Ashton Nibert, the brilliant St. Mary’s High School 400 standout, finished her senior year undefeated, with a Class 2 state medal hanging around her neck.

Ashton Nibert, the brilliant St. Mary’s High School 400 standout, finished her senior year undefeated, with a Class 2 state medal hanging around her neck.
“She had a remarkable year,” veteran Trojans track coach Tom Bates said after Nibert broke her own school record – for the second time this season – with a time of 57.97 seconds this past weekend at the Class 2 Missouri State High School Track and Field Championships at Lincoln University’s Dwight T. Reed Stadium.
“She started the season strong and finished even stronger. You have to be a very consistent and outstanding runner to go an entire season undefeated.”
The medal is the fourth Nibert has won during a stellar prep career. She was eighth in the 400 as a sophomore, fifth as a junior and a state champion as a senior. She was also a member of the second-place 1,600 relay team as a junior.
“It’s just been an unbelievable season,” Nibert said as she returned home to Independence after talking to coaches at the University of Missouri, who offered her walk-on status as a freshman.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do college-wise,” she said. “This past weekend I won state and graduated, so I’m just going to enjoy the moment for a while.”