Irwin set to roar on the track in Joplin

Will Johnson

Whether he was on the football field or on the track, 2018 Owensville High School graduate Sean Irwin gave it everything he had in the field of competition.

Earning All-State honors in both football and track during his senior year, the now former Dutchmen will trade his OHS orange and black for Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) green and yellow in Joplin.

As a Lion during the upcoming academic year, Irwin will focus on track for the NCAA Division II school located in Joplin.

MSSU is also a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA).

 Leaving OHS as the school record holder in the 110-meter hurdles, Sean finished in first or second place in every 100-meter hurdle race he competed in as  an OHS senior track and field athlete.

He won his first five races of the season at Blair Oaks, Washington, OHS, Montgomery County and Union.

Irwin suffered his first defeat of the spring at the Corey Sierbert Relays on the Rockwood Summit High School campus in St. Louis finishing second to Rock Bridge’s (Columbia) Martez Manuel.

Placing second to St. James Tiger junior Grant Conway from the OHS Relays to the MSHSAA Class 3, District 5 track meet at St. James, their last meeting in Class 3 sectional action at Carthage High School was bittersweet for both athletes.

Falling three hurdles into the race, Conway settled for eighth place while Irwin captured a sectional title in a winning time of 15.19.

Winning his preliminary heat over Memorial Day weekend at state, Sean settled for second place in the Class 3 110-meter hurdle finals to Chillicothe’s Brett Schaffer setting a new OHS school record time of 14.62.

That was not all the state medals for the Dutchmen senior as Irwin went on to place fifth in the 300-meter hurdles, sixth in the long jump and eighth in the high jump earning All-State honors in four events.

“It was pretty awesome to earn All-State in four events to cap my high school track career,” Irwin said. “I’m anxious to see what I can do in college as a lion in Joplin.”

As a junior on the track, Irwin also no worse than third place competing in the 110-meter hurdles.

Settling for runner-up during the annual Four Rivers Conference (FRC) meet that year, Sean redeemed on his home track during the MSHSAA Class 3, District 5 meet at Dutchmen Field.

Winning a district title in the 110-meter hurdles and as a part of the 4x200-meter relay team, Irwin helped Owensville win their third straight district title as a junior before helping them capture a fourth consecutive district championship as a senior during the district track meet in St. James.

Two weeks earlier at New Haven, Irwin helped his Dutchmen teammates keep their stranglehold on the FRC title.

Winning FRC crowns in the long jump and high jump, Sean also took second in both the 110 and 300-meter hurdles helping OHS claim their fifth consecutive FRC championship on the track.

“Sean was a big part in us winning conference, district and sectional championships this year,” OHS head track coach Matt Candrl said. “He will be one of those athletes that will be hard to replace next spring.”

Irwin showed his versatility throughout high school as a three-sport athlete excelling in football, basketball and track.

“Sean was one of those kids that would do anything you asked him to do on the field or in the classroom,” OHS head football coach and Activities Director Dale Long said.