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By: David Sharp
Green City took third place in the overall boys Class 1 Team Standings at the May 20-21, 2022 Class 1-2 Track and Field Championships held at Jefferson City High School. Asher Buggs- Tipton continued his dominance, winning gold medals in the boys Long Jump, Triple Jump along with the 110 and 300m hurdles.
Principia HS won the Class 1 boys team championship with 73 points. Worth County won second place with 47 points. Princeton took seventh with 22 boys’ points. Newtown- Harris tied for 15th with 16 points.
Green City and Marion County took 19th place with 15 girls team points.
Meranda Lewis was fifth in the girls 100m dash and eighth in the girls 200m dash.
Asher Buggs-Tipton won the boys long jump with a distance of 21’7”. Tipton claimed gold medals for Green City in the boys Triple Jump along with the 110 and 300m hurdles.
Sophomore Asher Buggs-Tipton has now won every state track gold medal he has competed for in two seasons. “It’s a big milestone that I have been trying to accomplish,” Asher Buggs-Tipton said of his winning four state track events in 2022.
“It says I have enough longevity to do all sorts of things. I have been working hard for it,” Buggs- Tipton said of winning eight of eight state track events over two seasons. “My times weren’t the best because that hamstring was holding me back a little bit.”
Tipton was somewhat limited by injuries, to the point he considered not competing in the triple jump. “For what I did do, I thought I did pretty good. I’m striving to be the best I can be. I just come out here and do my thing.”
“It just makes me feel good about all the time I took off. All that work pays off,” Asher Buggs- Tipton said. “It’s not just me improving. It’s helping others improve. It’s not just me.”
Newton-Harris was seventh in the 4x800m with a time of 8:49.44 seconds. Gauge MacGregor, Hunter Miller, Payton Miller and Zackary Cross ran for Newtown-Harris.
Aaron Peavler placed 11th in the boys 100m dash For Green City in 11.67 seconds.
Green City senior Madison Lunsford placed 16th in the girls 1600m run in 6:38.14 seconds.
Aaron Peavler of Green City and Knox County senior Jacob Becker tied for 12th in the Class 1 boys high jump at 5’8”.
Gauge McGregor won a Newtown-Harris seventh place medal in the boys 3200m run in 10:40.76 seconds.
Green City’s Asher Buggs-Tipton won the boys triple jump at 43’ ¼”. Tipton won the boys 110m hurdles in 14.41 seconds. Green City senior Laydon Fields took 11th in the boys Javelin at 133 ’6”.
Green City’s girls 4x800m relay team of Britney Jeffries, Alexa Lee, Madison Lunsford and Mia Ortega placed 16th in 12:23.52 seconds. Zackary Cross was fifth in the 110m hurdles for Newtown- Harris in 16.202 seconds.
Meranda Lewis won the fifth place medal in the girls 100m dash in 12.94 seconds. Lewis battled injuries to compete for Green City. Laydon Fields, Xander Salas, Thaydon Forest and Aaron Peavler won fifth place medals in the boys 4x100m relay with a time of 45.93 seconds.
Meranda Lewis won the long jump bronze medal at 16’8”. Stanberry senior Lexi Craig broke the meet record twice on the way to a gold medal performance in the girl’s Javelin at 146’9”.
Asher Buggs-Tipton won the boys’ 300m hurdles in 39.43 seconds. Zach Cross won a Newtown-Harris silver medal in 40.55 seconds.
Defending state champion Meranda Lewis took the eighth place medal in the girls 200m dash for Green City in 28.78 seconds.