FORT SCOTT — The Labette County High School boys track team placed third at the Fort Scott Invitational Friday.

Paola won the meet with 174 points and Pittsburg finished second with 125 points. Labette had 93 points, Nevada, Mo., had 70, Coffeyville had 51, Fort Scott 42, Parsons 20 and Anderson County 3.

Even though the Grizzlies finished in third place, boys track Coach Craig Hartman said it was the finest team performance of  the year.

“We had numerous season best performances and several all time personal best performances,” Hartman said.

Chandler Carson won the 110-meter high hurdles in a competitive field with a personal best time of 14.5, Hartman said.

“Chandler ran extremely well from start to finish with an outstanding time,” he said.

George Langston won the 1600 meter run in 4:50 and the 3200 meter run in 10:28.

“George’s effort in both races was exceptional and he ran his season best time in the 3200. We were very proud of how hard George ran and how well he competed on Friday,” Hartman said.

Garett Britton won the 300 meter intermediate hurdles with a personal best time of 39.9.

“Garett tied our school record and ran a flawless race against a very good field of intermediate hurdlers,” Hartman said.

The 4 by 100 meter relay team of Dominic Johnson, Jalen Holder, Garett Britton and Chandler Carson placed third with a season best time of 45.1. The 4 by 400 meter relay team of Holder, Bryce Thomas, Mitchell Kelly and Britton placed third with a season best time of 3:38.1. The 4 by 800 meter relay team of Mitchell Kelly, Jacob Webster, Trey Morgan and Jared Hawks placed third in a time of 9:23.

Ty Gatton placed third in the javelin with a throw of 164-foot, 4 inches. Bryce Thomas was second in the pole vault with a vault of 10 feet.  Josh Wilson was second in the shot put with a personal record throw of 45-feet 3/4 inches.

Hartman said the coaching staff was pleased with the overall performances. Kristi Snider is distance coach, Scott Carson is jumps coach and Marty Warren is throws coach.

“This group of young men have been very hard working and cooperative this season in practice and at meets. Even though our team finish wasn’t as high as the other meets (LCHS, first; Parsons, first; Coffeyville, second), this was our best performance so far and we expect our kids to continue to improve and compete well this season,” Hartman said.

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