SportsMay 15, 2024
Woodland Track and Field team breaks records, advancing 14 athletes to the Missouri State Championship. The boys' team emerged victorious at Districts while the girls' team secured six event qualifications.
Hayden VanGennip starts the race with the baton for the 4x400 meter relay.
Hayden VanGennip starts the race with the baton for the 4x400 meter relay.Submitted by Alisa VanGennip
The boys 4x800 relay members circle up for their pre-race prayer.
The boys 4x800 relay members circle up for their pre-race prayer.Submitted by Alisa VanGennip

The Woodland Track and Field team qualified a record number of athletes for the Missouri State High School Athletics Association State Championship meet. After the boys team won the Class 2, District 1 meet on May 4, they prepared for the Sectional meet, a qualifier event. The top four competitors in each event earned the right to compete at State. Eight of their entries will advance to the final level of competition. The girls, who were District runners-up, advanced six events from Sectionals. These athletes will compete at State in Jefferson City on May 17-18.

Class 2, Sectional 1 - state qualifiers

Sectional champions:

  • Reed Layton- mile
  • Hayden VanGennip - 800 (new school record of 2:00.55)
  • Reed Layton, Calvin Layton, Merlin Tucker, Hayden VanGennip - 4x800 relay

Second place:

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  • Reed Layton- 2 mile
  • Millie Bazzell - pole vault

Third place:

  • Calvin Layton - 2 mile
  • Harlie Hinkle - discus

Fourth place:

  • London Cureton - pole vault
  • Hannah Vawter - 100 m hurdles
  • Calvin Layton - mile
  • Harlie Hinkle - shot put
  • Kamren McCormick - javelin
  • Hayden VanGennip, Merlin Tucker, Bryer Sauls, Colby Miller - 4x400 relay
  • Presley Ridings, Shirley Hendricks, Kaydence Stause, Faith Rouggly - 4x800 relay
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