When the baton reached Grandview High School senior Anglerne Annelus, she trailed three runners over the final stretch of the Missouri Class 4 4x200-meter relay.
A familiar position.
And before long, it was a familiar conclusion, too.
Annelus passed all three opponents and helped Grandview win the relay by more than a full second at the state meet.
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It represented the third straight season she accomplished a nearly identical feat. And on all three occasions, it was accompanied by individual state championships in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
Annelus is The Star’s All-Metro female track athlete of the year for the second straight season.
“I’d have to say the relays were the best because I loved trying to catch people,” Annelus said. “Of all the championships, I think those were the most fun for me.”
There were a lot of championships from which to choose.
Annelus, who has signed to run at UCLA in the fall, won nine state titles over the past three seasons. Three of those came after she anchored relay races.
A distinguished career concluded in style in May, when she added her name to the Missouri State High School Activities Association record books.
In the preliminary races at the state meet in Jefferson City, she broke the all-class state-meet records in both the 100 dash (11.64 seconds) and the 200 dash (23.47 seconds).
“That was my goal this year,” she said after setting the records. “I wanted to do something out here that nobody has ever done before.”
The Star’s All-Metro girls track and field team
First team: Carlie Queen, Summit Christian Academy, sophomore. While she repeated as the Missouri Class 2 state champion with a jump of 5 feet, 6 inches, her season-best leap was even better — 5 feet, 9 3/4 inches.
Honorable mention: Adia Eberle, Midway, sophomore
First team: Nicole Kallenberger, Lee’s Summit West, junior. In the Missouri Class 5 state meet, Kallenberger set a new state mark when she cleared the bar at 12 feet, 10 1/2 inches. That broke her sister Brittany’s former state record of 12-10.
Honorable mention: Christina LeMunyon, Blue Valley West, senior
First team: Kelly McKee, St. James Academy, senior. After missing the state meet last year with a back injury, McKee stormed back to win the Kansas Class 5A long jump and triple jump state titles. She won long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 1.5 inches. She also placed third in the 100-meter dash and 100 hurdles.
Honorable mention: NeKiesha Bailey, North Kansas City, senior
First team: Deanna Dougherty, Olathe Northwest, senior. Dougherty bested her seed mark by nearly a foot and a half to win the Kansas Class 6A girls triple jump state title with a leap of 38 feet, 6.75 inches. She surpassed 38 feet twice on the day.
Honorable mention: Alicia Starr, Blue Springs, junior
First team: Matia Finley, Lawrence, senior. Already a two-time defending state champion, Finley capped her senior season with one more Kansas Class 6A discus state title and helped the Lions capture the team title, as well. She won with a toss of 149 feet, 3 inches. She also placed third in shot put.
Honorable mention: Makayla Kelby, Lee’s Summit West, freshman
First team: Jasmine Swanagan, Leavenworth, senior. The Sunflower League shot put champion bested her own seed mark by more than three feet to finish second in shot put at the Kansas Class 5A state meet. Her best toss of the day was 42 feet, 7.5 inches.
Honorable mention: Keke Williams, North Kansas City, sophomore
First team: Jenna Gray, St. James Academy, junior. Her Kansas Class 5A javelin state title helped the Thunder to the team state championship. Her best toss was 145 feet, 5 inches, which passed her seed mark by 12 1/2 feet.
First team: Gabbi Dabney, Lawrence Free State, senior. Dabney smoked the competition to win the Sunflower League in 15 seconds flat, then took it up a notch to win the Kansas Class 6A state title in 14.64 seconds.
Honorable mention: Matalyn Stafford, Blue Valley, senior
First team: Jordan Hammond, Park Hill South, senior. She won the Missouri Class 5, Sectional 4 meet a week after winning the district championship with a season-best time of 44.72 seconds.
Honorable mention: Jazmin Williams, SM North, junior
First team: Aarika Lister, Leavenworth, freshman. Although she is just a freshman, Lister turned heads by winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes in her first state meet. She won the Kansas Class 5A 100-meter dash state title in 12.04 seconds.
Honorable mention: Jacque Darby, Olathe South, junior
First team: Anglerne Annelus, Grandview, senior. The nine-time Missouri state champion won her third straight title in the 100- and 200-meter sprints. In the 200, she set a Missouri state-meet record during the preliminary races with a time of 23.47 seconds.
Honorable mention: Jahliah Clay, Blue Springs, junior
First team: Wumi Omare, Blue Valley North, senior. After battling a sprained ankle during her junior season, Omare enjoyed a decorated senior season that included titles at the Kansas Relays and Kansas Class 6A state meet. She won the 400-meter run in 56.66 seconds at state.
Honorable mention: Kaitlyn Lewis, Liberty, freshman
First team: Meghan Kearney, Notre Dame de Sion, senior. In a tightly-contested Missouri Class 4 state-meet race, Kearney came out on top when she completed the two-lap run in 2 minutes, 15.15 seconds.
Honorable mention: Jana Shawver, Lee’s Summit West, freshman
First team: Ann Campbell, St. Teresa’s Academy, senior. The Villanova signee broke the five-minute mark during the regular season before settling for fifth place at the Missouri Class 5 state meet. She was also second in the 3,200-meter run at the state meet.
Honorable mention: Lauren Harrell, Maranatha Christian, senior
First team: Grace Klausen, Blue Springs South, senior. Klausen executed her best race of the season at the Missouri Class 5 state meet. She placed third with a time of 10 minutes, 45.88 seconds.
Honorable mention: Molly Born, SM Northwest, freshman
First team: Blue Springs. The fastest team in the state all season — which consisted of junior Jenna Jacoby, senior Gabby Hall, senior Jessica Lawson and senior Aliyah Lee — won the Missouri Class 5 state title with a time of 48.57 seconds.
First team: Grandview. The Bulldogs used a time of 1 minute, 41.10 seconds to capture to the Missouri Class 4 state title. The team featured junior Sydnee Mitchell-Jemison, freshman Timolin Dooley, sophomore Amber Henderson and senior Anglerne Annelus.
First team: Lee’s Summit North. The Broncos cruised to the Missouri Class 5 state title with a time of 3 minutes, 50.99 seconds, utilizing a team of senior Aliyah Hakim, junior Rhema Taylor, junior Lexi Rampetsreiter and senior Jennifer Krause.
First team: Lee’s Summit West. The Titans cut more than 20 seconds off their time when they completed the relay in 9 minutes, 19.18 seconds at the Missouri Class 5 state meet, where they placed third. The team featured junior Kourtney West, sophomore Erin Sermons, sophomore Ally Iseman and freshman Jana Shawver.