Northwest Missouri will be well represented at the Class 1 and 2 state track and field championships starting today in Jefferson City.
In Class 1, St. Joseph Christian brings a strong squad on the girls side that captured the Class 1 Sectional 4 title with 82 team points. The Lions will compete in 11 events.
Junior Victoria Orton qualified in the 400- and 800-meter dash. Junior Anna Carter will compete in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter run while sophomore Brooklyn Miller competes in the high jump — which she placed second in a season ago — and javelin. Fellow sophomore Elizabeth Voga will look to earn points in the long jump.
The Lions will also have four relay teams competing in the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800.
At sectionals the Lions just edged out Worth County, which also brings a talented team to state which will be represented in nine events. Leading the way for the Tigers are junior Anna Gladstone who is competing individual events and fellow junior Merrideth Spiers, who will throw the shot put and discus.
Worth County captured a Class 2 state title in 2018, tying with West Platte.
Other area standouts in the girls side in Class 1 include: Gallatin sophomore Claire Hemry, who enters with the top time in the 1,600; Maysville junior Emily Brown with the top mark for the area shot put throwers; and Stanberry senior Marissa Jensen, who has Class 1’s top jump in the high jump as the defending champ. The DeKalb 4x100 won state a season ago and placed first at the Class 1 sectional, and the 4x200 will also compete. Freshman Carissa Martin will compete in both, as well as the triple jump. Kristian Goddard will add both relays to her 100-meter competition.
Class 1 boys
On the Class 1 boys side Princeton, Worth County, Mound City and Stanberry will all have plenty of opportunity to earn medals.
The Princeton Tigers took first in the Class 1 Sectional 4 meet and will compete in six events while have multiple individuals in three events. Junior Preston Thomas will lead the way, running as an individual in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. His times in the 1,600 and 3,200 have him ranked second in the field in both events.
Worth County, which took second at state last season, will be represented in six events. In the 110-meter hurdles, senior Bryant McCord has the second best time going to state at 15.76 second. Stanberry will compete in five events.
Class 2 girls
Returning to Jefferson City with a deep squad are the West Platte girls, who captured a state title last season with 50 team points.
Among the eight events that the Blue Jays will compete in include all four relays, while sophomore Mikenna Peters also runs in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles.
Lathrop might only be competing in four events, but the Mules will be well represented in the 100-meter hurdles with Hannah Ballard, Mackinzie Cantrell and Caroline Mayes all entering in the top five.
The other KCI standouts include: Plattsburg senior Sydney Stephens, who will throw the discus, javelin and shot putl East Buchanan’s Emma Klein with the top mark in the triple jump; and Mid-Buchanan’s 4x400-meter relay team of Kelsey Stout, Gracie Livengood, Cali Bailey and Britlyn Dejong.
Class 2 boys
The lone city participant on the boys side is Bishop LeBlond’s Jack Jarrett who will look to finish on the podium in the triple jump. Jarrett heads to Jefferson City with the fourth best jump in the field this season.
The Lathrop boys will also have a deep team after scoring 110 points at sectionals. Among the Mules’ squad includes three relay teams and two participants in both the 110 meter hurdles and discus.
Mid-Buchanan’s Bryce Batliner will compete in the pole vault while East Buchanan is represented by Ty Peppers and Owen Fortney who will both run in the 800 meter run.
Events will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue through Saturday.