While the Blue Springs High School boys track and field team came home with a second-place trophy at Saturday’s Missouri Class 4 State Track and Field Championships, the Wildcat girls returned with medals, memories and a first for longtime coach Jennifer Reeder.

While the Blue Springs High School boys track and field team came home with a second-place trophy at Saturday’s Missouri Class 4 State Track and Field Championships, the Wildcat girls returned with medals, memories and a first for longtime coach Jennifer Reeder.

“One reason we finished so high,” Reeder said after her team placed eighth with 33 points, “was because every girl that we took to state medaled and scored points – something I know we haven’t done since I have been coaching.”

While the Wildcats did not claim any gold medals, that didn’t take away from some personal performances that deserve mention.  

Tyra Bickham, a starting guard on the Wildcats’ state runner-up basketball team, proved she can hold her own while competing against the best of the best in the shot put and discus.

“Tyra finished third in the shot put and fifth in the discus, with a personal-record throw,” Reeder said. “Tyra has had a fantastic season and capped it off with two all-state medals. They were the first two medals she has gotten at the state level. Last year, she qualified in just the discus, but did not finish in the top eight.”

Another Wildcat standout was Bri Starr, who finished in sixth place in the triple jump.

“She has been on the track team the past three years,” Reeder said, “but this was the first year she made it to state and beat some fierce competition to finish all-state.”

Other Wildcat medal-winners were the 800-meter relay team (fourth place) of Reyven Lawrence, Gabby Hall, Lizzy Wendell and Tyonna Snow; and the 400 relay team (eighth place), which included Ronay Coleman, Snow, Lawrence and Hall.

Senior Megan Wright was second in the pole vault for the second year in a row, finishing behind state champion Brittany Kallenberger (who this year set a state record with a vault of 12 feet, 10 inches).

Hall, a freshman, earned three medals by taking part in the two relay teams and finishing seventh in the 200.

Snow, the only athlete in Blue Springs history to appear in four state championships in basketball, was fifth in the long jump and part of the 400 and 800 relay teams. This was her first year as a member of the track and field team.