When Blue Springs junior Carlos Davis moved into first place in the discus throw at sectionals, twin brother Khalil told him his top standing wouldn’t hold up. Then Khalil backed up his words, besting his brother’s throw to win the Missouri Class 4, Sectional 4 title.
Heading into the Missouri Class 4 state meet a week later, Carlos said he needed a knew tactic.
“I had to throw one there was no way he could beat,” Carlos said.
Well, there was certainly no topping this.
Carlos recorded the top discus throw in the nation this season — a toss of 212 feet, 5 inches — to win the state championship and top the old state record by 11 feet. Khalil finished second.
The twin-brother duo helped Blue Springs roll to the Class 4 team title.
Wildcats junior Jacob Peister gave the school its first individual title Saturday in the boys triple jump. Peister set a personal record with a leap of 47-2 to win the event.
“It was my job to get the train rolling,” Peister said.
Madison strikes gold
After running the first of three state-championship races Saturday, Liberty North junior Andrew Madison was asked what it would take to call the day a success.
His response — one state championship.
How about three?
Madison won the Class 3 110- and 300-meter hurdles races and also ran a leg of Liberty North’s 800-meter first-place relay, along with teammates Terry Lee, Jon Redmond and Charlton Miller.
“It’s an amazing feeling. So gratifying,” he said. “I knew I wanted it just as much if not more than any of these guys. I think that helps.”
Madison played a pivotal role in helping Liberty North to a share of the Class 3 team title. The Eagles tied three-time defending champion Grandview atop the Class 3 boys standings.
It marks the first state championship — in any sport — for Liberty North.
The Eagles team of Redmond, Miller, Bry Moffet, and Richard Richardson won the 400 relay.
A Grandview tradition
The Grandview Bulldogs’ reign in Class 3 boys track and field continues. Barely.
In the final event of the day, Grandview senior Harvey Kendall placed second in the boys high jump, earning the Bulldogs a share of the Class 3 title with Liberty North. Both teams will be awarded state championships, giving Grandview its fourth straight.
Senior Jaymes Kelly contributed with a first-place finish in the 200-meter dash and a second-place showing in the 100 dash.
“I was just out there running for the team, doing whatever I could to help us get points,” Kelly said. “That’s all that matters to us.”
Grandview girls, too
A year after winning three golds at the Class 3 girls state meet, Grandview junior Anglerne Annelus repeated the feat Saturday.
Annelus won the 100- and 200-meter sprints for the second straight season, and she anchored the Bulldogs’ victory in the 800 relay, which also included Irea Brown, Nateisha Smith and Sydnee Mitchell.
“The competition is a lot harder than it was last year, so it feels even better to do it twice in a row,” Annelus said. “There’s a lot of strong runners here. The times were dropping like crazy.”
Annelus was the pace-setter for Grandview, which took the Class 3 girls team title.
Grandview junior Ashanti Hutton won the 400 a year after winning a Kansas state title in the same event.
“I had to show people that I can win wherever — the city doesn’t matter, the state doesn’t matter,” Hutton said. “I’m still going to run my race and win my race.”
Raytown South senior Justice Burks took people by surprise when he won the Class 4 110-meter hurdles last May.
There was no surprise this time when Burks repeated as the state champion.
“From last year, I knew there was going to be a target on my back,” Burks said. “It inspired me to push myself even more.”
Lee’s Summit West senior Jamie Newsome captured gold in the 400. The Titans finished second to McCluer North in the girls Class 4 team standings.
Rockhurst repeated as the Class 4 400 relay champions Saturday. Senior Curtis Goldmon was the only returner from the team. He was joined by Matt Schell, Jake Fetters and Mitch Koeppen.
Blue Springs South senior Tyler Blair breezed to a victory in the boys Class 4 300-meter hurdles, following up his sectional and district championships.
Truman sophomore Lexi Hart won the Class 4 girls long jump. Her leap of 18-5 inches beat North Kansas City junior Nekiesha Bailey by half an inch.
Pleasant Hill senior John Berry rolled to the Class 3 boys shot put title, winning by more than two feet with a toss of 55-11.75.
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