On the three-hour bus ride from Grandview High School to Lincoln University, the site of the Missouri Class 3 and Class 4 state track meets, senior Harvey Kendall dozed off for a few minutes. While asleep, Kendall later said, he dreamed someone was putting a gold medal around his neck and referring to him as a state champion.
The next day, the dream became reality.
A year after settling for second place in three events, Kendall climbed to the top of the podium Friday, winning the Class 3 boys triple jump. He leaped 46 feet, 10 3/4 inches, more than a foot better than second-place Dominick Turner of Excelsior Springs.
“I can finally put a first-place medal up on the wall where it belongs, and that feels great,” Kendall said. “Last year, it was three silvers. This year, I want four golds.”
Kendall will compete in the high jump — perhaps his premier event — and the 300-meter and 110-meter hurdles Saturday.
Fort Osage senior Asia Cole has been such a mainstay at the Class 4 state track and field meet that the volunteers at the shot put ring recognize her face and call her by her first name.
Her reign in the competition extended one more year.
Cole won her third straight Class 4 state championship in the girls shot put Friday with a toss of 45-5.5. That was three feet better than anyone else in the 16-person field.
“It’s really emotional for me, because I’ve been here since my freshman year,” said Cole, who has signed with Nebraska. “It’s bittersweet, because this is where it all started for me and this is my last time here.”
Cole can finish her high school career with one more state championship when she competes in the discus throw Saturday. She won the event as a sophomore.
Bailey bounces back
A week after battling a knee injury and settling for second place at the state-qualifying meet, North Kansas City junior Nekiesha Bailey returned to her familiar spot atop the podium.
Bailey won the Class 4 girls high jump when she cleared the bar at 5-8. William Chrisman senior Chrisha Riley was second.
“I was nervous coming in. But as soon as I got started, I was in a mental place where I wasn’t thinking about my knee,” Bailey said. “It hurt, but I wasn’t thinking about it. I was thinking about what I had to do to win.”
Bailey will compete in the long jump Saturday.
Gold for Snorgrass
Raymore-Peculiar senior Tyree Snorgrass arrived at the state meet wanting to set a school record in the Class 4 boys long jump. He hoped it would be good enough to claim a medal.
He accomplished both. Snorgrass won the state title in the event Friday and easily set a new school mark in the process with his jump of 22-10.25. Rockhurst senior Curtis Goldmon was second.
“I knew I had to maintain some distance throughout the whole competition because there were some pretty good jumpers here,” Snorgrass said. “I ended up doing that.”
Carter wins shot put
After a disappointing start to the postseason, Lee’s Summit West senior Avery Carter finished in style.
Carter won the Class 4 boys shot put Friday, besting the field by more than a foot with his toss of 59-4.75.
Carter began the postseason with a top throw of 52-11 at the district meet, but he bounced back the following week to win sectionals. He carried the momentum into Jefferson City on Friday.
Lee’s Summit North senior Jalen Ford placed second in the Class 4 boys high jump.
Blue Springs senior Stephen Mugeche was second in the Class 4 boys 3,200-meter race.
Winnetonka junior Sabrina Monsees placed second in the Class 4 girls 800.
St. Teresa’s junior Ann Campbell finished second in the Class 4 girls 1,600.
Lee’s Summit West senior Jamie Newsome took second in the Class 4 girls triple jump.
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