Maplewood splits district title with Gilmour Academy

INDEPENDENCE – Maplewood and Gilmour Academy’s boys teams toggled back and forth for this week’s Division II Independence district track and field meet.

Maplewood started with getting past the Lancers’ 4×800-meter relay on Wednesday for a district title.

The real fun started Friday when the Rockets and Gilmour Academy kept jockeying for position in virtually every distance race.

In the end, the two shared the district title as both had 97 points. Kirtland was third with 83.5 points.

This is Maplewood’s second straight district title.

Gilmour Academy beat the Rockets’ 4×400 team, 3 minutes, 28.70 seconds to 3:29.79.

Then, the Lancers’ Alexander Clapacs beat out Maplewood’s Wyatt Hartman for the 800 title with a meet record 1:55.26. Hartman ran 1:58.31.

Hartman finished second to Independence’s Kyle Polman in the 1,600.

But in each race, Maplewood’s Derek Morrison (800) and Mike Dahmen (1,600) advanced. Tristan Dahmen took second in the 3,200 as the Rockets kept piling on the points.

Maplewood was led by Solomon Yoder’s win the 300 hurdles (40.84) and Stephen Pop’s victory in the discus with a personal best 170 feet, 2 inches.

Mathews’ Jonathan Davis also placed second in the 100 and 200, along with Maplewood’s Erin Pavick in the girls 800.

Gilmour Academy won the girls meet with 107.5 points to Trinity’s 94.5. Badger took third with 82.5.

Leah Blaney and Jennilyn Krumpe, who took first and second, respectively, in the long jump, led the Braves. Krumpe took second in the 100 and 400.

Blaney and Bristol’s Olivia Pilon advanced in the 100 and 300 hurdles, respectively.

Also, Badger’s Brandi Nitch took second in the shot put.