In Missouri, Class 1 and 2 teams compete in sectionals and Class 3 and 4 teams in districts on Saturday at various sites.
1. How many crowns for Queen? Summit Christian Academy freshman Carlie Queen has been ranked at the top of her age group in the high jump for most of the last six seasons in AAU track. Her introduction to the high school scene has been expectedly seamless.
Queen won the high jump, pole vault and discus events at the Missouri Class 2, District 7 meet last week at Archie High School, and she’s the favorite to medal in all three events Saturday at the Class 2, Sectional 4 at Kearney High School.
2. West Platte’s Roe, MIA last season, reappears. West Platte senior Adam Roe is known for his talents on the basketball court — the coaches selected him as the Missouri Class 2 player of the year.
But he’s more versatile than some might expect. Roe captured district titles last week in both the discus and the shot put and will compete in the Class 2, Sectional 4 meet at Kearney. Roe missed his junior track season while rehabbing an ACL injury.
He will be supported by plenty of teammates at the sectional meet. The West Platte boys team has a pair of relay teams with low times this year — the 800-meter and 1,600-meter relay squads won district championships.
West Platte thrower Paige Larison is another name to watch in the girls shot put.
3. Midway takes a team approach. The Midway boys and girls teams placed second at the Missouri Class 1 state meet last season. Reaching that level in back-to-back years will be a tough task for both teams, but some quality performances at the district meet last week provided reason for optimism.
On the boys side, junior Jake Lambertz is a contender in the 110-meter hurdles and pole vault, while senior Shane White is among the fastest sprinters in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and senior Joey Beller is considered a favorite in the shot put.
On the girls side, senior Miranda Dahman will look to continue her success in the triple jump. She won the event at districts.
4. Battered Orrick tries to find its footing. It’s been quite a week for Orrick High School students. Even though their school was hit by a tornado last weekend, a handful of track athletes will compete in the Missouri Class 1, Sectional 4 meet at Kearney with some high expectations.
Orrick sophomore Samantha Fulte has had a record-setting season, and she won all four of her events at the district meet. She will compete in the long jump, triple jump, 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles at the sectional meet.
5. The heavy hitters head to districts. The Missouri Class 4 and Class 3 teams will compete in district meets Saturday with the intentions of qualifying for sectionals next week.
That marks the start of the postseason march for the Grandview boys track team, which has won three consecutive Class 3 state championships. The Bulldogs will compete in the Class 3, District 7 meet on their home track.
The Blue Springs girls and boys team each finished second at state last season and will compete in the Class 4, District 7 meet at Lee’s Summit High School.
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