Dominique Wright was sporting an ear-to-ear grin as he walked to the podium to pick up his second-place state medal in the 200 meters.

“I’d be pretty good if I knew what I was doing,” joked Wright

Dominique Wright was sporting an ear-to-ear grin as he walked to the podium to pick up his second-place state medal in the 200 meters.


“I’d be pretty good if I knew what I was doing,” joked Wright, a first-time state qualifier who brought home the top area medal Saturday at the Missouri Class 4 State High School Track and Field Championships at Lincoln University’s Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City.


“I don’t know much about technique; I just know I’m pretty fast,” said Wright, a junior who was clocked at 21.9 seconds in Saturday’s finals.


But what he really wanted to talk about was his 21.7 preliminary clocking, which tied his father’s all-time best high school mark.


Leo Wright, a 1988 Raytown South High School graduate, ran a best time of 21.7 for the Cardinals, but scratched at sectionals and never got the chance to compete at state.


“My mom and dad were both here today,” Wright said, “but my brother Winston is having his graduation party today, and he couldn’t make it. I’m going to his party right after we get back to Blue Springs.”


And the two brothers – who are also best friends – had plenty to celebrate.


“I’m just a junior, and I’m glad I’m coming back next year after (St. Louis University High senior) Ronnie Wingo graduates. He’s a beast! What a great runner. It was a real honor to compete against him today.”


Wingo, who will play football at the University of Arkansas, won the 100 and 200 to help his team score 64 points and finish third in the team standings.


Hazelwood East won the team title with 68 points, edging Lee’s Summit West’s 64 points.


Blue Springs South was 30th with 8 points supplied by Wright. Blue Springs tied Lee’s Summit North for 27th with 9 points.


The nine Blue Springs points came from junior Jordan Chrisman, who was fourth in the shot put Saturday, and Gus Toca, who was fifth in the discus on Friday.


“I’m really disappointed,” Chrisman said after his best throw of 55 feet, 10.25 inches. “I just wasn’t pumped up or fired up today. And it’s state. I don’t understand it. I thought I’d do better.”


He paused for a moment, and added, “At least I’m the top guy coming back. But I know I’ll have to work hard to win the shot next year. There is a lot of great competition in that event every year.”


At least he won’t have to worry about Lee’s Summit West standout Brooks Mosier, who won the event for the third year in a row. Last year, Mosier won on his last attempt.


This year he won on his first throw – a mammoth effort of 60-1.75.


“When he was going to the (award) stand I told him, ‘Go to (the University of ) Missouri so I never have to see you again,’” joked the personable Chrisman. “You know, when I first started to compete against Brooks, I didn’t like him.


“I say I didn’t like him, but I didn’t even know him. Now, I love the kid. He’s so great and such a great kid. He one of those guys who go around encouraging everyone he’s competing against.


“It’s been an honor to throw against him the past couple of years, but I’m not going to miss him once he goes to Missouri.”


Mosier was a model of modesty after winning his third title.


“All the glory goes to God,” Mosier said. “He’s enabled me to do all I have done. It’s been a great three years. I also need to thank guys like Jordan Chrisman for making me work hard. Because I know if I didn’t work hard, they’d beat me. Jordan is a great competitor.”


Lee’s Summit North earned its points with Tom O’Donnell’s fifth-place showing in the 300 hurdles and Will Bruce’s sixth-place finish in the shot.


Raytown South took sixth with 26 points. Dajuan Beard finished third in the long jump and Stephen Saylor was fourth in the 3,200 to pace the Cardinals Saturday.