Grain Valley High School track and field fans are going to see the best of the best and get a glimpse of the future today and Saturday at the Missouri Class 3 State Track and Field Championships in Jefferson City, Mo.

Grain Valley High School track and field fans are going to see the best of the best and get a glimpse of the future today and Saturday at the Missouri Class 3 State Track and Field Championships in Jefferson City, Mo.

Senior Tyree Meadows and six of his teammates hope to make some noise on the boys side while freshman Chelsea Gabriel will treat fans to her first state performance.

“I can’t wait for state, especially since I get to share it with my teammates,” said Meadows, a distance standout who will compete in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. “I’ve never won a state medal in track and field, and this would be the perfect way to end my high school career.”

While Meadows is looking for the perfect ending, Gabriel is looking for the perfect beginning.

“She holds the school record in the 100 hurdles – I think she broke her own record four or five times this year,” Eagles girls coach Cris Byington said. “She doesn’t even know how good she is, or how good she could be.

“This is her first time at state, and we’re all excited to see how she does.”

Gabriel is going to state with a realistic approach.

“My goal in the 100 hurdles is to have fun and make a good showing,” Gabriel said. “If I get a medal, great. But I know I’ll have a lot of other chances to get to state. This year, I want to see what it’s all about and cheer for all the guys.”

Meadows will be joined by Zac Hoover (110 high hurdles, 4x100, 4x200), Riley Williams (long jump, triple jump, 4x100, 4x200), DeAndre Davis (4x100, 4x200), David Hudgens (4x100), Wilson Gaschler (4x200) and Ryan Nace, who is battling some injury issues but hopes to take part in at least one of the relay events.

“We’re taking a great group of kids to state,” boys coach Marc Cleveland said. “These are the type of guys you take, and you don’t even worry about. They’re not going to do anything crazy down there. They’re there for a reason, and that’s to compete.”

The Eagles boys recently completed one of the most successful seasons in recent history, with Meadows winning the 1,600 at sectionals, then finishing second in the 3,200 and third in the 800.

He will be competing against his good friend, Oak Grove senior Tyler Banks, in the 800.

“Ty and I are such good friends. It’s going to be great to go head to head against him,” Meadows said. “State is such a great meet. It’s all about competing against the best, and you don’t get much better than Ty.”

Meadows is a favorite in the 1,600 and 3,200, but he’s not going to let the pressure take away his love of competing for the Eagles.

“If I just sat and thought about this being my last meet for Grain Valley, I’d probably be all nervous,” Meadows said. “But I’m going to enjoy every minute of it. I’m going against the best, and what a great way to end your high school career.

“And I’m one of the lucky competitors because I’ll get to keep running in college.”

Meadows will be a member of West Point’s track and field and cross country teams.

“The captain of West Point track team called me this week, and that was just amazing to think that they’re thinking about me,” Meadows said. “He just wanted to talk and wish me luck. We talked about West Point, and it just got me all excited about going to college.”

Cleveland believes his brilliant senior distance standout will have one last hurrah before heading to West Point.

“Tyree has been such an important part of this team, and the cross country team,” Cleveland said. “We all expect big things from him and the rest of his teammates at state. I think I’m as excited as they are.”