CHESTERFIELD • Big performances were the rule of the day Saturday at the Class 4 District 4 meet at Parkway Central.
While the host Colts won the boys side and the Francis Howell girls won the team title, individual efforts ruled the day.
Maybe the most visually stunning win belonged to Timberland discus thrower Josh McDonald. He won both the shot put (56 feet, 6 inches) and the discus (192-3).
McDonald began the discus competition by throwing 187-8, which is currently fourth best ever at a state-level event. It was a throw that earned its share of ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ from the assembled crowd.
For good measure, his second preliminary throw reached a distance of 192-3, which was the third longest ever in a state-level event.
“It feels great,” McDonald said. “I started really hitting (throws) toward the end of the season, and I couldn’t be happier.”
Two Parkway Central runners gave McDonald a run for his money in terms of top performance at the meet in helping to guide the colts to the team title.
Eric Sivill won the 3,200 meters (9:47.04) and qualified second in the 1,600 (4:26.72). He also helped the Colts' relay team in the 4x400 (second in 3:23.59) and the 4x800 (third in 8:12.97) qualify.
“Eric has been undefeated in the mile and the two-mile runs,” Parkway Central coach Steve Warren said. “We had a strategy for him today to just qualify. We knew it was going to be a long, hard day. We knew he didn’t have to set any great times, because he’d already done that.”’
To complement Sivill, Andre Booker won the 200 (22.46) and the 400 (49.64). He also was a part of the 4x400 team.
On the girls side, Howell’s Whitney Adams rolled to an individual sprint sweep on Saturday. She captured district titles in the 100 (12.43 seconds), 200 (24.84) and 400 (24.84).
“This is what I train to do,” Adams said. “I just have to come out and do it. The pressure increases as we get each stage later in the season, but I had some great chances like (the) KU (relays) to get ready. I’m ready.”
The other big individual star on the girls side was Holt’s Nataliyah Friar.
She won the long jump (17-06) and the triple jump (40-01).
“I just go out there when it’s my turn and focus on what I have to do to get things done,” Friar said. “I jumped a 40-01 in the triple, and I stutter-stepped. I was so upset. I could have PRed (personal record) there.”
Other Howell wins included the 4x800 relay (9:43.61); Alex Surgeon in the 100 hurdles (16.40); Leah Krause in the 1,600 (5:11.80) and 3200 (11:26.84); Valeska Halamicek in the 800 (2:19.47), and the 4x400 (4:03.66).
The Vikings amassed 167 points, which easily outdistanced Parkway Central’s 95 points. The rest of the team scores were Parkway North (73), Zumwalt West (68), Holt and Troy (61), Zumwalt South (51), Timberland and Howell North (37), Howell Central (24), Zumwalt East (14) and Zumwalt North (7).
Holt senior Megan Plevel won the girls pole vault by being the only vaulter to clear 10 feet.
She went for a personal record at 11-0 and just missed the mark twice.
“My PR is 10-6, so I was trying to get 11 feet,” Plevel said. “Those (attempts at 11 feet) feel good. It’s like icing on top of a cake. I’m feeling pretty good headed into sectionals.”
The boys team scores were Parkway Central (117), Parkway North (107), Zumwalt West (77), Zumwalt East (71), Timberland (70.5), Zumwalt South (54), Howell Central (53.5), Holt (52), Howell North (37), Troy Buchanan (33) and Zumwalt North (28).
The fastest runner at the meet was Zumwalt South’s Chase Abbington.
He won the 100 meters by .01 seconds over Parkway North’s Johnathan Little as he captured the title in 11.37 seconds.
“I sure am happy about this,” Abbington said. “I had jitters. My whole body was shaking, but the atmosphere in the race got me going.”