Lee’s Summit West High School senior Jamie Newsome said she was tired of second-place finishes at the Missouri Class 4 girls state track and field championships last weekend in Jefferson City. So in the final individual race of her high school career — the 400-meter running event on Saturday — Newsome felt a little extra motivation to win gold.
“My goal my senior year was to make sure I win something,” Newsome said. “I didn’t care what it was.”
Fortunately, Newsome saved her best for last. She won the 400, crossing the finish line in 56.11 seconds, a personal-best time.
“Hallelujah!” Newsome said of her first thought after crossing the finish line.
Newsome added the victory to three second-place finishes at the meet at Lincoln University. She won silver in the triple jump and was part of the Titans’ second-place 3,200 and 1,600 relay teams.
The 3,200 relay team also featured freshman Erin Sermons, senior Elizabeth Nolke and senior Annika Sisson, and the 1,600 foursome also included Sermons, Nolke and sophomore Nicole Kallenberger.
Rock relay wins
When the baton reached Rockhurst senior Curtis Goldmon last Saturday in the boys Class 4 400-meter relay, he found himself in the familiar position of leading the race with only the final stretch in front of him.
He finished in a familiar spot, too, crossing the finish line first and helping the Hawklets to their second straight Class 4 state victory in the relay.
“We were so focused coming into the race it was ridiculous,” Goldmon said. “And that’s what I told these guys would be the key for us today.”
As the only returner from last season’s winning relay team, Goldmon anchored the relay team, too. He was joined Saturday by Matt Schell, Jake Fetters and Mitch Koeppen. The group set a school record of 41.88 seconds.
“All we talked about all season was topping what they did last year,” Schell said.
Patriot wins long jump
Truman sophomore Lexi Hart considers the triple jump her premier track and field event. But she might be changing her tune.
Hart settled for a disappointing sixth-place finish in the triple jump on the first day of the girls Class 4 state meet last Friday, only to follow it up by winning the long jump on Saturday. Her leap of 18 feet, 5 inches beat North Kansas City junior Nekiesha Bailey by one-half inch.
“Today was redemption day,” Hart said. “I hadn’t really worked on the long jump nearly as much, but I just tried to run as fast as I can and jump as far as I can.”
Jags’ hurdler rebounds
In a boys Class 4 preliminary heat last Friday, Blue Springs South senior Tyler Blair settled for fourth place in the 300-meter hurdles. It marked his worst finish of the season.
A day later, he returned to the top of the podium, cruising to a victory in the finals, following up his sectional and district championships in the event.