Kearney, Mo., June 2, 2023: It’s time for the Bulldogs to raise another banner.
The Kearney High School Girls Track and Field team garnered gold with 52 points in the Class 4 state championships on May 26-27 in Jefferson City. This is the first time in school history that the girls’ team has won state in that sport.
“I thought this season could have the potential to be something very special for a tough group of girls,” Head Coach Geoff Hutton said. “They remained focused all spring, taking it week by week and meet by meet. This group of athletes had all of their dreams and hard work come to fruition.”
KHS scored individual championship points in the 4×800 Relay (Jadyn Barnes, Jordin Vaughn, Liela Murphy, Caitlyn Wood). Eva Lawless repeated as the champion in the Triple Jump, and Jadyn Barnes once again claimed the gold medal in the 800.
The KHS Boys Track and Field team took third place with 47 points, evidence of their ongoing dominance as a Track and Field powerhouse after last year’s state championship. They were paced by Zach Grace and Luke Noland with 12 points apiece.
“I cannot express how proud I am of these boys and this senior class,” Head Coach Scott Crall said. “I thank them for everything that they have given to this school, community, and program. Not only are they phenomenal talents in track and field, but they are amazing young men that will be positive men in our society. It’s hard to say goodbye to this group, but we have great kids ready to fill the roles for years to come, and I am very excited for the coming years!”
As they arrived back in their hometown, the Bulldogs were escorted by the Kearney Police Department and Kearney Fire and Rescue Protection District to KHS late on Saturday, May 27. Boosters lined the route cheering on the two teams as they drove by in their buses. All of this year’s KHS Track & Field state championship competitors and coaches will be honored during the KSD Board of Education meeting on June 21.
KHS Girls Track & Field State Meet Results
State Champions (10 points each)
4×800 Relay: Jadyn Barnes, Jordin Vaughn, Liela Murphy, Caitlyn Wood
Triple Jump: Ava Lawless (second year in a row)
800: Jadyn Barnes (second year in a row)
2nd Place (8 points each)
100 HH: Ava Lawless
Long Jump: Ava Lawless
5th Place (4 points)
4×400 Relay: Jadyn Barnes, Caitlyn Wood, Liela Murphy, Addy Davis
7th Place (2 points)
Discus: Alli Poage
Pole Vault: Anna Willams
3200: Abbi McQuillen
1600: Olivia Brock
800: Jordin Vaughn
1600: Alex Kinstler
3200: Heidi Adams
KHS Boys Track & Field State Championship Results
Zach Proctor – 2nd place in the High Jump
Zach Grace – 2nd in the Discus and 5th in the Shot Put
Luke Noland – 3rd in the 110 Hurdles and 3rd in the Long Jump
Aiden Smith – 4th Place in the Javelin
Kyler Chappell – 5th-place 4x400m Relay team that is now the school record; 10th in the 800m
Joe Marshall – 5th-place school record-holding 4x400m Relay team
Grant Noland – 5th in the 300m Hurdles; 5th-place 4x400m Relay school-record team
Brock Colhour – 5th-Place 4x400m Relay school-record team