Emori Grimes didn’t perform up to her pre-meet expectations, but the Fort Osage High School sprinter said the best is yet to come this season after her first-, second- and third-place finishes Friday night at the 58th annual Bill Summa Invitational at William Chrisman High School.
“I could have done a lot better, but I am happy with the way I ran,” said Grimes, who was first in the 400-meter run (58.12 seconds), second in the 100-meter dash (12.40) and third in the 200 (25.72).
“I think I competed hard, you know, I would have liked to have won all three events, but this was a good meet with a lot of good competition. I’m happy I was able to win the 400, and it gives me something to work on the rest of the season to improve my places in the 100 and 200 and my times all three events.”
When asked if she experienced any special emotions while competing in her final Summa Invitational, she smiled and said, “No, not really. I’m not an emotional person. I love to come over here and compete and have enjoyed competing here, but once it’s over, I just start thinking about my next meet.”
Park Hill edged Columbia Rock Bridge 105-103 for the team title with Lee’s Summit North (62) finishing in sixth place to claim the top rank among Easten Jackson County schools.
Fort Osage (44) was eighth, host Chrisman (36) was ninth, and Truman (21) was 12th among the 14 schools competing.
“I’m really proud of all our girls,” Chrisman boys and girls coach Tyler Rathke said. “We had some solid finishes. Camrynn (Holloman) did a great job finishing second in the triple jump (37 feet, 5 inches).
“That is her best jump in the state of Missouri. She had a 38-7.5 in altitude in Mexico, so this was her best jump in this state. Jumping like that this early in the season is great.
“And Jacque (David) set a school record in the discus (135-08) and was second and had a 40-01.5 in the shotput and was third – so this early, we’re pleased with those results.
“I’m happy with how all our girls performed.”
David was pleased with her school-record toss in the discus, but believes she can improve in both events.
“I did all right,” David said, “but I know I can do better. It’s fun to compete in this event because it is our school event and it means so much to all of us. I’m happy, but know I can get better – a lot better.”
Truman boys and girls coach Marcus Summers echoed that sentiment.
“I was happy with what we did, and we have a lot of room for improvement,” Summers said.
“It’s early and we did some good things, and I know we’re going to do a lot more good things this season.”