The California High School varsity track team competed at the Tri-County Conference Meet April 30 at Eldon, where a total of 14 California athletes were among the top three finishers in their event to earn All-Conference honors. The Lady Pintos finished in second place as a team, while the Pintos finished fifth.
Blair Oaks won the girls' title with 183. California followed in second place with 126; Eldon, 100; Osage, 75; Hallsville, 73; Southern Boone, 56; Versailles, 46; and Warsaw, 21.
Eldon won the boys' title with 149, while Blair Oaks placed second with 132.5. Southern Boone, third, 104; Osage, fourth, 99.5; California, fifth, 95.5; Versailles, sixth, 51; Warsaw, seventh, 33; and Hallsville, eighth, 32.5.
All-Conference honors went to the following California Pintos: Walker Borghardt, second place, Triple Jump, 40', and second place, 100 Meter, 11.40; Logan Rowles, third, 400 Meter, 51.7; Adam Burkett, second, 3200 Meter, 10:41; Alexx Lewis, third, Discus Throw, 132'; and Nathan Squires, second place, Shot Put, 47'4".
"We had some personal bests today for guys who placed in the top four," California Coach Rick Edwards said. "Justin Mitchell in the 800 Meter, Logan Rowles in the 400 Meter, and Dylan Norton in the 300 Meter Hurdles. Our boys' team left too many points out there today. We had events we should've scored more points in. Adam Burkett ran a good 3200 Meter and Alexx Lewis, Ty Kirchner and Nathan Squires scored more points than we have in a long time in the throws."
Norton placed fourth in the 300 Meter Hurdles with 43.7; Mitchell, fourth, 800 Meter, 2:09; Borghardt, fourth, Long Jump, 18'11"; and the team of Rowles, Norton, Mitchell and Allan Burger placed fourth in the 4x400 Meter with 3:43.
All-Conference honors went to the following California girls: Deeken, Long Jump, first place, 17'6"; Triple Jump, first, 37'4"; High Jump, second, 5'6"; and 200 Meter, first, 26.6; Jasmine Wells, 300 Meter Hurdles, third, 51.3; Libby Martin, 400 Meter, third, 64.7; Katie Imhoff, 800 Meter, first, 2:30, and 1600 Meter, second, 5:43; Lizzy Kirby, 1600 Meter, third, 5:44, and 3200 Meter, third, 12:53; Leah Korenberg, 3200 Meter, first, 12:35; the team of Kirby, Korenberg, Ashtyn Goans and Alondra Garcia placed second in the 4x800 Meter with 11:26; and the team of Kamryn Koetting, Wells, Martin and Imhoff placed third in the 4x400 Meter with 4:27.
"I was very proud of our girls at the conference meet," Edwards said. "They beat some teams who thumped them earlier in the season. Sydney Deeken had three firsts and one second. Katie Imhoff had a heck of a day winning the 800 in a very solid time, placing in the 1600, and running a leg of the 4x400. Once again, our distance girls ran well. Kamryn Koetting had a good day running in the top four in four races. Lizzy Kirby scored us a ton of points running the 4x800, 1600 and 3200. That's a tough day. You have to be a tough kid to pull those races off. Libby Martin and Jasmine Wells were solid for us as well. It was a good, well-rounded day for the girls."
Koetting placed fourth in the 100 Meter with 14.2; fourth in the 200 Meter with 28.6; and fourth in the 400 Meter with 64.7.
The CHS track team will compete at the Class 3 District 5 Track Meet Saturday, May 11, at Jefferson City High School.