It would be an understatement to say the weather conditions weren't ideal Wednesday afternoon during the Monroe City Relays at Lankford Field.
That didn't stand in the way of fun for the five schools competing, including Monroe City, Palmyra and Mark Twain.
"The kids came out even in nasty conditions and competed," Monroe City boys coach David Kirby said. "The big thing was we knew the weather was going to be kind of bad. But once it started, you started seeing the kids having fun."
The Monroe City boys and girls combined to win first place in nine events during the competition. Palmyra also won nine, while Mark Twain placed first in two.
For non-relay events, each team's top three scores were combined to determine winners.
Monroe City's Blake Hays, Zacharee Osborn, Jordan Bichsel and Dalton McAfee teamed up to take first in the 4x100 meter relay with a time of 46.55 seconds. Hays, Osborn, McAfee and C.E. Talton then took first in the 4x400 in 3:42.22.
The Monroe City boys also finished first in the long jump, triple jump and high jump.
Bichsel (21-03.25), Osborn (19-02.50) and Talton (19-00.25) teamed up for a winning score of 59-06.00 in the long jump. In the triple jump, Osborn (40-09.75), Talton (40-06.00) and Michael Speaks (37-02.25) combined for the top total. Speaks (5-06.00), McAfee (5-04.00) and Bichsel (5-02.00) also combined to win the high jump event.
The Monroe City girls 4x400 meter relay squad of Lauren Youngblood, Emily Birt, Rachel Smith and Emilie Okenfuss won first place with a time of 4:45.46.
In the shot put, Ananiah Talton (36-06.50), Kadi Minter (28-00.00) and Haleigh St. Clair (27-07.50) teamed up for first place, while Talton, St. Clair and Katie Hoover teamed up for a first-place team score of 228-04 in the discus.
Lila Yager, McKenzie West and Ava Gottman each recorded pole vault heights of 7 feet even to combine for a winning total of 21.
"Not always the best times or jumps, but we still came out and were able to compete and do that best that we can," Monroe City girls coach Laura Mulvaney said of her team.
Perhaps the most exciting event of the day was the co-ed throwers relay, an unconventional competition that thrusts each team's throwers from the field onto the track.
Palmyra's Brooke Wilson, Alana Comstock, Steven Walker and Daniel Lehenbauer teamed together to win the 4x100 race in 57.36 seconds.
"Throwers relay is always one of our favorites to watch just because it's something they don't get to do often so there is always a lot of trash talk and they take it serious," Palmyra girls coach Nick Koetters said. "We were a little worried watching Daniel come down the final 100. He had his mouth open and we weren't sure if he would make it the whole way. But he brought us back from maybe third or fourth to win the event."
Mark Twain's Dalton Hill, Miguel Mendez, Haley Branham and Elizabeth Branham placed third in the special race, while Monroe City's St. Clair, Logan Minter, Dennis Politte and Ananiah Talton landed in fourth.
"It got everybody pumped up and jacked a little bit," Kirby said. "They were all excited. That race has more strategy than any other race."
The Palmyra boys won the 4x800 meter relay in 8:54.70 with a team of Brock Boulware, Evan Barnett, Brett Griesbaum and Garrett Illa.
The Palmyra male throwers swept the shot put and discus. Lehenbauer (43-06.50), Walker (41-08.00) and Justice Burbridge (36-05.00) earned top honors in the shot put, while Jackson Lundberg (96-11) joined Lehenbauer (162-03) and Walker (99-01) to win the discus.
Also for the Palmyra boys, Dylan Redd (11 even), Trenton Manning (10-06.00) and Connor Roberts (10-06.00) won the team pole vault with a combined total of 32 feet.
The Palmyra girls placed first in the triple jump with a score of 86 feet. Sheyenne Anderson (28-11.75) led the way and was followed by Kendra Maples (28-11.00) and Kelli Ryals (28.01.50).
Braylnn Kerley (4-06.00), Hattie Haerr (4-04.00) and Kierston Holstine (4-02.00) teamed up for top honors in the high jump with a combined total of 13 feet.
In the girls sprint medley relay, Palmyra's Bailey Lovelace, Delanie Fohey, Grace Watson and Kerley won first in 2:08.07.
For Mark Twain, Jace Barton, Andrew Ogle, Brayden McLeod and Devin Neff teamed up to win first in the distance medley relay with a time of 12:52.77.
The Lady Tigers group of Sylvia Astorino, McKenzie Lathrom, Kelsey Kendall and Maddy Ford raced to a first-place time of 11:41.60 in the 4x800 meter relay.