A couple of hiccups here and there, but overall Lee’s Summit North left the Class 5 District 7 track meet feeling it did what it needed to do.
North had top-four finishes in all but two events and qualified 14 individual and all four relays in the district boys meet May 12 at Blue Springs. North had three individual champions and two relay titles among the large contingent the Broncos advanced to this weekend’s sectional meet at William Chrisman.
“I was very pleased with how the kids did today,” North boys track coach Eric Davis said. “They did everything we asked them to do. No disappointment at all.”
Keyon Mozee didn’t disappoint as he qualified in two events. Mozee, a sophomore, won the 100-meter dash in 10.82 seconds and was fourth in the 200. Mozee also anchored the 400 relay team of Ean Norton, Dubem Okonkwo and Marvin Hopkins to a first-place time of 42.86 seconds.
Matthew Hughey won the 400 in 49.47 seconds and ran with Dubem Okonkwo, Isaiah Vigliano, Nyles Thomas on the Broncos’ first-place 800 relay team.
Hughey was also on the 1,600 relay team, which had one other runner pulling triple duty as Davis chose to let some of his runners rest up and heal injuries. Blake Gillihan also ran a leg after placing second in both the 800 and 1,600.
Hughey, Gillihan, Myles Madge and Isaiah Vigliano wound up finishing third behind Blue Springs and Rockhurst. Blue Springs’ winning time of 3:20.09 was the best run in the state this season.
“The goal of today was just to get people in the top four,” Davis said. “We weren’t shooting for trying to score a lot of points today. Just get through.”
North did score 174.5 points, second only to district champion Blue Springs’ 199. Blue Springs also won the girls district title.
North’s girls had five individual and three relays qualify for sectionals. Tiffany Hughey (200), Lauren Tigner (100 hurdles) Micaela Dickerson (triple jump) and Hannah Wilhite (pole vault) all placed third in their events. Madison Madden finished fourth in the javelin.
North placed second in the 1,600 relay, third in the 400 relay and fourth in the 3,200 relay.
A big leap for Richardson
North junior Devon Richardson did more than just survive and advance. Richardson, who came into the meet with the best boys high jump in the state at 6 feet, 9 inches, improved on that mark with a personal-best 6-10 leap.
Richardson needed only one attempt to reach 6-10 after clearing 6-8 on his first try. He barely grazed the bar with the back of his legs on his third try at 6-11.
Richardson said he came to the high jump motivated by a disappointing performance in the triple jump. He still finished second and easily qualified for sectionals, but his 47-2 ½ jump lagged the 48-5 he recorded at the KU Relays last month that led the state until last weekend.
“I just really put all my effort that I didn’t put in triple jump and came over and put it in the high jump,” Richardson said.
Lightfoot shatters state record
Lee’s Summit senior KC Lightfoot reached another milestone in his pole vaulting career. Lightfoot set a new Missouri high school record when he cleared 18 feet 5 inches to win the Class 5 District 6 meet at Nixa.
Lightfoot, who first cleared 18 feet last month with an 18-3 jump at the Gary Parker Invitational in Blue Springs, beat the previous state best of 18-4 ¾ set by Chris Nilsen of Park Hill in 2016. Lightfoot now has the second-best vault ever recorded by a U.S. high school athlete.
Lee’s Summit advanced six individuals and two relays to the Class 5 sectional meet in Sedalia. Johnny Brackins Jr. placed second in the 110 hurdles and triple jump, and Micah Manning was also a double qualifier after taking third in the 200 and fourth in the 100.
Lee’s Summit’s girls qualifiers were Lindse Alllin in the pole vault, Abbey Wallace in the 400, Kellie Helmick in the long jump, Mary Klene in the triple jump and the 400 relay squad.
Two titles for Titans
Lee’s Summit West took both the girls and boys team titles at the Class 5 District 6 meet in Nixa.
West’s boys, with nine individual qualifiers and four relays outpointed runner-up Joplin 132-125. The Titans’ two-time defending state-champion girls advanced 12 in 13 events and four relays and swamped second-place Raymore-Peculiar 206-126.
Vonzell Kelley was a triple-qualifier for West’s boys, winning the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles and placing second in the long jump. Josh Davis was the Titans’ other individual champion with a first-place finish in the discus.
West girls had individual champions in seven events. Makayla Kelby took both the discus and shot put and Shannel Watkins took the 100 and 200. The Titans other winners were Jana Shawver in the 800, Jessica Haney in the high jump, Maddie Harris in the javelin and the 400, 800 and 1,600 relay teams.
Haney took third in the triple jump to qualify in two events. Kyra Adkins was also a double qualifier, placing second in the 300 hurdles and third in the 100 hurdles.
Eagles, Guardians advance
Lenetta Lee of Summit Christian Academy won two events and qualified in three at the Class 3 District 7 meet in Holden.
Lee, a junior, took the 100 in 13.04 seconds and the 200 in 25.88. Her 16-7 ½ mark in the long jump was good for second. Lee placed third in the 200 and competed in the 100 and long jump in last year’s Class 3 state meet.
SCA’s Kaylee Lunn was also a triple-qualifier with third-place finishes in the 100 hurdles and triple jump and a fourth-place in the 300 hurdles. Rylee Lunn also advanced by taking fourth in the javelin.
Simon Neura placed fourth in the 200 for SCA’s boys. Neura, Joshua McConnell, Gabriel Neura, and Nathan Drum also placed second in the 800 relay and fourth in the 400 relay.
St. Michael the Archangel senior Caroline Meyers placed first in the girls 800 and 1,600 and third in the 3,200. St. Michael also had Grace Wheeler place fourth in the 1,600.
St. Michael’s boys qualified Christopher Pouncil in the 400, Daniel Rogge in the 800 and the 1,600 relay team.
The top four finishers in the Class 3 District 7 meet will compete in a Class 3 regional May 19 at Odessa.