Schwieder breaks school record in pole vault

For the second time this season the school’s pole vault record was set at Platte County.

On Wednesday, May 1, Abbie Schwieder went 10 feet, 1 inch to not only win a Suburban Conference Blue Division title, she broke the school record.

Earlier this year, she jumped 10 feet to tie the school record set initially by Blaire Sampsell in 2011. At the Platte County Invitational last month, Jacob Laures broke the boys school record with a 15-foot jump.

Like Laures, Schwieder’s record-setting jump came at Pirate Stadium.

Laures jumped 14 feet to win the boys conference title, one of four first-place showings for the Pirates.

Sophomore Colby Rollins jumped 20-9 to win the long jump championship, continuing his upward trajectory after placing fourth at the team’s home meet. 

Submitted photo  Platte County’s Abbie Schwieder won the Suburban Conference Blue Division pole vault championship and broke a school record in the process on Wednesday, May 1 at Pirate Stadium.

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Platte County’s Abbie Schwieder won the Suburban Conference Blue Division pole vault championship and broke a school record in the process on Wednesday, May 1 at Pirate Stadium.

The other two conference championships came in the relays. The 4x400-meter relay team of Will Hay, Blake Reynolds, Keegan Cordova and Walker Grimes won the final race of the day in 3 minutes, 28.98 seconds. The Pirates also won the first race of the day, with Don MacCuish, Evan McPhatter, Matthew Sullivan and Cordova running 8:23.06 in the 4x800-meter relay. 

The girls took third place, while the boys were fourth in the seven-team meet.

“We had some great performances at conference and some areas where we need to perform better,” Platte County coach Gabe Middleton said. “We have a tough conference, especially in certain areas, so to medal or win an event is an accomplishment.”

The Pirates combined for seven runner-up finishes between the two teams.

Haley Luna set a personal record in the 400-meter run (1:00.23) and was second, while adding a third in the 200.

Isabelle Geddes was the runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles and took third in the 300 hurdles. Taylor Giger followed a similar order, taking second in the 3,200-meter run and third in the 1,600-meter run.

Schwieder, Luna, Geddes and Olivia Minter were the runner-ups in the 4x400-meter relay, while Minter had a personal record and placed third in the triple jump.

Hayden Walls was third in the girls’ javelin, while Garret Watson placed third in the boys javelin.

Platte County played in three of the four relays on the boys’ side. Blake Reynolds, Carter Utt, Spencer Cupp and Rollins finished second in the 4x200-meter relays. Cordova, on the two winning relays, was second in the 800-meter run.

Xavier Keith was the runner-up in the shot put.

Up Next

Platte County will take part in the Class 4 District 8 meet on Saturday at Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe.  

The other teams there will be St. Joseph Benton and Lafayette, Kansas City East, Excelsior Springs, Kearney, Lincoln College Prep, Kansas City Northeast, Savannah, Smithville, Van Horn and Winnetonka.

“We just need to compete on Saturday,” Middleton said. “The goal is to place top four and advance.”