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Area Class 1-2 athletes in good position to score state track and field medals

Area Class 1-2 athletes in good position to score state track and field medals

May 19th, 2017 by News Tribune in Sports Prep
Makenzie Schwartz of Russellville competes in the 100-meter hurdles at the Class 2 sectional meet in last Saturday in Russellville. It is one of four events Schwartz in which Schwartz advanced to state.

Makenzie Schwartz of Russellville competes in the 100-meter...

Photo by Marty Beck

Chances are Russellville's Makenzie Schwartz will be one of the busiest athletes at the Class 1-2 State Track and Field Championships, which begins this morning at Adkins Stadium.

Schwartz will be running in four preliminary events today, starting with the 100-meter hurdles at 11:30 a.m. and finishing with the 200-meter dash at 3:10 p.m. Between those, she'll compete in the 100-meter dash at 12:05 p.m. and the 300-meter hurdles at 2:30 p.m. The finals for those events are Saturday.

Schwartz may have the best chance at a state title in the 100 hurdles, an event in which she's seeded second.

Russellville will have a total of five individuals and four relays in the Class 2 championships.

Harrison Frank will highlight the boys' team today, being seeded first in the 800. Franks is also part of the top-seeded 4x800-meter relay team, which runs Saturday.

Also in Class 2, Eugene, Linn, New Bloomfield, South Callaway and Tipton will all have multiple athletes in action.

The Eugene girls have a pair of relay teams (4x400, 4x800) entering as the No. 1 seed.

Between the boys and girls teams, Eugene has six individuals and three relays in the meet.

For Linn, Harley Nale will attempt to finish in the top-3 in the 800 for the third straight year. She's seeded second in the event, which is Saturday.

Nale, who is one of eight Linn individuals competing in the state meet, will run in the 400 and 4x400 relay preliminaries today.

New Bloomfield will have four individuals and four relays, led by the boys 4x400, which is seeded second.

Ten individuals and two relays will be in action for South Callaway, while Tipton will have two individual athletes and four relays competing during the two-day meet.

In Class 1, Chamois' Lucas Kuhn could earn two state titles. He'll run in the preliminaries of the 110 hurdles at 11:50 a.m. and the 300 hurdles at 2:45 p.m. He's seeded first and second, respectively, in those events. The finals in both events will be Saturday.

Jamestown will have two boys and a girl competing, while St. Elizabeth's Shanley Kliethermes will be in contention for a medal in the girls pole vault Saturday.