PALMYRA, Mo. | The Palmyra boys track and field squad is looking for another successful season and to compete for the Clarence Cannon Conference title.
“(Our goals are to) get faster and stronger everyday,” said Palmyra boys track head coach Shannon Haerr. “Compete at a high level at every meet. Compete for a conference championship and advance as many athletes to the state meet as possible.”
Coach Haerr will look to Weston King and Abe Haerr for leadership on the track team. Palmyra will also look to freshman Hayes Miller as an impact athlete that has the potential to have a big year.
Palmyra will have open competition for roles on the track team. Coach Haerr said he will try to put each athlete in a position to be successful and contribute to the team.
“It's still early, but our top distance runners are Boyd Tripplet and Caleb Juette, (who) are the top returning distance runners with some young guys ready to challenge them,” Coach Haerr said. “Abe Haerr is our top 800 returner and will lead our 800 team. Peyton Timbrook should step into leading our 400 runners. Landon Neiders is our top returning short-distance runner and will lead our sprinters. Hayes Miller is a freshman that we think will help us right away.”
Quade Plunkett, Tripplet and Juette will be Palmyra's primary hurdlers this season.
King returns as the primary discus and shot put thrower this season.
“Weston King will lead our throwers,” Coach Haerr said. “Josh Lickfield, Luke Tripplet and a large group of young throwers will push them.”
The Panthers will have four primary athletes competing in the high jump and the long jump.
“Abe Haerr is our top returning high jumper and Dylan Epperson is also a returning high jumper,” Coach Haerr said. “Landon Neiders and Christian Johnson are returning to the long jump and will lead that group.”
Dylan Redd set a school record in pole vaulting and returns this season after barely missing out qualifying for the state meet last year.
“Top vaulters are Dylan Redd and Conner Roberts, who will push each other and be very competitive, hopefully advancing to state,” Coach Haerr said.
Monroe City is the defending conference champion, and Palmyra hopes they can close the gap this season.
“We always want to compete for a CCC championship and have been close to the top the last few years,” Coach Haerr said. “Then, we want to advance as many as possible through districts, sectionals and to state.”
Monday, March 23: Winfield Early Invitational, 4 p.m.
Friday, March 27: Hannibal Dual, 4 p.m.
Thursday, April 2: Monroe City Invitational, 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 7: Clark County Meet, 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 14: Jerry Ball Relays at Culver-Stockton College, 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 18: Capital City Relays at Jefferson City High School, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, April 21: Montgomery County Invitational, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, April 24: Brookfield Relays, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, April 28: Gerald Mansfield Invitational, 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 5: CCC Championship at Clark County High School, 3:30 p.m.
Erik Fender, junior
Xzavier Battaglio, sophomore
Nelson Cates, sophomore
Dylan Epperson, sophomore
Nick Erwin, sophomore
Noah Getz, sophomore
Abe Haerr, junior
Jackson Janes, freshman
Christian Johnson, sophomore
Jose Juarez, freshman
Brosnon Juette, freshman
Caleb Juette, sophomore
Weston King, junior
Josh Lickfield, junior
Braden Madden, sophomore
Hayes Miller, freshman
Landon Neiders, senior
Quade Plunkett, junior
Dylan Redd, senior
Connor Roberts, senior
Jayden Sharrow, freshman
Elijah Singh, junior
Peyton Timbrook, junior
Boyd Tripplet, senior
Luke Tripplet, sophomore
Shannon Haerr, head coach
Darin Redd, assistant coach
Carl Parman, assistant coach