Lebanon track and field team competes at districts

Photo courtesy Nicholas Mebruer
Lebanon freshman Jenna Glendenning (middle), qualified for the sectional tournament by placing first in the 300 meter hurdles, third in the 100 meter hurdles and fourth in the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay on Saturday in Sedalia.


The Lebanon girls’ track and field team continues to roll, taking fourth place out of 10 teams at the Missouri Class 5 District 5 tournament on Saturday at Sedalia, qualifying in multiple events.

In the District tournament, the top four from each event will advance to the sectional round.

As a team, the Lady ‘Jackets finished in third-place out of eight teams with a team score of 113, finishing just one point shy behind Ozark and 65.5 points behind first-place Jefferson City.

Missouri Southern State track and field signee, Wynter Nekola placed first in the high jump with a mark of 5-02.00. Lebanon sophomore Abby O’Connor finished second in the high jump to clinch a spot at the sectional tournament. 

“She (Wynter) is jumping very well right now,” Lebanon head track and field coach Shane Rebmann said. “Although she wasn’t satisfied with the height she cleared, I think she has a great chance to move on to state next week and earn an all-state finish.”

O’Connor also qualified for sectionals in the 400-meter dash, finishing in fourth, just seconds off the leader.

LHS freshman Jenna Glendenning and junior Grace Calhoun both won district championships as Calhoun received first-place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16 seconds, and Glendenning won the 300-meter hurdles with a time 47.02 seconds. 

“Those two are just so competitive that nothing they do surprises me,” Rebmann said. “They both ran clean races and that paid off as there were people falling all over the place in the hurdles.”

In the mile run, Lebanon junior Liz Christal finished in third-place with a time of 5:34, crushing her seasons best time by 20 seconds according to Rebmann.

On Saturday, the ‘Jackets 4x100 meter relay team consisting of Jazzlyn Wells, Calhoun, Kiara Waterman and Glendenning, broke a school record with a time of 51.53 seconds, finishing in fourth place to seal a spot at the sectional tournament.

“They have really wanted that record so it’s good to get that monkey off our back and now they can just focus on another top 4 finish and moving on to state,” Rebmann said about his 4x100 team. 

The 4x400-meter relay team of Nekola, Calhoun, Glendenning and Kelsey Winfrey punched their tickets into the sectional round with a time of 4:08.85, finishing fourth in their respective heat.

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