Five members of Lee’s Summit West’s state champion girls track team earned national high-school All-American honors at the New Balance National Track and Field Championships last weekend in Greensboro, N.C.
The top six finishers in each event were crowned All-Americans at the meet, which was held June 16-18 on the University of North Carolina A&T track.
West’s Kyra Atkins, Audrey Parson, Erin Sermons and Jana Shawver teamed up to take third place in the sprint medley relay with a time of 3 minutes, 55.74 seconds. Atkins ran her 200-meter leg in 25.5 seconds, Parson ran a 26.5-second 200, Sermons covered 400 meters in 54.0 seconds and Shawver ran an anchor 800 leg of 2:08.90.
Jessica Haney, who won her second consecutive Class 5 girls state high jump title last month, was an All-American after tying for sixth in the high jump after clearing 5 feet, 8 ¾ inches. Three-time discus state champion Makayla Kelby placed eighth in that event and 29th in the shot put. Shawver also placed 23rd in the open 800.
West, which won its second consecutive Class 5 girls track state team title and fourth in the school’s history last month, has now had 12 track and field All-Americans.
KC Lightfoot of Lee’s Summit also earned All-America honors when he tied for sixth in the boys pole vault. Lightfoot, who won the Class 5 boys state pole vault title in May, cleared 15-9 ¼.