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McFarland racks up big points at state meet

Sunday, June 5, 2005

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Jeffrey McFarland
NEW MADRID - One of the top performers at last week's Class 3 MSHSAA Track and Field State Championships was New Madrid County Central sprinter Jeffrey McFarland.

McFarland, a senior, racked up 17 individual points in the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes and he also ran a leg on the Eagles' seventh place 4 x 200 meter relay team, for an additional two points.

He finished second in the 200 meter dash, fourth in the 100 meter dash and fifth in the 400 meter dash -- a stellar finish to a very good career.

But even with medals in four events, NMCC coach Dempsey Craft said McFarland wanted more.

"He was a little disappointed at state -- he was hoping to win at least one and even two or three of them," said Craft. "But I talked to him afterwards and he has won eight medals at state in his career That's a pretty good career." McFarland was undefeated in the 100 and 200 meter dashes all year until Sikeston sprinter Felante Larry edged him in the sectional qualifying meet in the 200.

And McFarland had only been defeated once in the 400 meter dash.

But he narrowly missed his first individual state title as he was nipped in the 200 meter dash by Kansas City Central sophomore Chandler Brooks.

"To go undefeated like he did, that's unheard of to accomplish, especially with the competition we see," said Craft. "He was disappointed he didn't do better at state, but it was a year where the competition was awesome. The Larry kid was the only one that beat him in the 200 until the finals at state and he didn't even make it to the finals. That's just how tight the competition was up there."

The accomplishments are probably enough evidence to name McFarland the fastest high school athlete in Southeast Missouri.

McFarland's performance at state was a huge improvement from last year, when he placed third in the 200, and seventh in both the 100 and 400.

"He had a better meet this year than he did last year as far as placing and with his times," said Craft. "He's just a super kid. He along with the other seniors are leaving this track program in a lot better shape than they found it. He works so hard and he's so much of a team player. There wasn't any jealousy of him getting all the attention because he earned it."

McFarland has gotten some interest from Lincoln University and Missouri Baptist to run track in college.