Performing right to their seed, Maryville seniors Caleb Mather and Peyton Mizera netted the boys team a first place total of 16 points with second place finishes on the opening day of competition at the Class 3-4 State Championship Meet in Jefferson City Friday.
Mather fell one spot short of defending his state title in the shot put, finishing second with a distance of 57-3. It was more than two feet off his season-best of 59-6.5.
Now a two-time state medalist, Mather scratched on three of his first five attempts and threw 56-7.25 on his last one.
He beat the No. 1 seed, Chillicothe's Alec Whiteside, but lost to the person seeded behind him, Helias senior Will Fife. The No. 3 seed took the title away from Mather with a put of 57-7 on his third attempt.
Mizera went into his sixth and final attempt in the long jump in seventh place but moved up to second with a landing of 21-11 that tied his season best. This was 15 inches further than what he had jumped on any of his first five attempts.
No. 1 seed Shane Williams of Mt. Vernon won the long jump title with a distance of 22-5.
Mizera's second place finish was the best of his career at state and earned him a second career medal. He'll have a chance to win another one in the triple jump Saturday.
The only other MHS boy to compete Friday, senior Treyton Burch just missed out on his first career medal in the long jump with a ninth place finish.
Burch's top distance of 20-4 was 6.75 inches short of what he jumped at sectionals.
Burch went on to qualify for the finals in both the 110M and 300M hurdles with sixth place finishes in both preliminary races.
He ran a time of 15.30 in the 110's and 40.27 in the 300's.
The boys sit in first place after four events with 16 points. Mt. Vernon is second with 12.5.
Scoreless after the first day, the MHS girls endured their share of disappointment.
Expected to medal for the first time in three tries at state, senior Baylee Scarbrough scratched on all three prelim attempts in the shot put, keeping her from even getting to the finals.
She was seeded fourth after winning sectionals and districts the past two weekends.
In the day's final event, Maryville's 4 x 400M girls relay of Mikaila Wallace, Jessa Stiens, Abby Hayes and McKenzie Wallace finished 10th in the prelims and did not get to the finals.
Maryville had medaled in this event each of the past two years and returned all of last year's fourth place team.
All of the top nine teams in the 4 x 400M relay prelim race ran better than they did at sectionals. The Hounds' time of 4:07.76 was less than a second slower.
Page 2 of 2 - Earlier in the day, McKenzie Wallace secured a spot in the finals of the 300M hurdles with a fifth place finish in the prelims. Seeded third, Wallace ran a time of 45.98, just a shade under her second place sectional time.
Wallace did not make the finals in the 100M hurdles, running 14th in the prelims with a time of 17.18. She was seeded in the top 10 and had run a sub-16.00 time at sectionals.
Mather (discus), Mizera (triple jump), Burch (110M, 300M hurdles) and Derek Stiens (pole vault) perform again Saturday at either 11 a.m. or 2 p.m.
Mather and Mizera are No. 1 seeds.
McKenzie Wallace (300M hurdles), freshman Jennifer Gullion (long jump), and Jessa Stiens (pole vault) will be in action for the girls.