Fifteen Republic athletes advanced to the state sectionals with top-four finishes at the district track meet in Nixa Saturday. Eleven girls advanced in a total of eight events, and four boys advanced in a total of three events. Two school records fell along the way.
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Last spring, Lauren O’Hara had tied a 40-year-old long jump record held by Kellie Cole, jumping 17’3″. O’Hara blew away the old record Saturday, beating it by nearly half a foot, with a leap of 17′ 8 3/4″.
The girls 4×400 meter relay team also broke a long-standing school record in convincing fashion. Lawson Tunnell, Delaney Smith, Avy Powell-Qualo, and Jasmyn Douglas ran their race in 4:07.53, shattering the 24-year-old record of 4:11.67. That record had been held by Krista Dake, Wendi Hobbs, Glenna Mooneyham, and current Lady Tigers track coach Tori Mooneyham.
Jasmyn Douglas won a district championship in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.13.
Kaitlyn Ragsdale advanced in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 49.20.
The 4×100 meter relay team of Delaney Smith, Kaitlyn Ragsdale, Lauren O’Hara, and Avy Powell-Qualo finished third at 51.34.
The 4×400 meter relay team of Jasmyn Douglas, Avy Powell-Qualo, Lawson Tunnell and Delaney Smith finished third with a time of 4:07.53.
The 4×800 meter relay team of Jazzy Kirby, Chloe Burton, Jade Kirby, and Morgan McGuire finished first with a time of 10:27.98.
Avy Powell-Qualo finished second in the high jump at 5’4″.
Reese Watkins won the pole vault with a height of 9’3″.
Lauren O’Hara finished second in the long jump at 17′ 8 3/4″.
Skyler Owen won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.07. He also finished second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.88.
The 4×100 meter relay team of Dylan Brown, Chase Liedtke, Jake Jones, and Skyler Owen finished fourth with a time of 43.98.
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