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Examiner
  • WREAKING HAVOC

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  • Godzilla wasn’t the only beast attracting attention this weekend.
    While the celluloid creature wreaked havoc on theater screens around the world, coach Joe Cusack’s Blue Springs High School boys track and field team destroyed the competition at the Class 4 District 7 track and field meet at Lee’s Summit High School.
    By the time the smoke had cleared, Khalil and Carlos Davis, Stephen Mugeche and the Wildcats totaled 153 points to easily outdistance second place Lee’s Summit West (87) and third-place Lee's Summit North (77). Blue Springs South finished in sixth place with 67.5 points.
    Carlos Davis heaved the shot 54 foot, 9 inches on his final attempt to bring home the Wildcats' first gold medal, and Khalil Davis followed with a 190-8 throw in the discus to foreshadow what was about to happen.
    “Comparing us to Godzilla?” Khalil asked, grinning. “I like it. Yeah, Godzilla is running over people, and that’s what we want to do at this track meet. We want to make a statement. We think this is our year, and we want to score a lot of points today and keep scoring points all the way to state.”
    When asked about winning the shot put on his final attempt, Carlos sported one of those smiles that light up an entire sports complex.
    “I was just toying with them,” Carlos joked. “I knew I was going to win on that throw. You can’t let me hang around, because if I have a chance to win an event – even with just one throw – I’m going to do it. Today was perfect – I win the shot and Khalil wins the discus. And I’ve only been working on this (throwing) style for two days, so I think the best is yet to come.”
    While the Davis twin terrors were flexed their muscles in the shot and discus, Mugeche padded his résumé by winning the 1,600 (4:27.19) and the 3,200 (9:30.48) and advancing in the 800 and 3,200 relay.
    “Today wasn’t about personal records or school records; today was about advancing on to sectional,” said Mugeche, as the top four qualifiers in each event advance to Saturday’s sectional meet at Excelsior Springs High School.
    “I’m so proud of what we accomplished as a team today.”
    Other Blue Springs boys winners were Tamarick Quinney in the 100 (10.99), Taysean Goodwin in the 400 (48.9) and Jacob Peister, triple jump (46-9).
    “This is a very, very special group of young men,” Cusack said after scoring the second-most points at district in his seven-year career at Blue Springs (the Wildcats scored 159 points in his first season).
    Page 2 of 2 - “We had so many first-place finishes today, but we scored a lot of points with other guys rising to the occasion. The Davis brothers and Stephen came out and did what we expected from them, and so did the rest the guys. I am just so blessed and so fortunate to be coaching this team.”
    • South boys coach Troy Harding had mixed emotions following his team's sixth-place showing.
    “Tyler Blair did a great job in the hurdles, finishing second by 1/100th in the 110 to the defending state champion and then winning the 300, and some other kids did well too – but we had so many fifth-place finishes. And you hate to see that, especially for your seniors.”
    • Blue Springs South girls coach Ryan Unruh was pleased with the Jaguars' third-place finish as Lee’s Summit West finished first with 125 points followed by Lee’s Summit North, 87; Blue Springs South, 98; and Blue Springs, 94.
    “We started off real well in the field events with Wendi Siavi winning the shot put (40-5), Jahliah Clay winning the long jump (17-8) and Shacasia Johnson winning the discus (134-11). Grace (Klausen) did real well finishing second in the 1,600 and 3,200, and we did well in the relays. These girls just keep getting better and better.”
    • Blue Springs girls coach Jennifer Reeder was thrilled all four Wildcat relay teams advanced to sectionals.
    “We had some great efforts today,” Reeder said. “I'm really happy with the girls relay teams. All of them will be competing next week.”
    Wildcat winners were Alicia Starr in the high jump (5-2) and the 800 relay (1:42.08).

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