Joplin boys take 1st, Camryn Ledford breaks record at Joplin Invitational

Highlights from Thursday's Joplin Invitational.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin High School hosts its annual varsity track and field invitational. Local schools from southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas compete today.

Joplin’s Donovyn Fowler wins two events. In the long jump, his first jump of the day is his best. Fowler wins with a mark of 23 feet 7 inches.

“I knew a lot of my family and friends were going to come out to support and I just really wanted to make them happy,” Fowler says. “I didn’t get 24 today but 23.7 is not bad for a decent meet. I definitely feel like I’m on track. I feel like with the right coaching staff, I think amazing things are going to happen by state.”

Fowler also wins the triple jump with a mark of 14.40 meters. The Joplin boys take first place as a team. Webb City comes in third.

On the track, Camryn Ledford (Joplin HS) competes in the 1600 meter run. She places fourth and hits a new personal record with a time of 5:37.69 seconds.

“My mile has not been that great in the past so it feels really great to PR,” Ledford says. “I knew at practices I had been focusing on distance a little more so I knew it was going to be a good one.”

Ledford also breaks a national record today in the javelin. Her best throw reaches 13.62 meters.

The Carl Junction girls pick up a few first place finishes. In the 100 meter hurdles, Ally Montez blows out the competition. She crosses the finish line in 15.02 seconds.

“It feels good to know that even though I didn’t have a good race I still won,” Montez says. “It’s is very encouraging. It makes me super excited for when I do have a good day so I win by even more and it’s very encouraging considering state is coming up.”

The Carl Junction girls 4×100 meter relay team wins today. The Bulldogs take first place with a time of 51.39 seconds.

As a team, the CJ girls finish in third place. The Webb City girls place one spot above the Bulldogs in second.

Click HERE for final results from the meet.