It didn’t take long for Blue Springs distance runner Stephen Mugeche to make in impression in the high school track and field season.
The junior, the Class 4 state runner-up in cross country last fall, ran a blazing time of 4 minutes, 18.3 seconds in the 1,600 meters at the University of Central Missouri Mule Relays Monday in Warrensburg. No team scores were kept.
Mugeche won by more than 23 seconds as Cedric Gibbs and David Frazier of Truman finished 2-3 in 4:41.8 and 4:45.3, respectively. Grain Valley’s Ethan Lasley claimed sixth in 4:50.8.
Mugeche also claimed a win in the 800 in 2:01.16, while teammate Jayme Allen was third (2:04.57).
Blue Springs also placed two in the top seven in the 3,200, with Cody Berry fifth (10:22.5) and Jourden Gilstaf seventh (10:55.9). Truman’s Edgar Renteria finished third in 10:12.1 and North’s Brian Green took fourth in 10:19.9.
Blue Springs won the 4x440-yard relay in 3:34.79. The Wildcats’ Tyler Brooks was third in the 55-meter hurdles (8.09 seconds) and Taysean Goodwin was fifth in the 400 meters (53.38).
William Chrisman’s Dalvin Wilkerson captured a win in the 55-meter dash in 6.63 seconds, while Truman’s Ben Sander was third (6.72) and Blue Springs’ Cobi Bissell fourth (6.74).
Truman also took second in the distance medley relay in 11:37.96 and sixth in the 4x440 relay.
North’s Matthew Scaletty prevailed in the 400 meters in 52.20.
Jacob Ledger led Oak Grove with a fourth-place showing in the 400 (52.85) and Garrett Cross was fifth in the 800 (2:07.69).
In field events, Blue Springs dominated with a pair of wins, a runner-up finish, three thirds and a fourth. Eli Leavell won the long jump (20 feet, 11.5 inches) while teammate Tyler Brooks was third (20-1.5). Twin brothers Carlos (51-5) and Khalil (50-6) took first and third in the shot put, while Kai Miller (13 feet) and Lane Williamson (12-6) were 2-3 in the pole vault. Darius Vaughn (6-1) and Justin Hall (5-11) were 4-5 in the high jump, which was won by North’s Jalen Ford with a leap of 6-5.
The Blue Springs girls also were strong with wins in five running events. Aliyah Lee won the 55-meter dash (7.55) and Emily Hubner took first in the 1,600 (5:39.50). The Wildcats also swept the 4x220-yard (1:48.91), 4x440-yard (4:21.96) and distance medley (13:49.94) relays. Blue Springs’ Maria Wendell and Corinne Rinne finished 2-3 in the 800 meters, and Joslyn Snead was third in the pole vault.
William Chrisman’s Chrisha Riley finished second in the high jump (5-1) and Jessica Roland was second in the shot put (34-5). Kyana Mason took fourth in the 55 dash and pole vault and Elizabeth Straub was seventh in the 1,600 for the Bears.
Grain Valley took third in the 4x220 relay, Chelsea Gabriel had the second-best time in the 55-meter hurdles (9.12), Kate Manz tied for fifth in the pole vault and Sarah Turner tied for seventh in the high jump.
Allie Webb led Truman with a third-place showing in the shot put (34-3).
Cassidy Skistimas was sixth in the 3,200 to lead Oak Grove.