The Missouri Class 2 and Class 1 track and field state championships will be held Friday and Saturday at Jefferson City High School. The big-class meet will take place the following weekend.
What to watch for at this week’s small-class state meet:
1. A return to gold?
Midway senior Adia Eberle is prepared for a bounce-back performance — and then some. After winning the Class 1 girls high jump as a sophomore, Eberle fell to fifth place as a junior. But there’s a lot of reason for optimism as she closes out her high school career. Eberle cleared the bar at 5 feet, 7 inches to win the Missouri Class 1, Sectional 2 meet last weekend. That’s already 3 inches better than her state-winning mark as a sophomore and 7 inches better than her mark last season.
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2. A chance for state history
For the first time, the javelin throw will be an officially-scored event at the Missouri high school state meets. Midway senior Peyton Richardson has his sights set on the first title.
Richardson won the Missouri Class 1, Sectional 2 boys championship last weekend, with a throw of 159 feet, 7 inches. That was nearly 13 feet better than the next closest competitor.
Richardson will be a part of multiple events in Jefferson City, and he’s also a favorite to stand on the podium for the long jump.
3. Best of the rest
A bevy of athletes from the Kansas City area will take momentum into the state meet after winning their respective sectional titles.
Northland Christian senior Chase Dalton has been dominant in the boys shot put this season. He recorded a distance of 51 feet, 8 1/2 inches a week ago.
West Platte has a pair of top qualifiers in the running events — senior Rylee Crockett, in the 200-meter run and sophomore Max Davies in the 3,200.
It will be a busy weekend for Midway. In addition to Richardson and Eberle, junior Jimmy Kalinka (pole vault), senior Ellie Kalinka (javelin) and junior Chandler Stephens (pole vault) are names to watch.
Lutheran will be a challenger in the girls 400-meter relay race after capturing the Class 1, Sectional 2 title by more than a full second.