Lady Panthers win District Championship, Panther boys take 3rd
The Centralia Panthers track and field team brought home several medals from today’s Class 3,District 4 championships and qualified several athletes for the sectional championships next Saturday, also in Montgomery City.
The top four in every event move on to sectionals.
On the girls’ side, the Lady Panthers won with 111.5 points, holding a big lead over second-place Palmyra’s 93. Macon took third with 73.5, Bowling Green fourth with 69 and Montgomery County fifth with 63.
The Hallsville Lady Indians took seventh with 57 points.
On the boys’ side, Centralia took third with 88.5, behind second-place Montgomery’s 124 and first-place Bowling Green’s 129.
Boonville took fourth with 67.5, Southern Boone fifth with 56 and Hallsville ninth with 25.
Listen to Ben Sontheimer, CHS head track coach discuss the day here:
Among Centralia’s sectional qualifiers were: Baylee Beard, first in the shot; Bannon Moran, fourth in the shot; Kaylie Ensor, fourth, in the pole vault: Annie Robinson – 3rd and Harper Forshee – 4th, in the javelin; Grant Erisman, first in the triple jump, fourth in the javelin and 2nd in the long jump; Ellie Berendzen, third in the discus; Autumn Hawkins, third in the long jump; Toby Durant, fourth in the discus; Beau Gordon, second, pole vault; Beau Hatton, first – 110 hurdles; Harper Sontheimer, first – 300 hurdles, third – 100 hurdles; Elijah Hill, Jennings Lesher, Landon Moss and Rohan Holiman – first 4×800; Mara Davis, Annie Robinson, Morgan Ross, Jozelynn Bostick – fourth, 4×800; Shelby Lewis – second, 200 meter dash; Harper Sontheimer, Autumn Hawkins, Kaelyn Walters, Shelby Lewis – second, 4×200 relay; Shelby Lewis, second – 200 meter dash, third – 400 meter dash ; Cayden Dunn, third – 300 meter hurdles; Mara Davis, third – 300 meter hurdles; Olivia Adams, Harper Sontheimer, Annie Robinson and Shelby Lewis, second in the 4×400. Jozelynn Bostick, fourth – 3200 meter run.
Regarding medals, Sontheimer said the Panthers won by more than top-four performances. “But to be honest, some of my favorite moments, nobody notices them. “Lilly Underwood kicking in to the finish in the 1600 to move from ninth to 8th place to give the team a single point. To contribute. That’s good stuff.”