All it took was four to get fourth.
With just four athletes present and three that scored at the Class 3 -4 State Championship Track & Field Meet, the Maryville boys obtained one of four team trophies given out in Class 3 with a fourth place finish Saturday.
It's the boys team's first time earning a trophy at state since finishing fourth in 2000.
The field-event dominated Hounds accumulated 37 points over the two days at Dwight T. Reed Stadium and edged out Sikeston by 4.5 points for the final trophy spot. Sikeston went into the meet-concluding 4 x 400M relay needing a first place finish to pass Maryville, but came in fifth.
Grandview three-peated as state champions in Class 3 with 58 points, beating out Ezekiel Elliott-led John Burroughs by 2.5 for the title. Cardinal Ritter finished third with 41 points.
"It's really exciting (to win a trophy) with bringing four boys down and three of them scoring points," said first-year Maryville head track and field coach Lori Klaus. "That's tough to do and they did great."
Serving as the main catalyst, Maryville senior Peyton Mizera totaled nearly half (18) of the team's points by winning the triple jump Saturday and finishing runner-up in the long jump Friday.
In both events, Mizera cranked out his best distances on his last attempt and would've finished much lower otherwise.
He was slotted ninth going into his final crack in the triple jump before busting out a new career-best 46-11.
The top seed, Mizera hadn't gone further than 42-6 on any of his first five jumps.
"I just pumped myself up for the last one," said Mizera who finished the year undefeated in the triple jump. "I wasn't doing what I was supposed to do form-wise, and I knew I had to deliver."
After each of his first five jumps, Mizera solicited coaching advice from Klaus who was watching intently from nearby.
She was admittedly nervous going into Mizera's final jump, but not at all surprised when he came through given his recent track record in those same situations.
Just the week before at sectionals, Mizera scratched on his first three attempts and went 46-1.5 on his last one to finish first.
"Since we know him so well, if there's a kid that's going to pull it out on the last jump it will be him," said Klaus. "It still makes you extremely nervous. I knew he was going to run harder, so I'm in fear of him fouling especially when he started flying down that runway. I was a little bit nervous because you could tell in his face he was bringing it all. Thank God he didn't foul. That was an incredible jump."
Page 2 of 3 - Winning by nearly a three foot margin, Mizera became just the fourth Maryville boys state champion and second in the last two years.
Mizera finished fourth in the triple jump last year and was 15th as a sophomore.
Over the course of his high school triple jumping career, he improved his top distance by nearly 10 feet.
"I've definitely gotten a lot stronger since freshman year and a lot bigger," said Mizera. "My form has gotten a lot better. It's a combination of all that stuff."
Mizera concluded his Spoofhound career with three state medals.
He earned his second one the day before in the long jump.
Mizera tied his career-best of 21-11 on his last try, moving him up from seventh to second which is where he was seeded.
The No. 1 seed, Shane Williams of Mt. Vernon, posted a state-winning jump of 22-5 and became the first person to beat Mizera all year.
"I definitely just went all out," said Mizera
Competing in three events, senior Treyton Burch ended up as Maryville's second highest point contributor in the meet and earned his first two state medals.
He jumped up three spots from his finals seed and four from his preliminary seed to finish third in the 300M hurdles Saturday with a time of 40.26.
Among those he beat was Liberty North sophomore Andrew Madison who ran faster than Burch at districts, sectionals and the prelims at state.
"I just tried to get out as hard as I could," said Burch. "It was my last race, my last sport of my senior. I just tried to give it all I got since it was my last chance. I knew if I could clean up my hurdling from the prelims, it would be anybody's race."
Earlier in the day, Burch finished fifth in the 110M hurdles with a time of 15.11. He was seeded eighth and qualified for the finals as the No. 6 seed with a time of 15.30.
Burch's only non-medaling event was the long jump where he finished ninth with a distance of 20-4.
Senior Caleb Mather produced the team's remaining nine points and added two medals by finishing second in the shot put and eighth in the discus. Both showings were below his lofty standards, especially in the discus where Mather was the No. 1 seed.
Fouling on four of his six attempts, Mather landed only two throws that counted. His best was 143-9, almost 30 feet less than what he threw at sectionals.
"They were far enough to win," said Klaus. "He just couldn't get a good mark in."
Page 3 of 3 - The defending shot put state champion, Mather actually threw further than he did at state last year with a mark of 57-3. But that distance was bettered by Jeff City Helias' Will Fife who threw 57-7 on his third attempt to win as the No. 3 seed.
That was the top shot put in the state, all classes.
Mather came in as the No. 2 seed based on sectionals, but owned the top put in the state of 59-6.5.
He had also thrown 59-1 at districts.
Mather had a pair of 59 foot puts during warm-ups, but his only one that approached that distance when it counted resulted in a foul.
"That's just how it goes," said Klaus. "Those go up and down. It's frustrating to know he could've won both. It's what you do here and how you compete."
Senior Derek Stiens tied for 12th in the pole vault with a height of 12-6, well beneath his season-best of 14-0.
This marked the first time in three appearances at state he did not medal. Stiens finished fourth in the event last year with a height of 13-9 and fifth as a sophomore.
"It wasn't what I expected," said Stiens. "It really wasn't. I was trying to work some stuff out this week and trying to get higher, but that's not what happened. I just didn't have enough time in the season to get it figured out."
The Hounds are forced to bid farewell to all four of their boys state qualifiers, a group that combined to win two state titles and earn 10 state medals.
Mather will continue his throwing career at Northwest Missouri State.