Candrl, Rasmussen to represent Dutchgirls at state track meet

Will Johnson

CARTHAGE — Qualifying for sectionals in three events, Owensville Dutchgirl freshman Katie Candrl looked to keep her first season of high school track going another week Saturday in Carthage.

Katie’s quest for three events at state began late Saturday morning at Carthage High School in the Class 3 Girls Pole Vault.

Unable to clear nine feet during districts a week earlier in the pole vault, Candrl looked for redemption in southwest Missouri.

Tying her school record clearing 9-06, she placed third in the event behind a pair of 10-06 vaulters from Reeds Spring and Mount Vernon.

“If she goes out and vaults what she did at sectionals, Katie has a very good shot of ending up on the podium at state,” her father and coach Matt Candrl said.

Starting her day on the track shortly after noon in the Class 3 Girls 100-meter hurdles, the young Candrl cleanly raced to a second-place time of 16.59 to punch her first ticket to the 2018 MSHSAA Track and Field Championships this weekend in Jefferson City.

Ending her day in the 300-meter hurdles, Katie needed a big kick in the final stretch of the race to post a third-place time of 49.79.

“I’m excited to be going to state as a freshman in three events,” Katie said. “I’m looking to just go out there, have fun and do my best.”

Candrl will open her state track weekend with the preliminaries of the Class 3 Girls 100-meter hurdles at 11:35 a.m., followed later in the day by the 300-meter hurdles prelims at 3:35 p.m. She will also compete Saturday at 9 a.m., in the Class 3 Girls Pole Vault.

Joining Katie as the other Dutchgirl track athlete at state will be junior thrower Bailey Rasmussen.

Posting her best throw of 115-10 right out of the gate, Rasmussen edged Eldon’s Haley Clifton by seven inches for second place and one of four qualifying spots in the Class 3 Girls Discus Saturday morning at the 2018 MSHSAA Track and Field Championships.

“Putting a big throw out there early put pressure on my competition,” Rasmussen said. “I felt a sigh of relief hitting that big throw on my first attempt.”

This will be Bailey’s second straight year going to state in the discus.

“I’ll be more prepared this year than I was last year,” Rasmussen said. “Last year was kind of overwhelming. This year, I know what it takes.”

Bailey will compete in the Class 3 Girls Discus Saturday in Jefferson City at high noon.