The Rams are coming off a great last two meets. Last weekend the boys and girls teams finished in the top 10 overall as they hosted the Ladue Brusca/Strobach Invitational. The meet was one of the largest and most competitive in the region with just around 70 teams. It was also senior day, as 23 seniors were recognized for their contributions to the program.
Last night the Rams continued to round into form at the 86th Annual Clayton Marion Freeman Invitational. The veterans did their jobs as expected, turning into great performances including Collin Clark (1st place @ 800m), Levi Gibfried (1st place in Pole Vault), Lila Bensky (1st place @ 1600m, 2nd place @ 3200m), Dale Chesson (4th place @ 200m), Raiven Hamilton (7th place in shot put), Trey Fruend (7th in 1600m), Nick Fiacco (6th in discus).
The night was made special by the performances of the underclassman, many just getting used to varsity competition. Freshman Virginia Schulte came up big, placing 6th in the 1600m run and 3rd in the 800m. Right behind her in the 800 was sophomore Diya Diwakaran, scoring an 8th place finish. Fellow sophomore Samantha Fischer tied her personal best in the pole vault, taking the silver medal in the event. In her varsity debut, sophomore Nariah Moorer ran a four second personal best in the 400m dash to score points with a 7th place finish. Freshman Chrissy Davis just missed scoring in the 100m dash. On the boys side, sophomore John Martin took home bronze in the 1600m run.
All of the great individual performances came together for relay success. The boys 4x800m relay (Colin Clark, Markeith Crawford, Nick Cunningham, John Martin) won the event and ran the second fastest time in the state for Class 4. The girls 4x800m relay team of Diya Diwakaran, Lena Liang, Danielle Zhang, and Kendall Connors ran well and earned a 5th place medal. The girls 4x200m relay (Kaelyn Tobias, Andie Stern, Paris Hamilton, Kayliah Motes) followed up last week’s seasonal best with a 3rd place finish. Next up was the girls 4x100m relay team (Hamilton, Tobias, Kiara Crawford, Mariah Standifer) who also picked up bronze medals.
The meet was capped off by the 4x400m relay under the lights, with strong performances from both squads, as they wore their signature “4×4” uniforms. The girls ran an exciting race and finished in 2nd place (Kayliah Motes, Kaelyn Tobias, Nariah Moorer, Andie Stern). The ladies were just a half second off of the 10th ranked state time they ran last week. The ladies proved their depth in the event running with two different legs from last week. Fueled by the excitement of watching their teammates, the boys were up next. They also ran with two alternates on the squad, but fought a hard race and picked up a silver medal. The Rams currently rank #2 in the state for Class 4.
The Rams will cap off the regular season next Thursday & Friday at the Suburban Green Conference Championship meet.
Full Meet Results
Marion Freeman Invitational https://mo.milesplit.com/meets/337145/results/647189/formatted#.XMRqYOtKiRs
Ladue Brusca/Strobach Invitational
Photo Gallery https://mo.milesplit.com/photos/albums/43939
Class 4 State Rankings
4x400m # 2
Markeith Crawford #3 in 800m
Colin Clark #13 in the 800m
Dale Chesson #14 in 200m
Dale Chesson #16 in 100m
4x400m # 10
4x200m # 16
4x100m # 16
Lila Bensky #3 in 1600m
Lila Bensky #6 in 3200m
Ginger Schulte #21 in 800m