Dylan Cowling and a select group of his Blue Springs High School teammates are on a mission.

For Cowling, he’s seeking to become the first Wildcat to score points at a state meet in the javelin. The senior standout was second at state last year, but it was just an exhibition event.

“This year, I want to score some points and help this team win the third state championship in school history,” said Cowling, who will attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, this fall, “but I don’t want to get ahead of myself.

“I have to finish in the top four at sectional Saturday to advance to state. I’m going to work hard to make sure I finish in the top four – but I’d like to win it because I want to go to state with a lot of confidence.”

That sentiment is shared by four of his field teammates who also claimed championships at the district meet to earn berths into Saturday’s Class 5 Sectional 4 meet at Blue Springs South. Cowling won the javelin (162 feet, 11 inches); Daniel Parker won the discus (167-8); Tre’ Wheaton prevailed in the triple jump (45-9.75); Darius Clark took the long jump (23-3); and Sam Knowlton topped the field in the pole vault (13 feet).

That’s 50 of the school-record 200 points the Wildcats totaled at the Class 5 District 14 meet last Saturday at William Chrisman High School.

What makes this group special is the intriguing fact that Clark is the lone track-only member of the Wildcats’ field team.

Parker is one of the most highly recruited football linemen in the Midwest, with 17 Division I offers and also excelled on the basketball team.

Wheaton is a wide receiver, Knowlton is a kicker and Cowling started the season at linebacker but moved to quarterback when Chase Donohoe broke his leg, helping lead the Wildcats to the Class 6 state championship game.

“It is pretty amazing that Darius is the only full-time track guy – and he’s a good one!” Wildcats coach Joe Cusack said before Thursday’s practice. “You look at Darius – he was first in the long jump and second in the high and triple jumps. That’s 26 points from one guy – that’s how you win championships.

“I think a lot of people watch us and are surprised at all the wins we have because they see Lee’s Summit North and they do so well in the sprints and the relays. Everyone sees the sprints and the relays, but the pole vault, jumping events, discus and javelin are usually away from the bleachers – and we’re just dominating there.”

Domination is one key to the Wildcats’ success, but Cowling said there is another reason so many athletes want to be a part of the track team.

“It’s fun,” Cowling said, “and we’re successful, and everyone wants to be a part of a successful program. We like to fool around and get on each other at practice, but when it’s time to get serious we do, and we work hard. And we all respect Coach Cusack. He’s a special coach – he loves the guys on this team and he lets us know it every day.”

Parker nodded in agreement.

“We have so much fun, then we go out and win championships,” Parker said, sporting his familiar grin. “We all know that all we have to do is finish in the top four Saturday to go to state, but we want to win our events.

“We feed off each other’s success. And it’s funny – when the twins (Carlos and Khalil Davis, who are playing football and throwing the shot and discus at the University of Nebraska) and Justin (Hall, a long and triple jumper who is competing at Texas Tech) and Jacob (Peister, a triple jumper who is competing at the University of Central Michigan) all graduated, I know people thought, ‘Now’s the time to get Blue Springs.’ But we showed ‘em all that we’re a team and we’re going to keep having success.”

Wheaton said the success comes from the coaching staff and a burning desire to succeed.

“We have the best coaches and we all want to win, and we work hard to win,” Wheaton said. “I’m excited about Saturday, but I’m a little anxious, too, because we’ve done some great things this season and we want to keep having success.”

Clark said it’s an honor to keep the storied Wildcat track and field legacy in place, as this year’s team hopes to pick up the third state championship in school history.

“We have to take care of business on Saturday and then go down to state and take care of business,” Clark said. “This is a special team, a special group of athletes who can have so much success in two sports. We’re just this band of brothers who love each other and want to go out and win every time we compete.”

Knowlton said when he plays football, he’s a kicker; when track season rolls around, he’s a pole vaulter.

“And I love both sports,” said Knowlton, who won the Ray Guy Prokicker.com Top Prospect Award winner for his performance at a Ray Guy Kicking Camp last summer in Kentucky. “With pole vaulting, I wanted to try something different. I tried pole vaulting and fell in love with it. And I love being on a team with such a great group of teammates and coaches.”