As was the case throughout the regular season, the Spoofhound track and field teams were a dominant force at Saturday's Class 3 District 8 Meet in Excelsior Springs.
Maryville's girls beat season-long rival Chillicothe by 13 points (113.42-100.42) to win their seventh straight district title and qualified for sectionals in 11 of the 18 events. Three fifth place finishes prevented it from being 14 of 18. The Lady Hounds won three events and finished second in three others.
The Hound boys fell four points short of Liberty North for the district team title, 106-102, but advanced to sectionals in nine of the 18 events and had multiple qualifiers in two. They finished first in three events and second in four.
District champions on the girls team were senior Baylee Scarbrough (shot put), senior Jessa Stiens (pole vault) and the 4 x 200M relay unit of freshman Abby Hayes, freshman Jennifer Gullion, Stiens and senior Mikaila Wallace.
Scarbrough, Stiens, Gullion, Wallace and junior McKenzie Wallace got to sectionals in multiple events.
Scarbrough's throw of 39-6.50 won her the shot put title and she finished second in the discus with a throw of 109-2. Senior Jessica Pfost nabbed fourth place in the discus, giving the Hounds two sectional qualifiers in that event for the third straight year
Stiens cleared 9-6 for the first time all year to win the pole vault and ran third in the 400M dash in 1:03.18. She'll be involved in a total of four events at sectionals, running in the 4 x 200M relay and the 4 x 400M relay that finished second at districts.
Gullion made it through individually with a third place finish in the long jump at 16-2.50. She nearly got to sectionals in the 200M dash as well but finished fifth in 27.34.
McKenzie Wallace advanced in both hurdle events, finishing second in the 300M race to Chillicothe's Erin Gillland with a time of 45.49. She ran fourth in the 100M hurdles in 16.24. McKenzie just missed out on qualifying for sectionals in the triple jump, finishing fifth at 31-11.
Mikaila Wallace qualified in one of her two sprint events, finishing second in the 100M dash in 12.73 and sixth in the 200M dash.
Sophomore Dominique Wiedmaier paved her way to sectionals with a fourth place finish in the high jump at 4-10.
The Hounds' 4 x 200M relay finished first with a time of 1:48.22 and the 4 x 400 team of Wallace, Wallace, Sydney Rogers and Stiens finished second in 4:14.37.
Maryville's two boys district champions were Peyton Mizera and Caleb Mather.
Both, along with Treyton Burch, and Derek Stiens, made it through to sectionals in at least two events.
Mizera posted season-bests to win the triple jump (45-8) and the long jump (21-11.25).
Page 2 of 2 - Mather approached his season-best to win the shot put with a distance of 59-1.50. He placed second in the discus behind Chillicothe's Alec Whiteside with a throw of 134-6.
Burch finished third or better and qualified for sectionals in all three of his events. He came in second in the 100M (15.08) and 300M hurdles (40.16) to Liberty North sophomore Andrew Madison. In the long jump, he took third with a season-best distance of 21-2.25 to advance with Mizera.
Along with the long jump, Maryville had a pair of sectional qualifiers in the pole vault.
Stiens finished second at 13-6 and senior Troy Sherry was third at 13-0.
Stiens also ran on both of Maryville's sectional qualifying relay teams—the 4 x 200M and the 4 x 400M.
The 4 x 400 team of Joe Schreck, Stiens, Adam Thompson and Burch finished third in 3:35.76. The 4 x 200 team of Stiens, Thompson, Schreck and Brody McMahon took fourth in 1:34.15.
Maryville fell a fraction of a second short of qualifying its 4 x 100M relay that finished fifth behind Savannah.
Also finishing fifth was junior Jackson Morrison in the shot put, leaving Mather as the only sectional qualifier.
McMahon ran sixth in both the 100M and 200M dash.
Burch was the only boys athlete to qualify for sectionals in a non-relay track event.
The Class 3 Sectional 4 Meet is Saturday at Blue Springs High School. Top four finishers in each event advance on to the Class 3 State Track & Field Championships in Jefferson City the following weekend.