The top track and field athletes in the state of Missouri will convene in the state capital this weekend for the Missouri State High School Activities Association State Championships at Jefferson City High School.
The competition for Classes 3, 4 and 5 schools will begin on Friday with field events at 9:30 a.m. and the prelim races at 10:30 a.m. On Saturday, the field events will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the championship races set to begin at 11 a.m.
Here are some scenarios to watch out for at this weekend’s state championships.
*Hazelwood West junior Justin Robinson is looking for individual state titles in the Class 5 boys 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes. He posted sizzling times of 10.52 seconds in the 100, 21.08 in the 200 and 47.17 in the 400 at the Class 5, Sectional 2 meet at Lafayette last Saturday. He is among the nation’s top performers in the 400.
*The race for the Class 3 boys team championship should be a tremendous battle between defending champion Cardinal Ritter and rival Trinity. Both teams will be taking a big group of incredible athletes to the state meet. A pair of the top individuals to watch in this battle will be star sprinters Jameson Williams of Cardinal Ritter and Kemeric Winston of Trinity.
*Senior sprinter Joshua Sutton of MICDS will attempt to repeat as a state champion in the Class 4 boys 100 and 200. Sutton posted fast times of 10.48 in the 100 and 21.26 in the 200 at the Class 4, Sectional 3 meet at Montgomery County.
*There are some tremendous girls’ sprinters from St. Louis who are headed to the state meet in all three classes.
Senior Madison Fuller of John Burroughs will be one of the top sprinters to watch in Class 3. She posted times of 11.7 in the 100, 24.1 in the 200 and 56.5 in the 400, which were all personal bests. The Vanderbilt signee has made a strong comeback from an injury-plagued junior season.
Junior Alicia Burnett of Parkway North will be the favorite in the Class 4 100 and 200. As a freshman at Fort Zumwalt South in 2017, Burnett was the state champion in the 100, 200 and 400. She sat out of the 2018 season after transferring to Parkway North.
In Class 5, senior Danielle Frank of Hazelwood Central and juniors Courtney Williams of Nerinx Hall and Lauryn Taylor of McCluer North are all major contenders in the sprints. Taylor was the Lafayette sectional champion in the 100, Frank won the 200 while Williams won the 400 with all of them posting very fast times.
Junior Michelle Owens of McCluer North is looking to repeat as the state champion in the Class 5 girls’ 100-meter high hurdles. Owens turned in a personal best time of 13.79 seconds at the sectional meet at Lafayette.
Pattonville is taking an excellent group of field event athletes to Jefferson City. Senior Diamond Richardson was the sectional champion in the girls’ shot put and discus while senior Brooke Jenkins was also a double-winner in the long jump and triple jump at the sectionals. Senior Mike Jackson also qualified as a sectional champion in the long jump.
Area athletes win Class 2 state championships
A number of St. Louis athletes brought home state-championship medals from the Class 2 state meet in Jefferson City last weekend. Senior Buwisa Asinga of Principia won the Class 2 girls state championship in the 100-meter dash and the 300-meter low hurdles. She also finished second in the 200-meter dash.
Junior McKinlee Morris of Crossroads won the girls’ Class 2 state championship in the shot put with an effort of 42 feet, 1 inch. Junior Deablo McGee of Cleveland Naval Jr. ROTC had an excellent day at the state meet as he won the high jump, triple jump and finished third in the long jump.