The Palmyra girls and boys track and field teams won the Jerry Ball Relays on Tuesday on the campus of Culver-Stockton College.
The Palmyra girls and boys track and field teams made it a clean sweep Tuesday at the Jerry Ball Relays on the campus of Culver-Stockton College.
The Lady Panthers tallied 131 team points — 15 better than Clarence Cannon Conference rival Clark County.
The boys amassed 165 ⅓ points, winning by 27 over second place Bowling Green.
Senior Sheyenne Anderson and sophomore Bailey Lovelace paced the Lady Panthers in the win.
Anderson raced to first place in the 100 hurdles and second in the 300 hurdles.
Anderson edged Mendon-Unity’s Kami Conry by one-hundredth of a second in the 100 hurdles, while being edged by Conry in the 300 hurdles by 17-hundredths of a second.
Lovelace won the long jump with a best mark of 15 feet, 8 inches and took second in the 100 meters with a time of 13.21.
Competing on what will be her home turf next season, Brooke Wilson — a Culver-Stockton College signee — took second place in the shot put with a heave of 34-07.
Sophie Ragar (78-6) and Lexi Arch (75-7) both set personal records in the javelin with third- and fourth-place finishes, respectively.
Lady Panthers coach Nick Koetters mentioned he was pleased with the effort from his entire team.
“This was a good win for us,” the Lady Panthers coach said. “It’s nice to be able to compete against some good teams on this side of the river like Bowling Green and Clark County as well as the teams from Illinois in Liberty, Unity and Camp Point.
“Our girls stepped up against some really good competition, so I am happy with the way they performed.”
Marion County placed 10th in the team standings with 19 points and was led by Sadie Spratt’s third-place finish in the triple jump (31-6 ½).
Mark Twain placed 11th with seven points.
On the boys side, Abe Haerr picked up a pair of blue ribbons to help the Panthers to the team title. Haerr won the 400 with a time of 55.23, which set a new personal record. Haerr took first in the high jump by clearing 5-8.
Tristan Gottman also scored well for the Panthers. Gottman racked up a trio of second-place finishes in the javelin (131-03), long jump (18-6 ½) and triple jump (38-0).
Speedster Jarom Alexander was edged in a photo finish in the 100. Alexander finished in a three-way tie for second in a time of 12.32, which was just one-hundredth of a second behind Highland’s Keetan Johnson.
Mark Twain’s Nathan Davenport also tied for second.
Alexander took home first in the 200 with a time of 23.66.
Brock Boulware and Dylan Redd picked up the other two first places for the Panthers.
Boulware won the 800 with a time of 2:10.59.
Redd tied the school record with a personal best mark of 12-6 to win the pole vault. The record is shared with his father, Darin Redd, who is an assistant coach for the Panthers.
Weston King set a personal record with a 131-08 throw in the discus, which was good for second place.
Panthers coach Shannon Haerr mentioned his team is continuing to improve as the season goes along.
“Tonight was a great showing overall for these guys,” the first-year coach said. “We are working hard to improve, daily, and it really showed tonight. We had several PRs, and it was great to see Dylan match his father’s school record.”
Mark Twain finished 10th in the team standings with 36 ⅓ points.
The Tigers were led by senior Devin Neff’s first-place finish in the 1,600 and second place in the 3,200.
For a second straight meet, Neff defeated Clark County’s Nathan Frazee in a near photo finish. Neff was clocked at 4:47.49 — just four-tenths of a second ahead of his rival.
Frazee won the 3,200.
Jace Barton placed fourth in the 400 with a time of 56.75 for the Tigers.