ROUNDUP: Four Qualify For State, Tennis Season Ends

The Houston track team is sending four to state.

Travis Swearengin and the 4×100 relay team of Johnny Record, Justin Stringer, Ryan Holden and Swearengin each finished second at Saturday’s sectionals at Missouri State University to earn berths at the state meet. The 81st Missouri State High School Athletic Association track and field championships begin Friday at Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City.

Swearengin, who was second at districts, also finished second in the 100 meters on Saturday.

The relay team had a strong performance after placing fourth out of nine teams in districts. The team’s time of 46.06 was second only to Marionville.

“We had bad handoffs in districts but worked hard on those during the week heading in to sectionals,” coach Eric Sloan said. “At sectionals we had perfect handoffs.”

Swearengin will run his first 100-meter heat at 1:25 p.m. Saturday. The relay team competes for the first time at 3:15.

Swearengin and Stringer are also important members of the baseball team.

“I need to say a big thank you to baseball coach Brent Hall for allowing Justin Stringer and Travis Swearengin to run for me this year,” Sloan said. “They have added a big boost to our team.”

TENNIS: The Houston tennis team completed its season Saturday at the single elimination district tournament.

Houston got first-round singles victories from William Jones and Johnathan Page. Jones beat his Stoutland opponent 6-0, 6-1 while Page was victorious 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-3. Each lost their next match.

In doubles play, Ashton Kell and Jeff Stilley were defeated 7-5, 6-0. The team of Megan Graeff and Mollie Kellner lost 6-0, 6-1.

“I felt we represented ourselves pretty well. Of course, I’d like to see our kids make it

further than what they did,” coach John Jordan said. “The positive about this entire season is not only did we have good numbers and the kids improved, but everyone is coming back.”

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