As bright as the sun shone Tuesday afternoon at Truman High School, the athletes from Fort Osage’s boys and girls track and field teams had to feel equally sunny about their prospects for the rest of the season after the Independence City Championships.
Both Indian squads ran away with the team titles. Fort Osage’s girls had 132 points, followed by William Chrisman (73), Truman (59) and Van Horn (8). The boys tallied 122 points, with Truman nipping Chrisman for second 67-65 and Van Horn managing 18.
“We had a lot of great performances today, but I don’t see the athletes content with what they’re doing,” Fort Osage coach J.D. Snead said. “We did enough to score what we needed to score, but I’m sure they’re still hungry.
“When you have a day like this, I think the athletes get pumped up. They’re enthusiastic and their intensity level is high, and it’s a meet we want to win.”
Allison Stevens, who won all four of her events for the Fort Osage girls, said Snead urged the team to take advantage of the ideal conditions.
“That’s what coach said, to PR in this weather,” she said.
Stevens nipped Chrisman’s Kyana Mason by one-hundredth of a second to win the 100-meter dash (13.09), claimed the 400 (1:04.04) by a slim margin over teammate Madyson Monday, came from behind in the last 20 meters to beat Truman’s Lexi Hart in the 200 (26.79) and anchored the winning 4x400 relay (4:18.39, with Samantha Trimmer, Monday and Meagan Kelly).
“I really had to kick it in there because I had a bad start,” Stevens said of the 200. “I kind of figured I would catch her by 150, and when I didn’t I really had to kick it in.”
Stevens’ teammate Asia Cole was a double-winner, throwing 38 feet, 4 1/4 inches in the shot put and 141-7 in the discus. Other winners for the Indians included the 4x800 relay of Kalee Dowell, Makayla Daugherty, Kelsey Robertson and Bethanie Denk (11:25.17) and Raven Bunn in the triple jump (35-6), and Fort Osage also totaled 10 runner-up finishes.
Chrisman’s Elizabeth Straub won the 1,600 (5:59.42) and 3,200 (13:40.7), Kyana Mason cleared 9 feet to win the pole vault and Chrisha Riley-Anderson cleared 5 feet to win the high jump. The Bears also won the other two relays, as Alliyah Mayweather, Mason, Sydney Carter and Deja Hall clocked 1:52.64 in the 4x200 and Mayweather, Mason, Sarah Daniels and Hall clocked 52.18 in the 4x100.
Truman got wins from Emily Frazier in the 100 hurdles (18.57), Lillian Schnakenberg in the 300 hurdles (53.42), Lauren Connor in the 800 (2:42.86) and Hart in the long jump (16-11 1/2), and Allie Webb’s runner-up throw of 133-8 in the discus set a school record.
Van Horn’s top performances were thirds from Tamera Carroll in the 400 (1:05.02) and Kim Chacon in the 3,200 (14:04.96).
Josh Alt and Elijah McGill paced Fort Osage’s boys. Alt won the 110 hurdles in 16.16 and the 300 hurdles in 40.93 and ran third for the winning 4x400 (3:36.04, with Trenton Moore, Dakota Baker and Austan Jones). McGill leaped 21-9 1/4 to win the long jump and 40-11 to claim the triple jump and was runner-up in a strong 100-meter field (11.22).
“We did about what we wanted to do; everyone did great in their events,” Alt said. “The 300’s more my thing that I want to improve on. I like the 110s, but I’m more a 300 guy.”
Fort Osage also got wins from Dalton Miller in the shot put (47-11), Joseph Wallace in the discus (126-8) and Caleb Colyer in the 800 (2:10.38), the latter two leading 1-2-3 finishes by the Indians. In all, Fort Osage had 10 runner-up finishes.
Truman got wins from the 4x800 of Jack Franklin, Will Harmon, Edgar Renteria and Dustin Joiner (8:56.61), David Frazier in the 1,600 (4:52.29), Kyron Mitchell in the 400 (52.24), Renteria in the 3,200 (10:23.51) and Elijah Stewart in the pole vault (11-0).
Chrisman’s Dalvin Wilkerson won the 100 in 10.95 and the 200 in 22.28. He led off the winning 4x200 relay (1:32.12, with Deontay Lapsley, Michael Scherer and RaSean Ellis) and anchored the winning 4x100 (42.7, with Dommick Braswell, D’Vontae Brown and DeVante Wilkerson).
“All of ’em did (feel good),” Dalvin Wilkerson said of his races. “I haven’t reached my peak yet.”
Wilkerson also was happy to see twin brother DeVante run for the first time this season after knee surgery to repair a football injury. DeVante finished third in the 100 (11.24). Also for Chrisman, Bret Wolf won the high jump (5-8).
Van Horn’s second-place finishes from Marquis Bever in the 300 hurdles (43.26) and Kylan Alexander in the shot put (47-6).