CHARITON — The Clarke boys track team finished fifth with 64.50 points and the girls team finished sixth with 58 points here Monday at the South Central Conference Meet.
The two teams combined to win four conference championships, coming from the usual suspects as Logan Weers won the 100 meter dash and the 110 high hurdles, while senior Sarah Pate won both the shot put and the discus.
Weers cruised to a big victory in the 100 meter dash, running 11.13 as Albia’s Brett Leshen ran 11.43 for second place. Clarke’s Junior Morales placed sixth with a time of 11.69 in the event.
Weers also posted an easy victory in the 110 high hurdles, clocking a 14.79, well ahead of second-place Drake Menuis of Eddyville-Blakesburg in 15.42. Weers later finished second in the 200 meter dash with a clocking of 22.95.
Freshman Rich Wilkins finished a close second in the 1,600 meter run. Wilkins ran 4:58.66, finishing just behind Eddyville-Blakesburg’s Jack Hastings, who ran 4:56.17.
Gordon Witt finished third in the long jump, leaping 19-3.75, while Wilkins finished in a tie for fifth in the high jump, clearing 5-2.
Freshman Kooper Brimm placed fifth in the discus with a throw of 123-8.
The 4x100 relay team of Morales, Dalton Sweeney, Witt and Weers finished second to Albia, running 44.68.
The 4x800 relay team of Carlos Tamayo, Gunner Sergent Elben, Jake Leeps and Justin Adams placed third in 9:20.91. Clarke finished fifth in the 4x200 relay, 4x400 relay and sixth in the 1,600 medley relay.
On the girls side, Pate won two conference championships in sweeping the throwing events.
Pate set a new personal best and school record with a throw of 135-10 in the discus to beat Davis County’s Kate Birchmeier by nearly three feet.
The Clarke senior also edged out Birchmeier in the shot put competition, throwing 40-8.50, beating Birchmeier by two and a half inches.
Birchmeier had beaten Pate in the shot put competition at the Drake Relays just a week prior.
Amanda Kindred placed sixth for the Lady Indians in the shot put, throwing 30-5.50.
Clarke picked up a pair of third-place finishes from Delaney May in the 800 and Kylar McCann in the 1,500. May ran 2:34.25, while McCann clocked a time of 5:31.42.
The 1,600 medley relay team of Maddi Heath, Allyssa May, Amanda Berryhill and Delaney May finished second in 4:49.59.
Tyra Riddle finished fourth in the 100 hurdles, running 17.14. Bronwyn Miller finished fifth in the long jump at 14-1.50.
Jennifer Brandt finished sixth in both the 400 meter dash and the 400 hurdles. Kristin Pollard was sixth in the 3,000 meters.
Clarke finished fifth in the 4x100 relay, 4x200 relay, 4x400 relay and sprint medley relay. The Lady Indians finished sixth in the shuttle hurdle relay.
Both the boys and the girls track teams return to action at the State Qualifying Meet in Greenfield at 4 p.m. today.