Titan girls race to own invite championship

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Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:00 am

Papillion-La Vista South dominated the events on the track in capturing the girls team title in the Titan Cup Thursday afternoon at Foundation Field.

Papio South placed in each of the events on the track and came away with five victories in racking up 114 points, 16.5 ahead of runner-up Lincoln East. Papillion-La Vista took seventh overall.

The freshmen duo of Ciara Morehouse and Anna Milton played a major role in the Titan triumph, combining for three individual victories.

Morehouse cruised to both the 100 and 300-meter hurdle crowns with Milton securing the top spot in the 1,600. Milton also took second in the 800.

Caitlyn Cotton grabbed the 200 dash title along with finishing third in the 400. Chelsea Cotton took second in the 100 and third in the 100 hurdles.

The Titan group of Brittney Schmiedt, Alexandra Daniel, Claire Maday and Madisen Gaines brought home the 400 relay crown.

Elizabeth Naber took third in the 3,200 and fifth in the 1,600 while the 1,600 relay team placed second.

Papillion-La Vista got a winning performance from Alissa Schovanec in the high jump. Teammate Courtney Pickering was runner-up in the 3,200 and sixth in the 1,600 while Mia Nguyen placed in both sprint events, taking fourth in the 200 and fifth in the 100.

The Titan boys finished fifth with the Monarch boys, resting many of their performers for the Kansas Relays, followed in sixth.

Drew Klein and Conner Murphy played a major role in the Titan boys' success. Klein won the 100 while taking second in the pole vault while Murphy captured the 110 hurdle crown and placed third in the 300 event.

Stephen Zagurski placed third in both throwing events while Alonzo Mercier was fourth in the high jump.

Marcel Ryan improved on his season best mark in the high jump. The Monarch jumper cleared 6 feet, 11 inches to stay atop the season charts.

Teammate Trevor Vacek took fourth in the discus, as did Nate White in the long jump, Gabe Kendall in the 300 hurdles and Drake Childress in the 400.

Both Papillion-La Vista and Papio South sent athletes to the Kansas Relays over the weekend in Lawrence.

The best performance was turned in by Papio's Ryan as he cleared 6-8 1/4 to win the high jump competition.

Kenzo Cotton ran a 49.0 to finish fourth in the 400 while Jalen Allison took fifth in the 100 and Cory Plugge fifth in the 800.

Josh Roberts placed eighth in the shot put and the 3,200 relay team of Cory Plugge, Ed Rule, Jacob King and Adam Bartes placed 16th.

“We did some really good things,” Monarch coach Joe Pilakowski said. “We were particularly happy to see an event winner in Marcel Ryan and some personal bests by Jalen Allison, Josh Roberts, and Jimmy Hartigan. We continue to improve and move forward as the season begins to transition to the championship season.”

The Titans sent a pair of relay teams as the 6,400 group of Brady Caverzagie, Joe Fox, Will Jones and Thomas Taylor placed ninth and the distance medley group of Jones, Taylor, Ethan Clark and Caverzagie finished 11th.

“This was a great experience in a State like atmosphere,” Titan coach Shannon Stenger said. “We can learn from this experience to run with the best and be mentally prepared for races like this.”

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