MULES RECAP: Deaton places 2nd at Notre Dame race

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Jaden Deaton ran his fastest time of the season Saturday but finished second at the 18th annual Notre Dame Invitational.

Notre Dame senior Blake Morris won the 5,000-meter race in 15 minutes, 52.18 seconds followed by Deaton in 16:31.

Dexter’s Margo Nea finished second to St. Charles West sophomore Lilian Jackson in the girls race. Jackson won in 19:34 followed by Nea in 19:45.

East Carter’s Kennedy Thies finished seventh at 20:37.

Deaton improved his time by nearly 7 seconds from his win at the Fox Invitational on Sept. 27. The junior will race against Morris again at Ozark Ridge Golf Course on Oct. 17 when Poplar Bluff hosts the SEMO North Conference meet. Morris is the defending conference champion while Deaton placed second last year.

The Mules placed ninth as a team while Poplar Bluff’s girls were 12th led by Salah McCormack in 24th place at 22:03.

Paige Bradley (24:15) was 63rd, Tymber Colvin (25:43) was 73rd, Kenya Jones (25:09) 78th and Julia Smothers (26:23) was 96th for Poplar Bluff.

Tristan Gillihan (19:33) placed 59th for the Mules, Aaron Taylor (19:49) was 65th, Brent Worley (20:21) 87th and Ashten Hayman (20:35) was 93rd.

Poplar Bluff’s Junior High girls extended their winning streak by beating DeSoto 45-48 for the team title.

Madison Kordick led the Mules in fourth place at 10:56 followed by Hannah Kee (11:00) and Lyndsay Weaver (11:03). Lauren Hobbs (11:14) was 12th while Laynie Jones (11:32) placed 24th and Samantha Ruiz (11:47) added a point to DeSoto’s score by finishing ahead of the second-place team’s last scoring runner.

Cameron Sisk led the Mules in 26th place at 10:19 as Poplar Bluff finished sixth. Jackson Moore (10:31) was 30th, Cayden Larkins (10:40) was 32nd, Aieden Castillo (10:49) 38th and Trey Huskey(11:16) 50th.


Jackson knocked Poplar Bluff out of the MSHSAA Class 2 District 1 tournament Monday with a 6-0 win.

The top-seeded doubles team of Clarissa Varner and Sabrina Hurst lost 8-0 while Isabella Sifford and Amelia Mizra fell 8-3. Senior Eva Bedell and Demi Wisdom lost 8-1.

Varner lost her top-seeded singles match 6-0, 6-3 while Sabrina Hurst fell 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4 and Wisdom lost her No. 5 match 6-1, 6-0.

The sixth-seeded Mules, who finished 3-10 on the season, travel Thursday to Cape Central for the individual district tournament with Bedell and Wisdom set to play singles and Varner-Hurst and Sifford-Mirza playing in the single-elimination doubles tournament.


After going 2-2 at the Kewpie Classic in Columbia, Missouri over the weekend with a pair of wild endings, the Mules lost 20-7 at Notre Dame on Monday.

Poplar Bluff (5-18) opened with a 10-1 loss to Kirksville on Friday then rallied with a seven-run seventh inning to beat Truman 10-9. On Saturday, the Mules got another seven-run inning to break a tie and beat Ft. Zumwalt South 16-10 before losing to Liberty North 12-0.

The Mules trailed 9-3 heading to the seventh against Truman when Ella Zgaynor, Clara Rahlman, Brylee Misner, McKenzie Smith, Serena Davis and Bre Thresher each had hits to cut the deficit to two runs. With the bases loaded and one out, Adrienne Casey’s hit led to three runs and the lead with the aid of an error.

Misner drove in five runs during the four games with four doubles, Smith also had five RBIs, Rahlmann drove in three. Misner struck out seven against Truman and picked up two wins in the circle.

The Mules will honor their seniors Tuesday prior to playing Kelly.

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