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Northland track and field athletes advance in postseason

Blake Wilson (left), a freshman at Northland Christian School, is the Trailblazers’ first athlete to qualify for the Missouri Class 1 track and field state meet, which begins Friday in Jefferson City. Wilson advanced by finishing among the top four places in the 1,600-meter run on Saturday at a sectional meet at Clinton High School. Wilson, who finished his race in 4 minutes, 39 seconds, is limited to training on the Northland Christian School grounds and in the parking lot, because the school does not have a track. Wilson also competes in soccer and basketball at Northland Christian.
Blake Wilson (left), a freshman at Northland Christian School, is the Trailblazers’ first athlete to qualify for the Missouri Class 1 track and field state meet, which begins Friday in Jefferson City. Wilson advanced by finishing among the top four places in the 1,600-meter run on Saturday at a sectional meet at Clinton High School. Wilson, who finished his race in 4 minutes, 39 seconds, is limited to training on the Northland Christian School grounds and in the parking lot, because the school does not have a track. Wilson also competes in soccer and basketball at Northland Christian. SUBMITTED PHOTO

If an “Athlete of the Meet” award had been issued at the Missouri Class 5 District 8 track and field meet on Saturday at Excelsior Springs High School, Liberty North junior Jon Redmond would have — hands down — won the award.

Redmond won the 100-meter dash and 200 (22.17 seconds), and anchored the Eagles’ 400 (42.56) and 800 (1:30) relays to victory, leading Liberty North to the boys team title.

Redmond finished the 100 in a blistering time of 10.55 seconds.

“I was pretty nervous about (the 100),” Redmond said. “My coach told me (Nylo Clark from Park Hill South) was going to push me, and he did. He made me run better and I felt really good about it. I got out of the blocks well. Right from when the gun started, I saw I left everybody behind. It put me in a good mood the rest of the race.”

Liberty sophomore Avrie Jones highlighted the Class 5 girls competition. She won the long jump (18 feet, 6 inches) and 100 (12.21) and anchored the Blue Jays’ 400 relay (49.51) to first place, helping Liberty to the girls team championship.

“I’m excited to win,” said Jones, following her performance in the 100. “I felt pretty good once I got started. Usually my first stride is long, so I stay with everyone, then about 10 meters in I get started going my fastest.”

Staley junior Katelin Fiorino dominated the Class 5 girls distance events, winning the 1,600 (5:22) and 3,200 (11:38).

“Usually, I don’t take over the lead within the first half of the race like I did,” Fiorino said following her win in the 1,600. “I was planning to go off of (other runners), but I was worried about getting passed on the home stretch of the final lap as I don’t have that strong of a kick. I ended up pulling through in the last 150 meters and made a pretty big gap.”

Three other Northland-area athletes won multiple events.

North Kansas City junior Keiara Williams finished first in the girls discus (115-11) and shot put (36-2 1/2). Liberty senior Brandon Colner finished first in the boys 800 (2:03) and 1,600 (4:37). Park Hill senior Chris Nilsen defeated the competition in the boys pole vault (16-9) and high jump (6-8).

Class 4 update

In the Missouri Class 4 District 8 track and field meet on Saturday, Platte County sophomore Rebekah Geddes left the field in her dust in the distance events.

Geddes won both the girls 1,600 (5:14) and 3,200 (11:28) by more than 100 meters and ran the last lap of the races on the Excelsior Springs High School track essentially alone.

“Personally I’d rather have people racing against me to push me to be my best, instead of just being out there running by myself,” Geddes said. “But it’s fun to win.”

Sophomore Emma Couch played a key role in Kearney winning the girls team title.

Couch won the 100 hurdles (15.10) and 300 hurdles (48.53) and anchored the 1,600 relay (4:08) to first place.

Kearney also won the boys team title, thanks in large part to three victories from junior Clayton Adams.

Adams broke the tape in the 800 (2:01), 1,600 (4:34) and 3,200 (10:06) ahead of the rest of the field.

Three other Class 4 Northland-area athletes won two events.

Winnetonka senior DeeNia McMiller won the girls discus (116-1) and shot put (40-9 1/2). Smithville junior Trace Mosby finished first in the girls long jump (19-0 1/2) and 100 (12.56). Excelsior Springs senior Samuel Webb out-performed the competition in the boys high jump (6-2) and long jump (22-1).

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