Palmyra boys track looks to compete for conference title

Palmyra boys track looks to compete for conference
The 2020 Palmyra boys track and field team poses for a photo at the starting line at Palmyra High School. Front row left to right: Boyd Tripplet, Bronson Juette, Caleb Juette, Landon Neiders, Christian Johnson, Hayes Miller, Dylan Redd, Braden Madden, Jackson Janes and Noah Getz. Back row left to right: Head coach Shannon Haerr, Dylan Epperson, Jayden Sharrow, Nick Erwin, Weston King, Abe Haerr, Elijah Singh, Josh Lickfield, Jose Juarez, Luke Tripplet, Xzavier Battaglio, Erik Fender, Assistant Coach Carl Parman. Not pictured: Assistant Coach Darin Redd, Nelson Cates, Quade Plunkett, Connor Roberts and Peyton Timbrook.
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By MIKE THOMAS
Courier-Post Sports Editor
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Posted: Mar. 16, 2020 12:25 pm Updated: Mar. 16, 2020 12:30 pm

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.”

2020 Schedule

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.

 

Team Roster

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

Coaching Staff

Shannon Haerr, head coach

Darin Redd, assistant coach

Carl Parman, assistant coach

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The Missouri high school spring sports season will be delayed until at least the beginning of May due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Most local schools have canceled classes until May 1, and will re-evaluate the situation as it gets closer to that date. The best case scenario would have high school sports resume soon after.