BAXTER — The Collins-Maxwell/Baxter boys’ track and field team got a 1-2 finish in the shot put from sophomore Will Clapper and senior Brady Kemp, and that guided the Raiders to a seventh-place finish with 67 points.
Class 3A Gilbert cruised to the team title with 177 points. Nevada was a distant second with 96 points, and Roland-Story (87) rounded out the top three. Prairie City-Monroe (81), South Hamilton (79), North Polk (77), CMB (67), Greene County (43) and Saydel (32) rounded out the field.
Clapper won his second straight conference shot put title. The Raiders went 1-2 in the event, and Clapper also was third in the discus.
“(Kemp) throws before me and he always sets the bar for what I have to do to win,” Clapper said. “I have been working on my form the past few days, and I had some really good throws in warmups so that boosted my confidence a little bit.”
Clapper’s winning throw of 50 feet, 10 inches came on his second toss. Kemp had a brief lead and set the gold-medal bar with his throw of 49-1 1/2.
“I was real happy with that winning throw,” Clapper said. “I got a lot of power behind that one. That one felt good. There is still a bunch of stuff to work on.”
Clapper was third in the discus, too. His bronze-medal throw covered 133-10.
Sophomore Ben Huff was fourth in the long jump, junior Carter Fricke placed fourth in the 400 and the shuttle hurdle relay team placed fourth.
The shuttle hurdle relay team included juniors Joe Keeling and Marcus Mitchell, freshman Brett Livesay and senior Ben Gunderson. They finished in 1 minute, 5.74 seconds.