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Hargrove Wins First-Ever Shot Put Title, As Statesmen Tracksters Open Districts

Marshall High School senior Jacqueline Hargrove continued her domination of District competition and took it to another level by capturing her first shot put title during the field event portion of the Liberty District Championships, Feb. 1.

In her final winter season, the only thing missing from Hargrove’s resume is a team district title and after taking sixth in the shot put last year, she was going to compete in the event again just to help her team accumulate points. However, to the shock and amazement of everyone, Hargrove pulled off the unexpected. Improving on each of her throws, Hargrove captured the event with a personal best on her third throw. Marshall junior Ann-Elise Gustavsen, following Hargrove’s lead, captured sixth place and booked her ticket to the regional championship.

Hargrove’s day was just getting started however, as she competed in three events at the same time. In the space of 15 minutes, she cleared her opening height in the high jump (on her third try), won her heat in the 55m dash, captured second in the long jump and finally came back and cleared five feet to take second in the high jump on misses. Hargrove’s day finally ended after qualifying for the finals of the 55m dash (with the second fastest time) and breaking her own meet record in qualifying for 300m dash finals that will be held with the rest of the track events Feb. 8.

In the 55m dash, Senior Shannon McVey will make it very difficult for Hargrove to capture her fourth straight title after two amazing performance on the straightaway. McVey first blazed to a state-qualifying mark in winning her preliminary heat. She then moved to No. 2 all time in Statesmen school history with her performance in the semi-finals. McVey then returned later in the day to qualify for the 300m finals with the third fastest time.

Freshman Brittany Johnson fulfilled preseason expectations by qualifying for the regional championship in the high jump with a fourth-place effort and should add another regional qualifier in the 55m dash Thursday, after qualifying for the finals.

Junior Lance Cheng finally realized his dream of qualifying for the regional championship in the 55m hurdles by qualifying for the finals. Cheng also had a personal best in the long jump.

Sophomore Alexander Saures, claimed his first regional qualification by finishing fifth in the shot put.

The girls 4x800m relay team ran their seasonal best in placing sixth in the event. The team of sophomores Tara Cappiello, Crystal Courtner, Chandler Dennison and senior Tanya Khandpur ran their fastest time in seven seasons. The boys team once again missed out on qualifying for regionals after taking fourth in the event in back to back seasons. The team of seniors Kevin Gollogly, Alex Cvrk and juniors William Haugh and Oscar Olazo ran a seasonal best.

Sophomores Chandler Dennison and Crystal Courtner are currently one, and two after finishing first and second in the unseeeded boys and girls sections of the 1000m run.