In stride

Kimberlin Simon (far right) of McCluer North won the Girls Class 4 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.52. Second was McCluer's Shaelyn Grant (center) at 14.58. Danyell Kates (left) of Gateway Tech took 5th at 15.22. 

It has been 25 years since the Hazelwood Central girls won a state championship in track and field.

The wait ended last weekend as the Hawks outlasted a very competitive field to win the Missouri Class 4 state title in Jefferson City. The Hawks finished with 49.5 points, edging second-place Blue Springs, which scored 48 points. Defending state champion Francis Howell was third with 44 points while Eureka took fourth with 42.

Junior sprinter Ashley Henderson enjoyed a big state meet for the Hawks, winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Prenecia Ponds was also fourth in the 100 and second in the 200.

The 4x200-meter relay team of Henderson, Ponds, Devin Torbertand Alliah McClendon brought home a state title in 1 minute 39.86 seconds. Alexis Miller was fourth in the high jump while the 4x400-meter relay team finished in seventh place to seal the state title.

Francis Howell’s Whitney Adams defended her state title in the 400 in a winning time of 55.3 seconds. Adams also anchored the Vikings to a state title in the 4x400 as Howell edged McCluer North in a great race. The Vikings winning time was 3:49.06.

Other area Class 4 girls state champions included Kimberlin Simon of McCluer North, who won the 100-meter high hurdles in 14.52. Amber Alexander of Parkway North won the high jump by clearing 5 feet 6 inches.

Hannah Long of Eureka won the 800- and 1,600-meter runs while anchoring the Wildcats to a victory in the 4x800. Nataliyah Friar of Holt repeated as a state champion in the triple jump. Jill Whitman of Cor Jesu won the 3,200-meter run while McCluer North’s team of Kiana Harvey, Jayla Riggins, Rachel Culberson and Jennifer Watt won the 4x100.

In the girls Class 3 state meet, Lutheran South finished in second place with 47 points. Sophomore spinter Maya Cody won the 400 and finshed second in the 100 and 200. Cody also anchored South’s 4x200 to a second-place finish.

Cardinal Ritter’s team of Olivia Bruce, Julia Green, Ashli Isbell and Tyra Wooten won the 4x200. MICDS won the 4x400 with the crew of Julia Olson, Geneva Lee, Pam Ekpelu and CeCe Moore. Soldan did a solid job in the relays as it finished second in the 4x400, third in the 4x100 and third in the 4x200.

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