Dragons Nab 4th In 4×800

By ERIC X. VICCARO

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JEFFERSON CITY — Normally one doesn’t associate speed with a 4×800-meter relay squad.

However, that’s exactly what happened during the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 3 state meet at Adkins Stadium on May 29.

Five teams blazed in with sub 8-minute, 19-second times in this highly competitive 4×800 relay.

Ste. Genevieve placed fourth overall, with a time of 8 minutes, 18.25 seconds, a superb effort.

“It was a fast race,” Ste. Genevieve head coach Corey Samples noted. “The kids competed well, and did as well as they could.”

Samples said there were plenty of “fast legs” out there.

East Newton was the gold-medal standard with a time of 8:10.25, followed by Hermann at 8:14.49 and Whitfield School (8:15.19). Lutheran St. Charles was the fifth school to achieve the feat (8:18.43).

Samples said the Dragons didn’t establish a new school record; however, Mineral Area College-bound senior Devin St. Clair, junior Levi Wiegand and Nathan St. Clair and sophomore Taylen Bader found a lofty spot on the podium.

Those shiny medals look fine, too.

That was the high point of the day for Ste. Genevieve’s boys, who scored five points and finished in a four-way tie among the team standings — deadlocked with conference rival Park Hills Central, Lutheran South, Oak Grove and Mount Vernon.