2017 Boys Track and Field Finalists
Also a Semoball Awards finalist in football offense, Qualls showed off his supreme athleticism in track and field as well. The senior put a cherry on top of his high school career this spring as he won a gold medal at the Class 2 state meet with a high jump mark of 6 feet, 4 inches.
Anderson was a standout of a strong Blue Jays performance at the Class 2 state meet. He won an individual state title in the 100-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 11.06 seconds. He also showed off his sprinting prowess with three more all-state results — third in the 200, second in the 4x200 relay and fourth in the 4x100 relay.
The Indians’ senior sprinter finished on the podium twice at the Class 2 state competition, highlighted by a state championship in the 200-meter run with a time of 22.39 seconds. Lewis was also a part of Hayti’s fifth-place 4x100 relay squad.
Poplar Bluff, sophomore
The lone underclassmen among this year’s SBA track finalists, Johnson was critical in lifting the Mules to a conference title, as he won four events — the 100, 200, 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles — at the SEMO Conference large school meet. He was twice a district champion and qualified for both hurdle events at Class 5 state, finishing just outside the all-state threshold with a ninth-place result in the 110 hurdles.
In his final competition as a high school athlete, Young rose to the top as one of the best throwers in the area. His shining accomplishment as a gold medal in the javelin, in which he set the Class 2 state record with a throw of 173 feet, 11 inches. Young also finished fourth in the shot put at state.