Since Fort Osage High School students started their summer vacation, boys and girls cross country coach Chris Earley has been putting the finishing touches on Wednesday's Mo-Kan Meet of Champions.
It will begin at 6 p.m. at the Indians' track and field complex at the high school and feature the top seniors in the two-state area.
“It’s about all I have been working on,” said Earley, who added that more than 60 seniors from Missouri and Kansas have signed up for the state's premier all-star meet. “We’ve got some great names coming to the event, like (Fort Osage’s) Asia Cole and Jayme Allen and Eli Leavell from the Blue Springs state championship boys team.
Cole, a Fort Osage graduate who won eight state medals – including first in the shot put and second in the discus at the 2014 Missouri High School Track and Field Championships last month – will be one of the premier competitors at the meet.
Leavell will compete in the long jump and triple jump and Allen will run the 800.
Other area athletes include Fort Osage's Josh Alt, 110 and 300 hurdles; Ethan Nelson, 1,500; Caleb Colyer, 800; Austin Jones, 400; Jeremiah Reynolds, 3,200; Dalton Miller, shot; Joe Wallace, discus; and Raven Bunn, high jump, triple jump, long jump.
Truman will be represented by Edgar Renteria, 1,500; Landon Rogers, 400; and Kyron Mitchell, 400.
Dalvin Wilkerson, 100 and 200; and Chrisha Riley, high jump, will represent William Chrisman; and Trezelle Ray will represent Grain Valley in the 110 and 300 hurdles.
“This is the fourth year we’ve had the all-star meet, and it’s grown in numbers every year,” Earley said. “And there were some kids who wanted to compete, but weren’t sure if they could make it. We’re going to let them sign up the day of the meet, just to make sure we get as many top-caliber kids as possible.”
There will also be an all-star tribute where the high school seniors take a lap around the track with athletes from Special Olympics.
“That’s always something that is special for everyone,” Earley said. “Fort Osage has always had a strong connection with Special Olympics. Our student council hosts a Special Olympics track and field meet that has been a big success, and all the Special Olympic athletes look forward to participating in our event.”