Maryville’s Track and Field team competed at Missouri S&T’s Dewey Allgood Invitational April 19. The team was originally slated to compete at Kansas Relays this week, but a last minute change landed the Saints in Rolla.
This was the 14th year Missouri S&T has held the meet. For the first time, the meet took place over two days. The multi-event competition began on Friday, while Saturday marked the start of running and field events.
During the event, 15 teams competed, including five GLVC members. McKendree, Quincy, William Jewell and Missouri S&T competed alongside the Saints for another chance to produce conference qualifying marks.
The GLVC Conference Championships are only two weeks away, which means this meet was the last chance for many athletes to qualify. To qualify for the conference meet, a competitor must place in the top 18 of the conference in his or her event. If a team does not have a competitor in the top 18, they can send their best competitor in that event.
“It’s been a long season, but I feel we have one more good race in us this season. Conference should be that race,” said sophomore Caleb Gaylord.
Gaylord is currently in the top 18 for both the 400m and 800m dash. He also plans to run the 4x400m at conference.
Leading the Saints was Casey Berberich, who finished first in a field of ten competitors in the heptathlon. The heptathlon is scored by a combination of seven events. Each competitor must participate in the 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m dash, long jump, javelin, and 800m dash.
When asked about the season, sophomore Jackson Evans said, “The season hasn’t gone exactly the way we had hoped, but for those going to conference I believe they should be able to lay down some good times. Hopefully having a weekend off will allow for everyone to recover and perform highly at conference.”
The GLVC Conference Championship meet will take place May 2-4 at Truman State University.
To see the complete list of Maryville’s times and marks, visit TFRRS.org.