Steen, Stein advance to state in track
The Class 1 Sectional 3 track meet was held at South Calloway High School in Mokane on May 12. Concordia High School had three athletes qualify for the Sectional Meet. Freshman Carys Brockman qualified for the 100m dash and 300m hurdles, while sophomore Colby Stein qualified in the long jump and senior Bethany Steen qualified in the discus.
Stein was the first to compete for Concordia. Stein’s furthest jump totaled 19 feet 5.5 inches, enough for the fourth and final qualifying position for the state meet, edging out the fifth place finisher by one inch.
Steen needed all four attempts to qualify for the state meet. After the first two attempts, she was in sixth place, with her best throw of 94 feet 1 inch. Steen decided to make consecutive throws for her last two attempts.
After her third attempt landing at 89 feet, Steen relied on her throwing technique and gave it everything she had. Steen’s final throw measured a personal best 107 feet even, surpassing the rest of the competitors and landing her in first place.
Brockman’s first event was the 100m dash. Starting in lane two, Brockman raced down the track. Unfortunately, Brockman’s second best timed run of the season at 13.68 seconds was only enough for seventh place. Starting in lane one for the 300m hurdles, Brockman had to overcome obstacles with her foot spacing. She finished in seventh place with a time of 53.25 seconds, also her second best time of the season.
The Orioles (Stein and Steen) will compete again in the state track meet in Jefferson City on May 18-19.
Head track coach Steve Denton had nothing but glowing remarks for the Oriole trio.
“These three (Brockman, Stein and Steen) showed up today and competed with the best in the area,” he said. “I am proud of all three, showing up and representing our school, each in their first sectional appearance. Steen and Stein will be making their first appearance in the state meet. They set their goals early in the season to qualify for the state meet, and now that they have reached this goal, they get to compete with the best in the state. They’re pretty excited about this opportunity.”