Platte County had two podium finishes in the rarely-run pentathlon at the 59th annual Capital City Relays on Saturday, April 14 at Jefferson City High School.
John Watts finished second with 3,395 points, just less than 100 behind event winner Trey Miller of Clinton. Watts won the 800 meter run and finished second in the long jump, high jump and 100-meter dash, each won by Miller.
Watts leapt a personal best 22-feet, 5-inches, but came up nearly a foot short of Miller’s mark. Both finished well ahead of the main field, topped by Columbia Hickman’s George Monroe (21-3).
On the girls side, Isabelle Geddes finished third with 2,342 points about 400 behind Nerinx Hall’s Anna Green who won the event. Geddes finished second in the 100 with a personal best time of 13.42 seconds. The usual hurdler placed third in the 800 (2:44.26) and fourth in the long and high jumps. Her throw of 20-11¼ earned fifth in the shot put.
The boys 4x800 claimed the only win in the loaded event. Nick Bjustrom, Dakota Simmons, Evan Edwards and Jackson Letcher ran a 8:23.08 race. The foursome eclipsed the host Jefferson City team who swept the team titles, by more than 2 seconds.
In the team race Platte County finished in fourth place with 57 points. The girls finished eighth with 30½ points.
Jaycie Stubbs provided the bulk of the points with a win in the shot put (33-7½). The junior also finished sixth in the discuss (80-6) and javelin (95-11).
Platte County swept the Northwest Missouri State University Bearcat Invitational on Tuesday, April 10, in Maryville, Mo.
The Pirates scored 247 points to easily beat Maryville (171), while the girls won with 210½ points, edging future and former conference foe Smithville.
The Pirates claimed 16 wins on the night — nine on the boys’ side. John Watts claimed two individual wins, picking up the top mark in both the high and long jumps. Watts leapt 21 feet, 9 inches to best the field by more than 2 feet. He cleared 6-feet in the high jump, winning with fewer misses than Smithville’s Quinton Talley.
JP Post claimed the triple jump with a mark of 39-5½. Carleton Hall (11-6) and Porter Geddes (9-6) went 1-2 in the pole vault. Dakota Schmidt and Kyle Arnold led another 1-2 finish in the javelin throw, marking a best toss of 146-2 and 135-1, respectively. Peyton Stoner won the discus (140-4) to claim the last individual win for Platte County.
The Pirates biggest success came in the relays. Platte County won the 4x100, 4x200, and 4x400 meter relays on both the boys and girls sides. In the 4x800 both took home second place.
On the girls, side Addison Long led a 1-2-3 finish in the Javelin. The sophomore was the only thrower to eclipse 100 feet, marking a best throw at 103-1. Jaycie Stubbs finished second (96-6) and Hayden Walls came in third (92-8). Stubbs grabbed another podium by winning the shot put (34-0). Abbie Schwieder (9-0) won the pole vault with Jaycie Call (8-6) coming in third.
Isabelle Geddes took home the final win for Platte County in the 300 hurdles (49.56 seconds). Will Hay posted a strong showing in the hurdles on the boys side with a pair of second-place finishes (17.95 and 44.08, respectively).