Blue Springs girls track and field coach Jennifer Reeder’s teams have competed in several Ron Ives Invitational meets over the years.

Blue Springs girls track and field coach Jennifer Reeder’s teams have competed in several Ron Ives Invitational meets over the years.

The annual gathering at Liberty High School on Friday went to a different level in Reeder’s eyes with falling temperatures that dipped near the freezing mark as the event stretched late into the evening.

The Wildcats’ girls finished sixth at the meet as a team with 54 points. Liberty won the meet with 120 points, followed by Staley (99), Lincoln Prep (95) and Lee’s Summit North (88). Blue Springs South was seventh as  a team with 48 points, while William Chrisman (34) finished eighth and Truman (25) ninth.

On the boys side, Lee’s Summit West was first with 146 points. Blue Springs finished third with 100 points, Blue Springs South claimed sixth with 50 points and Truman was seventh with 47 points.

William Chrisman (21) finished ninth.

“That had to be the coldest meet we have ever competed in,” Reeder said. “I pulled some of the sprint events because it just got too cold as the night went on.  Ron Ives is always a cold meet – but never like that.”

The Wildcats’ Monet Jackson finished first in the shot put with a throw of 36 feet, 3 inches and in the discus with a throw of 116 feet. Shannon Danaher placed second in the 800 with a time of 2 minutes, 37 seconds and Megan Wright finished third in the pole vault with a vault of 9-feet.