• Dick Puhr: Spring sports season was interesting

  • Interesting statistics from a cold and wet spring sports season.

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  • Interesting statistics from a cold and wet spring sports season.
    Truman junior Cole Rockhold made his presence felt in the Class 4 state track and field meet.
    He moved into fourth place on The Examiner’s All-Time Area Track & Field Honor Roll in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4 minutes, 13.68 seconds and into second place in the 3,200 by running 9:07.098. Blue Springs’ Stephen Mugeche is third in the 3,200 with a time of 9:07.89 in the state meet.
    With a year remaining, Rockhold could threaten the all-time 3,200 mark of 8:57.23 set by Lee’s Summit standout and Olympian Matt Tegenkamp in 2000.
    Those were the only changes for the boys.
    On the girls side, Blue Springs claimed second in the 800 relay with a time of 1:40.76. Lee’s Summit North moved into fourth at 1:41.36.
    The Lee’s Summit West all-underclassmen quartet of Annika Sisson, Kennadee Williams, Kourtney West and Elizabeth Nolke posted the fastest 3,200 relay time ever at 9:19.84. West also ranks No. 2 and No. 3 in the event with times of 9:22.14 and 9:24.69, respectively.
    In the field events, Blue Springs’ Jazmin McCoy posted the fourth-best long jump at 19 feet; Fort Osage’s Asia Cole moved into the second place in the shot put with a throw of 47 feet, 2.5 inches; and Blue Springs’ Tyra Bickham moved into fifth in the shot put at 43-5.25. Cole, who will be a senior, set conference and sectional records in the event.
    n Liberty at 9-1 was the only Suburban Conference girls soccer champion to not go undefeated in conference play. Lee’s Summit West, Staley and Kearney each went 10-0.
    n Liberty’s Heather Glenn, at 12 feet, 6 inches, owns the best all-time pole vault mark in Suburban Conference history. She cleared the height in the Big Six meet.
    n Lee’s Summit North posted its first losing girls soccer record since 2005 and only the second since it began playing the sport since 1996. Lee’s Summit West kept intact its record of never posting a losing record in nine years of girls soccer competition.
    n It is believed some 100 baseball games involving Suburban Conference, Missouri River Valley Conference West, Crossroads Conference and independents were not played because of the nasty spring weather. Raymore-Peculiar played only six and Liberty seven of its scheduled 10 conference games.
    Finally, a reminder that the first day of fall high school sports practice is Aug. 12.

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