PLAINVILLE — Fueled by a pair of wins in the distance events for Andrew Hess and a record-setting meet for Sam Dreiling in the pole vault, the Thomas More Prep-Marian boys’ track and field team took third place Thursday in the Mid-Continent League Championships at Plainville High School.
The Monarch girls, with a sweep of the top two spots in the 3,200-meter run and a win in the 800 and the 3,200-meter relay, took second place.
The Monarch boys scored 80 points, while Smith Center won the team title with 124 and Norton was runner-up at 113. Norton took the top team honors on the girls’ side with 112.
The Ellis boys, while sweeping the top two spots in the discus and two of the top three spots in the javelin, scored 46 points to finish seventh. The Ellis girls, with 58 points, were fifth.
Hess captured gold in the boys’ 1,600 for TMP, finishing in 4 minutes, 53.02 seconds. Later he won the 3,200 by 25 seconds, finishing in 10:45.66.
Dreiling, along with Smith Center’s L.T. Meitler, cleared a new MCL-meet record 14 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault.
Dreiling won the event on misses as Meitler missed his first attempt at the height. Each took three unsuccessful tries at 15-0.
For Ellis, Sean Lee broke his own school record set earlier this season when he threw 182-10 to win the javelin. Lee threw a little more than four feet better than TMP’s Cameron Fouts, who finished second at 178-9. Ellis’ Brandon Groff took third in the event at 158-6. Groff turned around and won the discus for Ellis at 138-0, while teammate Eli Lohrmeyer was second at 137-6.
For Stockton, sophomore Kian Coffey had a good day in the jumps. He won the long jump at 20-10.5, while cruising in his best event — the triple jump — at 45-7. Teammate and standout hurdler Jaden Williams also swept his top events. Williams won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.87 seconds, then won the 300-meter hurdles in 40.69.
Phillispburg’s Stuart Lennemann swept the 100 and 200-meter dashes. He won the 100 in 10.77, and the 200 in 21.93.
For the TMP girls, Melissa Pfefier won the 800, just slighty ahead of Norton’s Sierra Griffith. Pfeifer came in at 2:216.12, while Griffith finished in 2:26.34. Griffith won the 1,600 in 5:54.21.
In the 3,200, Pfeifer finished second behind teammate Alicia Lechman. Lechman ran 13:16.96, and Pfeifer was second at 14:05.52.
The TMP 3,200 relay team rolled to a win in 10:47.97.
Ellis’ Ashley Mattheyer took top honors in the high jump, clearing 5-2, and teammate Abby Burton won the triple jump. The freshman reached 34-6.