Eight members of the Newburg High School boys’ and girls’ track teams qualified for state competition in a total of 10 events during Saturday’s Missouri Class 1 Section 2 Meet at Marshfield High School.


The top four finishers in each event advanced from the sectional meet to this week’s Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Class 1 Track and Field State Championships, to be held at Dwight T. Reed Stadium on the campus of Lincoln University at Jefferson City Friday and Saturday.


Newburg qualifiers includes Josh Smith in the pole vault; Brandon Sutton in the 110-meter hurdles; Dustin Colegate in the 100-meter dash; Cory Kost in the 300-meter hurdles, and the 4x100-meter relay team of Sutton, Coletate, Cameron Smith and Kost for the boys and Clarissa Rosenburg in both the discus and shot put; Mary Porter in both the 800-run and 1,600-meter run, and Alex Hoffman in the shot put for the girls.


Eight members of the Newburg High School boys’ and girls’ track teams qualified for state competition in a total of 10 events during Saturday’s Missouri Class 1 Section 2 Meet at Marshfield High School.

The top four finishers in each event advanced from the sectional meet to this week’s Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Class 1 Track and Field State Championships, to be held at Dwight T. Reed Stadium on the campus of Lincoln University at Jefferson City Friday and Saturday.

Newburg qualifiers includes Josh Smith in the pole vault; Brandon Sutton in the 110-meter hurdles; Dustin Colegate in the 100-meter dash; Cory Kost in the 300-meter hurdles, and the 4x100-meter relay team of Sutton, Coletate, Cameron Smith and Kost for the boys and Clarissa Rosenburg in both the discus and shot put; Mary Porter in both the 800-run and 1,600-meter run, and Alex Hoffman in the shot put for the girls.

In addition, the Newburg boys’ 4x200-meter relay team of Sutton, Colegate, C. Smith and Kost placed second overall. However, that squad was disqualified for a uniform violation. According to Newburg coach Bill Towns a Newburg relay member was DQd for having two separate logos displayed. Towns protested the decision but to no avail.

Hoffman had the lone Newburg first-place finish, winning the shot put. Also for the Lady Wolves Rosenburg was third in the shot put and fourth in the discus while Porter was third in the 800-meter run and fourth in the 1,600-meter run.

For the Wolf boys, placing second were Josh Smith in the pole vault and the 4x100-meter relay squad while Kost was third in the 300-meter hurdles and placing fourth were Sutton in the 110-meter hurdles and Colegate in the 100-meter dash.

“We’re very pleased,” Towns said. “It’s like we’ve said all season, we’re small in number but we have good, quality kids who really put their hearts into the track season. And I feel they will do very well at state.

“We’ve only got four girls on the team and three of them are going. And the fourth girl, Katy Towns...if all of our kids had the heart and work ethic she has all of them would be state champions. Mary Porter could have gone in three events, but there just wasn’t enough time for her to recover between the 800 and 3,200 meter races.”

In the sectional team standings Newburg placed fifth in the girls’ meet and seventh in the boys’ meet.