Both Tiger track teams finish within arms' reach of first place

CAMDENTON — If a couple more things went Waynesville's way on Tuesday night the Tigers, both the boys and the girls, would be bringing home first place trophies from the Camdenton Invitational.

That, of course, is not the way the world works and so the girls finished second and the boys third.

The Camdenton girls took first place with a score of 155 while the Lady Tigers posted a score of 133.

Smith-Cotton took home the gold on the boys' side, posting a 115. Camdenton was second with 113 points and Waynesville had 108 points for a third place finish.

Ariel Okorie had another great showing, clocking in at 14.95 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles and 49.1 in the 300 hurdles — both good for first. She scored 36 points throughout her four events as she placed second in her long and high jump events.

Nya Dorsey, Kaprina Stewart, Kennedy Belt and Hannah Bland teamed up in the 4x200 relay to run a 1:51.37 and beat everyone else in that event.

Trey Eaddy finished in front in the 100 meter dash with a 11.55 second time.

Najim Udchachon was the quickest in the 1600 and 3200 meter race with times of 4:47.37 and 10:27.34 respectively.

While coach Mike Rawlings felt good about both teams and their finishes, he was still wondering what if afterwards though.

“The girls team had a some that were just getting back into action coming off illness and it limited the number of events they were competing in tonight,” Rawlings said. “The boys had a missed exchange in the 4x100 while leading the race which lead to a disqualification in the event. That and the loss of Kain Youman in the 400 after injuring his hip in the 4x200 cost the boys key opportunities to add points to their total.”

He wouldn't let that dampen his mood any though, as he was proud of both the boys and the girls and the effort they showed.