Five members of Lee’s Summit West’s state champion girls track team earned national high-school All-American honors at the New Balance National Track and Field Championships last weekend in Greensboro, N.C.
The top six finishers in each event were crowned All-Americans at the meet, which was held June 16-18 on the University of North Carolina A&T track.
West’s Kyra Atkins, Audrey Parson, Erin Sermons and Jana Shawver teamed up to take third place in the sprint medley relay with a time of 3 minutes, 55.74 seconds. Atkins ran her 200-meter leg in 25.5 seconds, Parson ran a 26.5-second 200, Sermons covered 400 meters in 54.0 seconds and Shawver ran an anchor 800 leg of 2:08.90.
Jessica Haney, who won her second consecutive Class 5 girls state high jump title last month, was an All-American after tying for sixth in the high jump after clearing 5 feet, 8 ¾ inches. Three-time discus state champion Makayla Kelby placed eighth in that event and 29th in the shot put. Shawver also placed 23rd in the open 800.
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West, which won its second consecutive Class 5 girls track state team title and fourth in the school’s history last month, has now had 12 track and field All-Americans.
KC Lightfoot of Lee’s Summit also earned All-America honors when he tied for sixth in the boys pole vault. Lightfoot, who won the Class 5 boys state pole vault title in May, cleared 15-9 ¼.