Athletes from the St. Louis area showed up and showed out at last weekend’s Missouri State High School Activities Association Championships.
The state meet was held in three different venues due to the damage from a tornado that hit Jefferson City two days before the start of the competition. The St. Louis area had four teams win state championships along with several other athletes who brought home gold medals and set state records.
Here are some of the highlights from last week’s state meet:
*Hazelwood West standout Justin Robinson put on a show in the Class 5 sprints in leading the Wildcats to their first state championship. Robinson won the 100-meter dash in 10.56 seconds, the 200 in 21.96 and the 400 in a state-record time of 46.3. He also anchored the 4x200-meter relay team to a state title in 1 minute 26.44 seconds.
*The Trinity Titans doubled up as the boys and girls both won Class 3 state champions in impressive fashion. The boys scored 100 points while the girls scored 118 points in running away with state titles. The boys were led by sprinter Kemeric Winston, who won the 100, 200 and anchored the 4x100 and 4x200 to state titles. Malcolm Harvey was Trinity’s other state title winner in the javelin. The Titans also had three athletes finish in the top six in the triple jump as Isaiah Willams was second, Dejuan Young was third and Myles Norwood was sixth.
Trinity’s girls were dominant in the field events as Akilah Heffner was first in the long jump, Brook Moore was first in the triple jump and Sydney Juszczyk was first in the javelin. The Titans also dominated in the 100-meter high hurdles as they recorded the top four finishes with Heffner finishing first, Shaila Jones finishing second, Juszczyk finishing third and Moore finishing fourth. The Titans also got state titles from Kayla Millett in the 300-meter low hurdles and the 4x100-meter relay team.
*Parkway North took home the girls Class 4 state championship with 73 points. Junior Alicia Burnett won the 100 in 11.58 seconds and the 200 in 23.83. She also anchored the Vikings to a victory in the 4x200-meter relay. The Vikings also won the 4x400 and finished second in the 4x800. Raina McMillan finished third in the 800-meter run and anchored the 4x400 to victory and the 4x800 to a second-place finish.
*Senior Josh Sutton of MICDS repeated as a double-state champion in the Class 4 boys’ 100 and 200. Sutton won the 100 in 10.85 and the 200 in 21.85.
*The John Burroughs duo of senior Madison Fuller and sophomore Kylie Goldfarb won five Class 3 individual state titles between them. Fuller won the 100 in 11.82 seconds, 200 in 24.03 seconds and 400 in 55.95. Goldfarb won the state championship in the 800 and 1,600-meter runs.
*Pattonville’s girls produced a pair of state champions in the field events as senior Brooke Jenkins won the class 5 long jump and senior Diamond Richardson won the discus.
*It was a good day for McCluer North’s girls in Class 5 as junior Lauryn Taylor won the 100 and junior Michelle Owens finished second in the 100-meter high hurdles. Both sprinters were part of the Stars state-championship 4x100- and 4x200-meter relay teams. The McCluer North boys won the Class 5 4x400 in a time of 3:18.55.
*The Webster Groves girls’ trio of Nia Lyles, Angelina Arinze and Eliza Maupin also won Class 4 state champions. Lyles won the shot put with a throw of 45 feet 3 ¾ inches, Arinze won the 300-meter low hurdles while Maupin won the high jump with a clearance of 5’8”.
*Junior Lazarus Williams of SLUH won the Class 5 boys 800-meter run in 1:53.29. He also anchored the Jr. Bills to a second-place finish in the 4x800. Senior Christian Baker of Kirkwood won the Class 5 boys 1,600 and 3,200 and also ran a leg on the Pioneers’ state-champion 4x800.
*Cardinal Ritter finished second in the Class 3 boys standings behind Trinity. They got state championship performances from Hasani Barr in the 400, Jaden Williams in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, Rasheed Ricketts in the triple jump and the 4x400.
*Other area state champions include Arcullous Anthony Heard of Lutheran St. Charles in the Class 3 boys discus, Scout Regular of Incarnate Word in the Class 4 girls 100-meter high hurdles, Cheyenne Melvin of McCluer in the girls Class 4 400-meter dash and Michael Jenkins of McCluer in the Class 4 boys high jump.