The Missouri Classes 4 and 3 sectional meets will take place at various sites Saturday. The Missouri Classes 2 and 1 state championship meets are Friday and Saturday at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.
1. The twins can throw. Blue Springs juniors and twin brothers Khalil and Carlos Davis are often praised for their football talents — they have committed to Nebraska to play on the Cornhuskers’ defensive line — but they are far from one-dimensional athletes.
The Davis twins have dominated throwing events this season, including last weekend at the Missouri Class 4, District 7 meet. Khalil, who owns the top discus throw in the state this year, won the district competition with a toss of 190 feet, 8 inches, with Carlos placing second (181-3). After giving way to his brother in the discus, Carlos came back to win the shot put at districts. Khalil was third.
After picking up a district championship, the Blue Springs boys team is also a threat to win the Missouri Class 4, Sectional 4 meet.
2. On the run. There is certainly no shortage of high-performance runners on the Liberty North boys track team. The Eagles smoked the field en route to winning the Class 3, District 8 meet last weekend, thanks in large part to their unmatched performances in the running events.
The Eagles won all four boys relays — the 3,200 meters, the 1,600, the 800 and the 400 — and recognized plenty of individual winners, too.
Junior Andrew Madison continued his breakout season by winning the 300- and 110-meter hurdles, and he will be a favorite at the Class 3, Sectional 4 meet Saturday, along with Grandview’s Harvey Kendall and Raytown South’s Justice Burks.
Liberty North seniors Charlton Miller, Ty Hughes and Terry Lee also won running events at the district meet.
3. Friendly foes. One of the most intriguing battles of the Class 3, Sectional 4 meet will feature two Grandview teammates. Junior Anglerne Annelus is the defending state champion in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and has the top times in both events across the state this season, but she has her work cut out for her as she tries to fend off teammate Ashanti Hutton, a junior transfer from Bishop Miege.
The two sprinters have battled back and forth all season. Annelus won the 200 and 100 at the Class 3, District 7 meet, but Hutton bested her in one of the preliminary races.
Hutton’s true speciality is the 400. She is trying to win the Missouri state title in the 400 a year after winning the Kansas state title in the same event.
4. A shot to repeat. The path to winning back-to-back state championships starts with the qualifying meets.
Fort Osage senior Asia Cole is gunning for a three-peat in the shot put, and she will roll into sectionals after breezing to the Class 4, District 8 title in the shot put and the discus.
Raytown South senior Justice Burks has carried over his momentum from last season, when he won the state title in 110-meter hurdles. Similarly, Raymore-Peculiar senior Morgan Smith broke a school record in the 300 hurdles en route to a state championship last spring. She won the 300 and 100 hurdles at her district meet last weekend.
5. The hunt for state titles. Several local athletes will be in Jefferson City this weekend trying for the first state championships of their high school careers.
West Platte senior Adam Roe is among the favorites in the Class 2 shot put and discus throws. He also competes on the West Platte 1,600 relay team, which won a sectional title last weekend.
Orrick junior Samantha Fulte hopes to medal in four events in Jefferson City — the 100 and 300 hurdles, the long jump and the triple jump.
Summit Christian Academy freshman Carlie Queen has her sights set on the state-meet record in the high jump, which is 5 feet, 7 1/2 inches. Queen surpassed that mark earlier this season.
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