Hundreds of athletes in multicolored tents and scores of coaches and supportive parents converged on Dwight T. Reed Stadium this weekend for the 2009 MSHSAA Track and Field Championships.


Hundreds of athletes in multicolored tents and scores of coaches and supportive parents converged on Dwight T. Reed Stadium this weekend for the 2009 MSHSAA Track and Field Championships.

In retrospect, Andy Youngworth, Carthage’s longtime track and field coach, knew exactly what he was talking about when he said Evan Adams was one of the top four or five runners in the state competing in the open 800-meter run.

In fact, Adams, a junior, proved he was one of the top three runners in the state after a stirring performance during Friday’s preliminaries of the 800 at the 2010 MSHSAA Track and Field Championships.

For the first time since the mid 1990s, the 800 run featured two preliminary runs, with the individual heat winners and the six fastest times advancing to the finals on Saturday.

Adams, seeded third in the 800 after capturing individual honors last Saturday at the sectional meet in Lebanon, advanced to Saturday’s finals by placing third overall with a sizzling time of 1 minute, 55.84.

Unfortunately, Carthage, which qualified for state in four events, failed to qualify for Saturday’s finals in the 200-meter dash and 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

The Tigers’ 4x400 relay, which managed to qualify after finishing fourth at the sectional meet, placed 14th.

The Lady Tigers’ 4x100 relay, comprised of Kassidey Borland, Ashton Ralston, Shelbie Huffman and Kaylee?Morgan, settled for 14th during Friday’s preliminaries after turning in a time of 51.62. The same foursome set a new school record in the 4x100 relay at the sectional meet with a time of 50.37.

Morgan, competing individually in the 200, took 15th with a time of 26.28 for 15th overall.