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The PHS girls track and field team came home with seven medals from the Class 2 state championships in Jefferson City Friday.
The Lady Panthers finished ninth in the team standings at Jefferson City High School’s Adkins field, but it capped a rewarding season for the group.
“I am so proud of this season and all the work these girls did. What a year,” said Coach Nicholas Koetters.
Abbey Redd, a sophomore, led the team with a state championship in the pole vault with a jump of 11 feet, one inch, beating out the next closest competitor, Monroe City’s Carly Youngblood by almost three inches.
“Abbey refused to let the field beat her,” Koetters said.
She wasn’t the only Lady Panther to medal in the event either as Alaina Loman, a freshman, took eighth place with a leap of nine feet, 5.75 inches, which Keotters said was just below her personal record set the week before.
Mallory Sublette, a sophomore, produced her best triple jump ever at 35 feet, one inch to finish in fourth place.
Palmyra’s 4 x 800 relay team of Laurin Sheputis, Jeorgia O’Brien, Bella Perkins, and Loman, who Koetters said “refused to give up” as she ran the last leg,” won a sixth place medal with a time of 10:28.93.
“(Loman) ran her best time of the year by three or four seconds,” Koetters said.
The 4 x 400 meter relay team of Sheputis, Sublette, Loman and Taytum White, also took sixth place with a time of 4:17.11.
Candra King, a freshman, took seventh place in the shot put with a throw of 35 feet, two inches.
Earlier in the day, King fell short of medaling in the discus, finishing 15th with a throw of 90 feet, four inches.
“Candra had a rough day throwing the discus today.,” Koetters said. “Chalk it up to the rain or nerves.”
The 4 x 200 meter relay team of Grace Krigbaum, Sublette, Sophie Hoerr and White, notched a season-best time of 1:50.4 to win an eighth-place medal by half a second.
Competing but not medaling were Chloe Hicks and Dyoni Mundy.
The two finished 11th and 12th place respectively in the high jump.
“I’m super proud of how far Chloe and Dyoni have come this season,” Koetters said.
Palmyra scored 25 points to finish in a ninth-place tie in the team standings with Brookfield and Belle.
Steam Academy at McCluer South took the title with a 80 points.
Monroe City finished fifth with 29 points and Clark County eighth with 26.