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West girls’ track and field squad dominates at Kansas Relays

Lee's Summit West senior Jana Shawver (left) reached for the baton Saturday, April 21, 2018, during the Kansas Relays at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence. Shawver ran on the Titans’ first-place distance medley and 3,200-meter relay teams.
Lee's Summit West senior Jana Shawver (left) reached for the baton Saturday, April 21, 2018, during the Kansas Relays at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence. Shawver ran on the Titans’ first-place distance medley and 3,200-meter relay teams. Special to the Journal

It’s become almost commonplace for the Lee’s Summit West girls’ track team to show up at a meet, dominate the field and head home with a bunch of medals.

The Titans repeated that pattern April 20-21 during the 91st annual Kansas Relays at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas, where West won six events, set two meet records and was selected as the girls’ Most Outstanding High School Team at the two-day meet.

Senior Makayla Kelby broke the KU Relays record in the girls’ discus with a personal best throw of 170 feet, 9 inches. Her throw shattered the previous meet record of 156-6, which was set in 2004, and it currently stands as the second-best throw in the country this season.

Kelby, who also won the shot put with a mark of 44-6, was selected as the meet’s Most Valuable Female Performer.

“I was struggling with my first four throws,” Kelby told The Kansas City Star. “It was really windy, and I knew I needed to keep the disc level. Once I did that, that’s where the 170 came from.”

West’s distance-medley relay team of Jana Shawver, McKenna Butler, Audrey Parson and Madison Hulsey also broke a meet record, finishing in 12 minutes, 19.65 seconds and erasing the old record set by Jenks High School from suburban Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2002. The Titans’ time of ranks 23rd in the nation this spring.

Addie Mathis, Butler, Hailey Hardin and Hulsey also won the 6,400-meter relay in 21:42.79, while Parson, Mathis, Hulsey, and Shawver won the 3,200 relay in 9:37.85.

Finally, Titans junior Jessica Haney, the reigning Class 5 state high jump champion, won her event with a 5-6 leap.

It all added up to West, which is the two-time reigning state champions, winning its fourth KU Relays Most Outstanding Team Award in school history.

“I am very proud of how our group represented Lee’s Summit West with great sportsmanship and rising up to the competition,” West track coach Jesse Griffin said. “They are indeed a special group of young ladies.”

Other notable results

Devon Richardson of Lee’s Summit North won the boys’ triple jump. His 48-5 mark broke the school record and is the best mark for a Missouri athlete this season.

Richardson, who also has a state-best 6-9 in the high jump, place third in that event after clearing 6-6.

Broncos sophomore Keyon Mozee placed second in the boys’ 100-meter dash in 10.94 seconds, finishing just behind Jesse Porter of Putman City, Oklahoma (10.91).

Additionally, Lee’s Summit freshman Johnny Brackins placed sixth in the boys’ 110 hurdles and Summit Christian Academy’s Lenetta Lee placed sixth in the girls’ 100.

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