March 15, 2013

Southern women's track adds two more for 2013-14

Joplin, Mo. -- Missouri Southern women's track and field coach Patty Vavra has announced the additions of two more athletes to her recruiting class for 2013-14. 

Joining the Lions are Cara Butcher-Spellman and Joni Reinkemeyer. Both are Missouri residents and both will help bolster the cross country team. 

Butcher-Spellman comes to Southern from Bolivar, Mo., where she prepped at Bolivar High Schoool and ran for coach Ron Bandy. A three-time letterwinner in both cross country and track and field, Bucher-Spellman was a three-time state qualifier in cross country, as well. 

This past season, Butcher-Spellman placed 45th at the Class 3 state meet and was a second-place finisher in the district meet. She has qualified once for the state track and field meet. The school and conference record holder in the 4x800m relay, Butcher-Spellman is the daughter of Jim Spellman and Lutie Butcher. She is undecided in her future major at Southern. 

Reinkemeyer is a native of Linn, Mo. and prepped Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City. A four-year letterwinner on both the cross country and track and field teams at Helias, Reinkemeyer was a four-time qualifier in cross country and a three-time All-District selection. She helped her cross country team to three-different district championships. 

On the track, she was a two-time state qualifier and was an All-District pick in the 4x800m, mile run and two mile run. She helped the Crusaders to a district championship on the track, as well. The daughter of John and Nancy Reinkemeyer, Joni plans to major in dental hygiene at Southern.