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High School Track and Field: Saxony’s Caleb Cornelius wins state championship

Members from the Saxony Lutheran track and field program competed in the Class 2 State Meet on May 18 and 19, but only one of them came away as a state champion.

Junior Caleb Cornelius was able to win the 3200-meter run with a time of 10 minutes, 2.01 seconds. He also earned all-state honors by placing third in the 1600 (4:38.1).

Earning all-state honors in four events was fellow junior Briann Jenkins as she competed in the 200-meter dash, the 400, the long jump and as a member of the 4×400 relay team.

Jenkins finished third in both the long jump (16 feet, 10 and a half inches) and the 400 (59.65) while taking fourth in the 200 (26.75) as an individual.

Jenkins and the rest of the 4×400 team, senior Ashley Fritsche, junior Khloe Koch and sophomore Clara Yokley, took fifth place with a time of 4:19.29.

Also earning all-state honors in more than one event was junior Macy Morehead, who finished in the top three in the discus throw with a heave of 117-03. She took eighth in shot put with a mark of 34-05.

The three other athletes who qualified for the state meet as individuals were Yokley in both the 800-meter run and javelin, junior Chris Palmer in javelin and junior Samuel Elfrink in the 800.

They failed to place in the top eight to earn all-state honors as Elfrink was ninth in the 800, Yokley 10th in javelin and 15th in the 800 as Palmer took 10th in javelin.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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