Because head coach Bucky Green took the Mexico varsity track and field teams to mostly bigger events to increase the level of competition they faced this season, the big stage created by the Missouri State High School Athletic Association championships didn't phase them.

"We only had one dual meet, and at the large meets we rarely had a full or best entries available," said Green. "The best meet of the season was clearly Districts, where our boys placed second as a team. We had many personal records set that day."

While a schedule like this didn't really allow the Bulldogs to have a win/loss record, the boys did place third and the girls were fourth at the North Central Missouri Conference meet on May 5. The boys also came in sixth at the 14-team Hannibal Invitational on April 28 and on April 19 at the Osage Invitational the boys were third and the girls finished fifth.

"At the state meet Alex Dukes set a personal record in the 3200 and placed ninth. Terrese Aaron had also set a personal record in shot put to finish ninth," Green said. "Tyler Brandow had his fastest split in 400 portion of the 800 run. Jasean White was All-State in triple and long jumps, as well."

One issue Green and the Bulldogs won't have to face in the immediate future is the mass exodus some teams are forced to endure because of graduation. Instead, Green and his staff were able to accomplish all of these positive results despite a certain level of inexperience that won't be nearly as prevalent in 2018.

"If all return next season should be one to watch," said Green. "We were heavy with juniors on both boys and girls this season and all state qualifiers return next year."

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