Ste. Genevieve’s track season will continue into the grand finale in six events.
Jesse Pinkley made it to state in two events, including his strongest event, seven of his teammates also qualified for the state meet, and the Dragons finished the Class 3 Sectional 1 meet at Hillsboro with 73 points.
"I was real excited," said Ste. Genevieve head coach Kenneth Weik. "The kids performed well. A lot of best times of the year, and we got a bunch of kids through. I'm real proud of them."
Pinkley missed reaching sectionals in pole vault last year, but will be back at state in that event and in the 300-meter hurdles. He won pole vault with a height of 12 feet, 6 inches and cleared the 300m hurdles in 40.01 seconds to take second place. The state meet takes the top four finishers in each event.
"You're always proud of the kids that get through," said Weik. "When you're good at something, you get that do or die moment, which is what sectionals are. You've got to get through or you go home. It was more mental than anything else, so I think getting over that hump was big for him. I'm real happy for him."
Evan Walker will join Pinkley in the 300m hurdles as he also qualified for the 110m race as well. He won the 110-meter hurdles in 15.28 and took third in the 300m hurdles in 41.3.
Ashton Irwin will also pole vault at state as he cleared 9-6 to take third.
The 4x00m relay team of Jacob Boyer, Charles Finley, Brandon Isenman and Asa Lemons will make the trip to state as the four finished in third place with a time of 3:29.38. Lemons also had a spot in the 200m dash at sectionals, but withdrew from that race to help the relays.
Isenman clinched a spot at state in the 800m run as he finished in 2:01.39 for third.
The state qualifiers will compete at Jefferson City High School on Friday and Saturday for the Class 3 state championship meet to close out their season.
See complete coverage in the May 22 edition.