Track season is winding down and that means the weekends are getting more and more important. On Saturday, May 12, track athletes from all around Missouri gatherered for District meets.
Runners, jumpers and throwers all took the track to keep the season going. Some did better than others.
So we want to know: What St. Charles County athlete had the best showing during District track weekend? The nominees are:
Chase Abbington—: In the fall, Zumwalt South's Chase Abbington showed he was fast on the football field. This spring he showed he was fast on the track. Abbington became a District champion on Saturday at Parkway Central in the 100-meter dash. The Bulldog junior won by a narrow margin—his time of 11.37 was just a hair better than the second-place finisher.
Josh McDonald—: The best thrower at the Parkway Central was, without a doubt, Timberland's Josh McDonald. Armed with both a shot and a discus, McDonald was a two-time District champion at the Class 4, District 4 meet. McDonald chucked the shot an impressive 56-feet-6-inches, more than four feet more than the second-place finisher, to win the District title. His discus throw was, somehow, ever more impressive. With a chuck of 192-feet-3-inches, McDonald demolished the field. His toss was more than 44-feet further than the runner up.
Madeline Middlebrooks—: Winning one District title is nice, but Madeline Middlebrooks would rather have two. The Fort Zumwalt West thrower was the top girls thrower at the Class 4, District 4 meet, winning titles in both the shot and discus. Middlebrooks shot went 38-feet-3.5 inches to give her a two-foot edge for the District crown. In the discus, Middlebrook truly stood out. Her toss of 139-feet outpaced the field by 25 feet for her second title of the day.
Abby Smegner—: The Duchesne girls track team thrived in the longer-distance races during Saturday's Class 3, District 4 meet. The Pioneer girls won both the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter relays. The other race win came in the 800-meter run via Abby Smegner. The Duchesne runner topped the field in the 800 with her first-place time of 2:20.8. Smegner crossed the finish line a second before the second-place runner to claim the District title.
Remember: It's all for fun. This is simply a fan's choice award.
Want to write in your own candidate? Go ahead! But be sure to explain your pick in the comments and be sure to vote by 12 p.m. on Friday, May 18. Again, the poll closes at noon on Friday.
Have a nomination next week? Email your Athlete of the Week nomination to Joe Barker at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do our best to put them in the mix.