Three times the state medals

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 6/2/21

JEFFERSON CITY — Seven state track and field medals.

That was the goal for Owensville Dutchgirl senior Katie Candrl going into her final Missouri State High School Activities Association …

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Three times the state medals

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JEFFERSON CITY — Seven state track and field medals.

That was the goal for Owensville Dutchgirl senior Katie Candrl going into her final Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Track and Field Championships Saturday at Jefferson City High School’s Adkins Stadium.

Her first of four chances at a state medal to end her senior season came in the Class 3 Girls 100-meter hurdles.

Coming into the event, her sectional time of 15.17 was the second fastest behind Ste. Genevieve senior Megan Aubuchon’s time of 14.58.

Running in the second of two heats, Candrl placed second in a new school record time of 15.13 behind Aubuchon’s first-place time of 14.45.

“I just really wanted to go for it today,” Katie Candrl said. “I’m happy I was able to beat my time from sectionals.”

An hour later, Candrl looked to help Dutchgirl teammates Saylor Richardson, Kate Angell and Alexis Kohrmann to the medal stand in the Class 3 Girls 4x200-meter relay.

Competing in the second of two heats, the Dutchgirls missed the top eight by less than two seconds finishing in a 10th-place time of 1:51.51.

Breaking the school record at sectionals, bad hand offs affected the Dutchgirls at state.

“The hand offs just weren’t there today,” Coach Candrl said. “The girls had an awesome ride to get to the state meet.”

Nearly two hours later, Candrl’s next shot at a state medal came in the Class 3 Girls Pole Vault.

Clearing 3.58 meters (11 feet, nine inches) at sectionals, she also entered this event with the second-best mark just behind Centralia senior Carter Hawkins who cleared 3.60m (11 feet, 9.75 inches) at her sectional meet.

Misses at previous heights decided the final outcome of the event.

Along with Candrl and Hawkins, Hadley Jetmore (Pembroke Hill) and Jordan Dunn (Summit Christian Academy) all cleared 3.42m.

With neither of the four remaining athletes unable to clear the next height, Hawkins was declared the state champion based on having only one miss at a previous height.

Candrl and Jetmore both had two misses at previous heights to finish tied for second place.

“Katie (Candrl) being runner up in two events was pretty good,” OHS head track and field coach Matt Candrl said.

Candrl’s final event was the 300-meter hurdles.

Also in the second heat of that event, her time of 45.91 was good for fourth place overall and her third state medal of the meet giving her a total of six for her high school career.

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