to win five individual events for the Monroe City girls track and field team Thursday during a home open meet.
An up-and-coming wave of talent was on full display for the Monroe City girls track and field team Thursday during a home open meet against a field of eight other schools at Lankford Field.
Three sophomore standouts combined to win five individual events for the Lady Panthers, who also claimed first in three relays.
Lauren Youngblood raced to first place in the 200 meters with a time of 29.12 seconds and set a personal record to win the 400 in 1:05.36.
Bailey Hays claimed the best time in the 1,600 in 5:57.02. She also ran to first in the 3,200 in 12:34.30, crossing the finish line nearly 30 seconds before the next runner.
Lila Yager earned first in the pole vault by clearing 8 feet.
“Our younger athletes have really stepped up,” Monroe City coach Laura Mulvaney said. “They've done really well. It was a good night for our kids to have a confidence builder right before we start our big invites.”
The host Lady Panthers secured the rest of their victories in relays.
Lauren Smith, Riley Fortner, Ava Gottman and McKenzie West won the 4x200 in 2:02.96.
Smith joined Cearia Wardlow, Lexie Birt and Youngblood to win the 4x400 in 4:41.96 — beating second-place Paris by 30 seconds.
Rachel Smith, Youngblood, Wardlow and Hays ran to first in the 4x800 for Monroe City in 11:23.19.
Paris put forth the next-best team showing at the meet by winning four competitions.
Hannah Mitchell, who signed this week to continue her track and field career at Central Methodist University, led the Lady Coyotes with first place in the shot put at 35 feet, 2 inches and the discus at 123 feet, 10 inches.
Kaylee Mitchell won the long jump for Paris with a best attempt of 14 feet, 8 ¾ inches, while teammate Maariko Williams leaped to first in the triple jump at 31 feet, 3 ¼ inches.
Zoe Miller posted the best finish for Mark Twain with third in the 1,600 in 6:15.64. Aly Francis of Paris placed second in 6:15.13.
Earning runner-up individual finishes for Monroe City were West (100), Wardlow (long jump) and Skyler Kauble (100 hurdles).
Third-place finishes for Paris included Kaylee Mitchell (200, 400), Francis (3,200), Williams (pole vault) and Breanna Hamilton (discus).
Wardlow (800) and Birt (high jump) recorded third-place showings for Monroe City.