Every team does things its own way, so the fact that the Centralia varsity girls track and field team rules with an iron fist is just a fact of life other programs have the choice of either trying to do something about or they can get out of its way because there really is no third option.
Over the weekend in sectional action the way the Lady Panthers exerted their dominance was by qualifying for the Missouri State High School Athletic Association title meet next weekend in Jefferson City in as many events as they could, which, for the record means placing in the top four.
This included the 4x800 relay team of Schyler Angell, Lilly Stidham, Chris Heiman and Kaitlyn Erhart with a personal best time of 10:32.14 and the 4x200 relay team of Schuylar Hatton, Carter Hawkins, Scarlet Fox and Lynsie Curtis also locked down a spot by placing third with a time of 1:34.90.
Taking second in the 100 dash was Curtis in 12.68, Lacey Pavlak was also second in the Shot Put with a throw of 39-9.5 and in the pole vault Curtis was second at 11-6 and Carter Hawkins was fourth with a personal record of 10-6. Jaymi Freeman came in third in the javelin with a distance of 114-3, as well.
As for the Centralia boys, Zane Torreyson made the cut by coming in third in the shot put at 47-6.5 and fourth in the discus in 134-3. But, the main event of the entire day just might have been Peyton Davis, who set a new school record and finished first in the long jump at 23-1, won the 300 hurdles with a time of 39.61 and posted a new school record in ther high jump with a height of 6-6 to place second.
"Both the boys and girls had a great day in one of the hardest sectionals in the state. We had eight events fall just a little short and finish fifth," said coach Jim Newsted. "These included the bous javelin, the 4x200 relay, the girls discus, the 4x100 relay the 400 dash, the 800 run, the 200 dash and the 3,200 run. I'm a proud coach. So far we've had a great season."