By no means did the Lady Hound track and field team have the kind of state meet performance it was hoping for over the weekend at Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City.
Projected to score 13 points, the MEC and district champion Maryville girls ended up with only three—half of last year's total—to finish in a tie for 51st place out of 59 teams in Class 3.
Their only medalist or point scorer in six events was junior McKenzie Wallace. She finished sixth in the 300M hurdles with a time of 45.95. Wallace entered the race seeded third.
Wallace ran in the 100M hurdle prelims Friday and did not advance to the finals. She finished 14th with a slower-than-usual time of 17.18.
"The 100's, she didn't run very well at all," said Klaus. "If she would've just run a normal race, she would've made finals. She just didn't run well there. The 300's, she ran a 45 which is a good time. Other girls just ran better. Some of them ran a 43. That's incredible."
Two of Maryville's other individual state qualifiers—senior Jessa Stiens (pole vault) and freshman Jennifer Gullion (long jump)—finished one spot out of a medal in ninth place.
Stiens wasn't too disappointed about it since she cleared her personal best of 10-0 and tied the school record. She would've finished several places higher were it not for earlier misses at 10-0 that caused her to lose a tiebreaker to four others at the same height.
Seeded seventh, Gullion set her career-best of 16-9 to finish first at sectionals, but at state, her best jump was only 15-10.50.
This got her to the finals but wasn't quite enough to medal.
"She just couldn't get it all together today," said Klaus. "It's hard for a freshman. She's so far away. Normally, we're right there coaching her and we're so far away. It's just a whole new experience."
Expected to medal for the first time in three tries at state, senior Baylee Scarbrough scratched on all three preliminary attempts in the shot put, keeping her from getting to the finals.
She was seeded fourth and had putted her season-best of 40-11 just the weekend before.
"I just got excited and popped them out a little too early," said Scarbrough. "I warmed up alright. My warm-ups felt pretty good and then when I went in, I guess I didn't have it. It's kind of disappointing because this whole season has been fun."
Also falling into the disappointing category was a 10th place preliminary finish from the 4 x 400M relay team of Mikaila Wallace, Jessa Stiens, freshman Abby Hayes and McKenzie Wallace. They did not make the finals even though three of the four—Mikaila, McKenzie and Stiens—had run on 4 x 400M relays that finished fourth at state last year and fifth in 2011.
Page 2 of 2 - "They were sad," said Klaus. "They really wanted to make it. We just had some messy hand-offs. I thought we'd run a little faster and maybe make finals, but oh well."
The girls graduate Mikaila Wallace, Scarbrough and Jessa Stiens. They return McKenzie Wallace, Gullion and Hayes.