After inclement weather postponed Thursday’s scheduled Joplin Relays, the Carthage High School track and field teams traveled to McDonald County High School Friday for the Mustang Stampede.


After inclement weather postponed Thursday’s scheduled Joplin Relays, the Carthage High School track and field teams traveled to McDonald County High School Friday for the Mustang Stampede.

Senior Hayden Vaughn and juniors Evan Adams Billy Mendell helped pace the Tigers individually, as Carthage’s boys totaled 70 points to capture third place. Senior Ivy Shepherd, juniors Bethany Roy and Alex Giett, and sophomore Kaylee Morgan captured individual honors to lead the Lady Tigers, who finished second with 139 team points, one point behind Carl Junction.

“It was very gratifying for the girls, although we finished one point out of first,” said Andy Youngworth, Carthage High School track and field coach.

The McDonald County Mustangs, with 95 team points, and the Carl Junction Lady Bulldogs totaled 140 points to capture team honors.

Adams, competing in the 400-meter dash, captured first with a time of 52.6 seconds. In the 800 run, Adams placed second with a time of 2 minutes, 4.5 seconds. Mendell captured third in the 1,600 run with a time of 4:51.20 before placing first in the 3,200 run with a time of 10:19.50.

Carthage’s 4x400-meter relay team, comprised of Vaughn, Griff Schramm, David Vogt and Adams, took first with a time of 3:34.8, setting a new meet record along the way.

“It’s a pretty good time for this time of the year,” said Youngworth.

Not to be outdone, the Lady Tigers’ 4x100 relay team, comprised of Kassidey Borland, Ashton Ralston, Shelbie Huffman and Morgan, broke the meet record — previously held by Carthage High School — with a time of 52.8 seconds.

“Kassidey moved to the lead leg (of last year’s state qualifying relay team),” said Youngworth. “She doesn’t have a lot of experience in that spot but, even so, has done a good job working with two freshman.”

Youngworth, so far, has been impressed with this year’s freshman class, especially with only 22 athletes out this spring, most of which will be inserted into varsity events this season.  

Shepherd, one of the few returning veterans, captured first in the 400 dash and the open 800 with times of 1:04.10 and 2:33.3, respectively.

Morgan, a versatile athlete running open events for the first time in her career, took first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27 seconds flat.

Bethany Roy, a transfer from Webb City and considered a “hard worker” by Youngworth, had an immediate impact after placing first in the 3200 run with a time of 12.52.00.

One of this year’s two surprises, according to Youngworth, had a stellar day after finishing in the top four in the 1600 and the 3200 runs. Senior Kristen Roy, finished third in the 3200 run and fourth in the 1600 run, running “step-for-step” with Bailey Becker, one of this year’s young, talented freshman athletes.

The Lady Tigers’ 3200 relay, with a time of 10:35.30, placed first, while Giett, in the shot put, captured first with a distance of 34-feet, 7 inches. In the discus, senior Brooke Huffman and freshman Emily Goaken finished 2-3 with distances of 94-feet, 10 inches and 92-feet, 10 inches, respectively.