Warrensburg track moves to MRVC with 11 returning state qualifers

WARRENSBURG — Warrensburg track and field returns 11 state qualifiers for the 2019 season — seven on the girls side and four on the boys side.

“I am super excited, our numbers are strong again like they were last year and we have a lot of returners back for the state meet last year,” Warrensburg coach Brad Small said.

Both the girls and the boys team will be without a state meet mainstay as MaKenzy Mizera and Marquette Wilhite are now both competing collegiately.

The Lady Tigers will be lead by their javelin throwing twins Paige and Brandi VanBlaricum. Paige was the 2017 state champion while Brandi came away with a runner-up finish ub 2018.

The hope and expectation is that the sisters, both who signed to Central Missouri track and field, will be duking it out for the top spot in Jefferson City as in the previous two years only one of the pair has made it to state.

“Hopefully we can see both VanBlaricums at the state meet this year,” Small said. “They looked really good this offseason, so hopefully they are going to continue throughout the season. I hope to see them both on the podium at the end of the year.”

Junior pole vaulter Gabby Hoke is poised for a breakout season after two years of qualifying for the state meet, coming away with a seventh place medal as a freshman then failling to make the podium as a sophomore

“She has had a phenomenal offseason,” Small said. “She had kind of an off day last year at state, but we are looking for to bounce back and return. That has really driven her, I think, this offseason to get better and that has really drove her to work harder and get better and it has shown ten-fold this offseason.”

Also back for the Warrensburg girls is junior hurdler Libby Brown and three of the four members of the 4x800m team — senior April Holland, senior Hannah Schierenbeck and junior Rylie Othic.

Senior Colton Palmer, a University of Tulsa commit, will head the charge for the Tigers as the long distance specialist. The 1,600m and 3,200m runner is coming off a 3rd place finish in the 3,200m, breaking a school record in the process.

“He is a solid for us in the distance,” Small said.

Senior pole vaulter Dylan Godfrey and junior high jumper Carter Bell are each back after qualifying for state.

Warrensburg track will compete in the Missouri River Valley Conference for the first time this season after having enjoyed a long run of success in the now-defunct West Central Conference. The Lady Tigers claimed the final girls WCC title a year ago while the Tigers place second.

“We had a very long, positive West Central tradition and we are hoping to start off strong in the MRVC,” Small said.

SCHEDULE

March 23, Home Invitational, 10:30 a.m.

March 26, Home meet, 4 p.m.

March 29, at Odessa Invitational, 3:30 p.m.

April 5, Invitational at Excelsior Springs, 4 p.m.

April 12, Invitational at Blue Springs, 4 p.m.

April 18, Invitational at Clinton, 3:30 p.m.

April 26, Invitational at Platte County, 4 p.m.

May 3, Tournament at Harrisonville, 4 p.m.

BOYS ROSTER

Seniors

Dakota Carley, Dylan Godfrey, Tanner Karnes, Colton Palmer, Zack Reed, Bryce Tayloe, Henry Vernon.

Juniors

Carter Bell, Tyler Brown, Kaden Callahan, Corbin Cowick, Joshua Cymer, Demetrius James, Brian Kinman, Michael Lowe, Kaden Maxwell, Ayden McGee, Jackson Meldrem, Miles Moore, Dawson Nakoneczny, Tim Richner, Eric Sawyer, Joe Stewart, John Stoverink.

Sophomores

Joshua Bell, Cooper Berry, Randy Birch, Cayden Bland, Parker Buckson, Gabe Crespo, Michael Hart, Ben Heffernan, Isaac Lucero, Cooper Palmer, Shelby Pittsenbarger, Logan Shaw, Ryan Sheets, Garrett Shepherd, Greg Smith, Jaishaun Stephens, Hayden Vernon, Conner Wyatt.

Freshmen

Drew Belardo, Brendan Bromwell, Jason Cho, Jaiden Gunn, Troymayne Hamilton, Landon Johnson, Dawson Joyner, Todd Lancaster, Christian Lockard, Aidan McMurphy, Zach Munsterman, Luke Othic, Andrew Price, Warner Short, Micah Spratt, Justin Terrell, Reece Thaut, Aiden Walker, EmJai Wilkerson, Dylan Wittmaier.

Manager

Jimmy Le

GIRLS ROSTER

Seniors

Abbey Calcote, Mikayla Casarez, April Holland, Hannah Schierenbeck, Nina Thessen, Brandi VanBlarcum, Paige VanBlarcum, Kourtenay Wirthwein.

Juniors

Haylee Boldt, Libby Brown, Zoe Duncan, Gabrielle Hoke, Imoni Lanigan, Rylee McLaughlin, Sadie Misner, Rylie Othic, Cora Perry.

Sophomores

Tabetha Boldt, Evelyn Clark, Brook Davidson, Taliyah Elmore, Sammy Fatka, Kayla Flores, Lex McKinley, Ellie Norman, Alexis Parrott, Mia Phutrakul, McKayla Ray, Allie Taylor, Erin Thessen.

Freshmen

Angelica Bergeron, Livie Burson, Allie Griffiths, Macie Hill, Alyson Imboden, Quyen Le, Ashlyn Moore, Alana Osborn, Kaitlen Rodriguez, Allie Shierenbeck, Claire Starbuck, Niya Talbert, Jasmine Taylor, Kierra West.

Managers

Maricel Hart, Angelina Logan.

COACHES

Head coach — Brad Small

Assistant coach — David Bickel

Assistant coach — Brett Cavanah

Assistant coach — Creighton Collier

Assistant coach — Tyler Grob

Assistant coach — Kacy Stuber

Sports Editor Randy Speer can be reached by emailing randy.speer@dsjnow.com, by calling (660) 747-8123 or on Twitter at @RandySpeer_DSJ.

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