Here are 10 memorable moments worth a second look from the recent Missouri high school boys and girls track and field state meet in Jefferson City.
1. The boys and girls state-meet pole vault records reside in Kansas City.
Park Hill junior Christopher Nilsen shattered the Missouri all-class record when he cleared the bar at 17 feet to win the Class 5 competition.
A day later, Lee’s Summit West junior Nicole Kallenberger equaled the task on the girls side, recording a jump of 12 feet, 10.50 inches to break her sister’s all-class mark.
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And that sets up for an intriguing 2016 season. Nilsen and Kallenberger each have one high school season remaining, and they have already established goals to improve their records.
2. The final high school state track meet for Grandview senior Anglerne Annelus concluded much like the previous two did — with Annelus on top of the medal podium.
For the third straight season, Annelus won both the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints, and she added a third gold medal in the 4x200 relay.
An impressive weekend.
During the preliminary races a day earlier, Annelus broke the state-meet record in the 100 dash (11.64 seconds) and the 200 dash (23.47 seconds).
She will attend UCLA next season.
“I’m glad it’s over,” she said. “Just because I can’t wait to get to UCLA.”
3. The Blue Springs boys team entered the Class 5 state meet without its top point-scorer from the previous season when senior Stephen Mugeche suffered a leg injury.
The Wildcats made history anyway.
They won the Class 5 boys title, totaling 96 team points — the most points ever for a big-class champion. It also marked their second straight championship.
Senior Carlos Davis was a two-time winner, capturing gold in the discus and shot put. Senior Jacob Peister won his second straight triple jump state title.
The Wildcats will eye a three-peat in 2016, though a senior-laden roster in 2015 could make that a difficult task.
4. Orrick senior Samantha Fulte may have fallen short of her goal to win four Class 1 titles, but she still managed to cap her track career in style with a pair of gold medals.
Fulte won her second straight long jump championship, and she added the triple jump title for good measure.
“Being able to win that for a second year in a row (is) just the perfect way to end the high school career,” Fulte said.
5. Rockhurst may have won just one event in the Class 5 boys meet, but it was a significant one.
The Hawklets captured their third straight 4x100 relay title. Each season has required a different combination.
This year’s group featured Matthew Willard-Siebert, Matthew Schell, Jacob Fetters and Montae Spiller. Three of the four are seniors, leaving yet another new group with the assignment of making it four straight next year.
6. The small-class meet saw a pair of sophomores repeat as girls high jump champions — Summit Christian Academy’s Carlie Queen in Class 2 and Midway’s Adia Eberle in Class 1.
That keeps both on track to reach their goals winning the high jump title four straight seasons.
7. How about a five-peat?
The Grandview boys moved up to Class 4 this season when the state expanded to five classes, but the result was the same. The Bulldogs rolled to 65 team points and their fifth straight state title.
This season, they were aided by sophomore Cirr Davis, who won the triple jump, and junior Maliek Kendall, who won the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles.
8. A false start prevented Liberty North senior Andrew Madison from defending his title in the 300-meter hurdles.
But it didn’t ruin his day. Madison still won the Class 5 110-hurdles and anchored the Eagles’ relay win in the 4x200 relay.
Madison has signed to run track at Wisconsin, where he says he plans to narrow his focus, likely to the shorter hurdles races.
9. Blue Springs South junior Jahliah Clay won the Class 5 100- and 200-meter dashes.
It’s an impressive feat on its own, but it’s even more impressive considering she failed to qualify for state in either event during her freshman and sophomore seasons.
10. Kansas City Lutheran junior Zac Breitkreutz nearly pulled off a sprinter’s trifecta in the Class 1 meet.
He won the Class 1 100-meter dash before placing second in both the 200 dash and 400 dash.
As for the trifecta? A senior season awaits.