William Chrisman High School senior Nieka Wheeler is a basketball player who was featured in many scouting reports in the recently completed season. She led the Bears in scoring and rebounding, averaging 18.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.
By SAM MCDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
Often forgotten, she's an outstanding track athlete, too. Having taken no time off after the basketball season, Wheeler has put up an impressive track by winning the 100- and 200-meters last Saturday at the Missouri Class 4, District 8 girls' meet. Wheeler is one of many area athletes moving on to the Class 4, Sectional 4 meets Friday and Saturday at Blue Springs High School. The meets serve as a Class 4 state qualifiers.
The host Wildcats are one of the favorites after a highly-decorated day at the Class 4, District 7 girls district. Transfer Jazmin McCoy, the defending state champion in the long jump, is a big reason why. She not only won the long jump but also added wins in the 100- and 200-meters and served as a member of the Wildcats' winning 800 relay squad. Wildcats freshman Alicia Starr won the high jump, and senior Tyra Bickham won the shot put and discus throw.
Truman freshman Alexis Hart had a particularly impressive day at the Class 4, District 8 meet by breaking a school record with a triple jump of 38 feet, 10 inches.
At the same meet at Staley High School, Fort Osage junior Asia Cole successfully defended her title in the shot put and placed second in the discusd.
Competing on her home track, Raymore-Peculiar junior Morgan Smith won both hurdles races (100 and 300) in District 7. Lee's Summit North placed second in the district, led by wins from Rhema Taylor (400 meter) and Lia Howe (pole vault).
Lee's Summit West was a close third place with a victory from distance runner Kennadee Williams, the team's top cross country runner this fall, who won the 3,200 meters. Titans junior Jamie Newsome won the triple jump.
St. Teresa's, which placed fourth, earned wins from Courtney Coppinger (1,600) and Lane Maquire (800).
In one sense, Truman High School is earning a reputation for two quality track runners. On the other hand, juniors Roy Bay and Cole Rockhold don't have a whole lot in common.
While Bay continues to impress in sprints, Rockhold is maintaining his spot as a runner to beat in the distance events.
Nothing changed last Saturday.
Running in the Class 4, District 8 meet, Bay took home the 100- and 200-meter titles, and Rockhold won the 1,600 and 3,200.
Fort Osage senior Austin Regier sandwiched a victory in the 400 between the Bay and Rockhold wins. It was part of a busy day for Regier, who also won the high jump and triple jump before giving way to teammate Elijah McGill, who took first in the long jump.
Blue Springs won the Class 4, District 7 meet last Saturday with 133.5 points, followed by Rockhurst (98) and Lee's Summit West (96). The Wildcats saw victories from Alex Johnson (400), Stephen Mugeche (1,600 and 3,200) and Carlos Davis (discus).
Ruskin athlete Kevin Brown kept his strong season rolling along. After winning three gold medals in the Suburban Red Conference two weeks ago, Brown won the 110 hurdles. Teammate Bobby Neal, won the 200.
Rockhurst earned wins from Carson Bode (800) and Curtis Goldon (long jump). Lee's Summit West's third-place finish was led by Evan Martin, who won the shot put, and Logan Brattin, who edged Raytown South junior Malik Jefferson to win the pole vault.