The way Allie Barrett directed her gaze Friday afternoon might have helped the Fort Osage senior win the girls pole vault event at the Bill Summa Invitational at William Chrisman – and set a school record.
“My best accomplishment was not looking the bar,” said Barrett, who cleared 11 feet, 1 inch, breaking the school record of 11 feet she had set in 2016. “I always look at the bar – and today, I did not. I guess it paid off.”
Barrett wasn’t the only individual winner for the Fort Osage girls. Freshman Sam Mygatt won the 100-meter high hurdles in 17.84 seconds.
“I was really pleased with the race,” Mygatt said. “I was excited to be able to run (in) the fastest heat, and I was really happy with how I did.”
For Fort Osage girls track coach J.D. Snead, Mygatt’s performance proved to be a pleasant surprise.
“I knew that she would place well,” Snead said. “I wasn’t sure that she would win.”
Other Fort Osage girls champions included sophomore Emari Grimes, who won the 400 in 1:01.82. Grimes’ outing also included a second-place finish in the 200 in 12.83 seconds. Other than a start that she said “felt kind of weird,” Grimes said she felt that she had a good run in the 200.
“I probably could’ve gotten out faster,” she said.
The host school also produced a few individual champions. Chris Bunce won the boys 1,600. Chrisman sophomore Camryn Holloman won the girls triple jump by leaping 34-8 – 8 inches shy of her personal best, set last Friday at the Rusty Hodge Invitational.
“When we were in Blue Springs, it seemed there was no wind coming,” Holloman said. “So now that this wind (is blowing), we’ve got to adjust more.”
Chrisman boys and girls coach Tyler Rathke said Holloman’s performance was a good follow-up to her big win at the Rusty Hodge Invitational.
“She looks good this time of year,” Rathke said. “And we’ll see if she can keep moving her long jump up from 16 feet, too…. Just a really hard-working young lady.”
Truman’s Nik Tanner placed third in the boys 100 in 11.39. Although Tanner felt that his performance showed he had room for improvement, he was pleased with taking third, particularly considering he’s making the transition from basketball season to track season.
“I’m still getting into track shape,” Tanner said.
Tanner, a sophomore, was among a group of young and/or inexperienced athletes competing for the Patriots Friday.
“We’re just kind of rebuilding – and it’s really a process with our kids each track meet, just knowing what is track and field and learning how to compete, warmup, cool down, doing the little things right,” Truman coach Marcus Summers said. “But today, it’s been much better. I think we’re showing a lot of progress, across the board.”
Van Horn rounded out the group of Independence schools. Falcons sophomore Jasmine Williams broke her own school record in the girls triple jump with her distance of 29-3½.
“I knew that I could break my own record,” Williams said.
It was Williams’ first competition this season, according to Van Horn boys and girls coach David Winslow.
“So we were tickled with how she did,” Winslow said.
Note: At press time, full meet results were unavailable. Results are to be posted on Athletic.net.