It’s been a year of firsts at St. Michael the Archangel, and Caroline Meyers was thrilled to claim one of them.
Meyers and Danielle Jokerst on April 11 became the first St. Michael seniors to sign national letters of intent to play collegiate sports in an afternoon ceremony at the school. Meyers signed to run cross country and track at UMKC, while Jokerst signed to play soccer at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Neb.
“It’s really cool because we get to like set the tone for the rest of the years that this school is open,” Meyers said. “So whenever people say ‘this is how we’ve always done it’ – they’re talking about us and we started the tradition.”
Like many athletes at St. Michael, Meyers had to leave one tradition behind when the new Catholic High School in Lee’s Summit replaced Archbishop O’Hara. She was a three-time district cross country champion there as well as a six-time all-state selection track. In last year’s Class 3 state track meet, she placed second in the girls 1,600 meters.
And her two older brothers, J.D. and Danny, also ran for the Celtics.
“It was different at first because of the new building and new administration,” Meyers said. “But I’ve gotten used to it and I really like it. Kind of sad to leave.”
Meyers won’t be straying too far, however, even though UMKC seemed a little too close to home at first. That changed after she got a look at the school and the track program.
“I toured it and I liked the campus and I really liked the team and the coach,” Meyers said. “I actually like that it’s going to be close to home, so I think it’s going to be a really good fit.”
Jokerst also transferred from O’Hara, where she scored six goals with 14 assists last season. For her career she has 16 goals and 50 assists.
Campbell chooses Sooners
Two-time state champion wrestler Brett Campbell of Summit Christian Academy signed with Oklahoma. Campbell, the first state champion wrestler in the program’s four-year history, capped is SCA career by going 58-0 and winning the Class 1 220-pound title. He won his last 115 matches.
Lock makes it official
Lee’s Summit senior Claire Lock made it official when she signed to play basketball at UMKC. Lock, a 5-foot-9 guard who announced her commitment to UMKC earlier, finished with 1,021 career points and helped the Tigers reach the Class 5 state final her junior year.
Lee’s Summit had two other seniors sign Wednesday. Brooke Benton signed to play basketball at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, and Taylor Stout signed to play volleyball at Nebraska Wesleyan.
Lee’s Summit North had three signers: Cole Dunton for cross country and track at Colorado-Colorado Springs, Blake Gillihan for track and cross country at Missouri Southern, and Bryce Leflore for track at Ottawa University.
Lee’s Summit West had Caitlin Buchholz sign to play volleyball at Graceland University, Gillian Evans to play tennis at William Jewell, Santana Lewis to play volleyball at Tuskegee University and Corey Timberlake to run track at Central Missouri.