Will Fort Osage High School sophomore Asia Cole continue her assault on the record book and bring home gold medals in the shot put and discus at the Class 4 Missouri State Track and Field Championships at Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City?

Will Fort Osage High School sophomore Asia Cole continue her assault on the record book and bring home gold medals in the shot put and discus at the Class 4 Missouri State Track and Field Championships at Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City?

Can the four Truman High School runners who claimed gold medals at sectionals repeat their first-place finishes in the biggest meet of their lives?

Who will become an unsung hero and who will do their best to find a quiet place to contemplate a less-than-stellar performance?

These and many, many more questions will be answered today and Saturday as Eastern Jackson County is sending a galaxy of stars to a state meet that could be one of the more memorable events in recent history.

“We have some outstanding kids going – from all the schools in Eastern Jack,” Blue Springs boys coach Joe Cusack said as he team prepared for the 2 1/2-hour bus trip to Lincoln University. “District and sectional competition has been outstanding, and we expect it to be outstanding at state as well.”

Cole could be the talk of the meet after breaking a Class 4 sectional record last Saturday with a throw of 150 feet, 1 inch in the discus. That throw also broke her own school record. She also holds the school record in the shot, which she also won at both district and sectional meets.

“She doesn’t even know how good she can be,” Fort Osage girls coach J.D. Snead said. “Every time she throws, you expect something special to happen.”

When asked about her approach at state, the soft-spoken sophomore simply said, “I’m not even thinking about a gold medal. I want to be a state medalist, but I’m not thinking about winning the gold. I don’t want to put that much pressure on myself.”

On the Class 3 front, Grain Valley’s Zac Hoover is attempting to complete a remarkable feat as he attempts to bring home a medal in either the 300-meter hurdles or 400 relay. He already owns all-state honors in football and wrestling, and a state medal this weekend would complete an impressive trio of honors.

“I was all-state last year in track,” Hoover said, “but I want to be all-state in all three sports in the same year. That would be the perfect way to end my senior season.”

Justin Brown (1,600), Cole Rockhold (3,200), Roy Bay (100) and Sara Ruckman (800) won their respective races at last week’s Class 4 sectional competition and look to repeat this weekend in Jefferson City.

“The most impressive thing about the group we are taking,” Truman boys and girls track coach Craig Lewis said, “is that each one of them could bring home a medal, and each one of them could win their event.”

Alisha Meyer, a Truman junior who was second in the 300 hurdles, is also looking to bring back a medal.

“We’ve taken some kids to state before,” Lewis added, “but this is the first time all five have a legitimate chance at winning their event.”

Blue Springs South senior Samantha Nightingale, who is undefeated this season in the 1,600 and 3,200, has never won a gold medal at state in track.

“I want to do something this weekend,” Nightingale said, “that people will remember for a long time.”

Eastern Jackson County will be represented by the following Class 4 boys and girls:

Blue Springs: Tyra Bickham, Cali Bissell, Ronay Coleman, Shannon  Danaher, Gabby Hall, Courtney Kern, Re’yven Lawrence, Elizabeth Reynolds, Tyonna Snow, Bri Starr, Lizzy Wendell, Megan Wright, James Barnett, Simon Belete, Jacob Belke, Chris Clark, Deiondre Hall,  Erron Holley, Alex Johnson, Cole Jones, Stephen Mugeche, Dominic Piccinni, Antwon President, DeShaughn Terry and Jason Young.

Blue Springs South: Savannah Hoyle, Shannon Hughes, Makayla Moore, Samantha Nightingale,  Brooke Stetzler, K’Rishin Stoudemire, Lindsey Woody, Leyland Anderson, Tyler Blair, Syrell Fuel, Marquan Hughes, Hunter Stoll, Steven Sullivan and Josh Watson.

Fort Osage: Asia Cole and Austin Regier.

Lee’s Summit North: Remy Abrought, Karley Brown, Aliyah Hakim, Shantaja Heath, Ebony Hollinger, Cydnee Holmes, Lia Howe, Jenny Krause, Courtney Lewis, Kelsey Lewis, Brielle Magee, Eboni Moore, Tessa Riley, Carson Severson, Kyle Dean, Brian Green, Thomas Hawkins, Darian Holmes, James Lewis, Hunter Pickering, Kolton Sheldon, Derek Somogye and Cory Wheaton-Werle.

William Chrisman: De’Jionae Calloway, Crystal Cook, Sarah Daniel, Rachel Losch, Kyana Mason, Nieka Wheeler, David Daniel and Jordan Warner.

Class 3 representatives are:

Grain Valley: Chelsea Gabriel, Caitlin Harris, Mariah Hernandez, Mitch Gaylord, Zac Hoover, David Hudgens, Blake Lacey, Daniel Mahurin, Ryan Nace and Brice Quinn.

Oak Grove: Colton Blackston, Garrett Cross, Jordan Douglas, Derrick Dow, Garrett Higbee, Skyler Hulse, Jacob Ledger, Corey Martin and Kyle White.