Jordan Chrisman made a bold statement Saturday afternoon at the Class 4 Sectional 4 meet at Blue Springs South High School.

Jordan Chrisman made a bold statement Saturday afternoon at the Class 4 Sectional 4 meet at Blue Springs South High School.
The Blue Springs strong man, who had been disappointed with his senior season, unloaded a throw of 57 feet, 4.5 inches on his final attempt to win the shot put and set the stage for what he promises to be an exciting state competition.
“I set the school record (58-0.5) at the Gary Parker Invitational at our school, and haven’t done anything since then,” said Chrisman, who has signed to play football at the University of Central Arkansas. “Since that meet, I’ve had a bad taste in my mouth. I felt like I’ve let the team down, my coaches down, I’ve let everyone down.
“So this past week, I just refocused on what was important. Even though I’m playing football in college, I stayed out of the weight room to be at my peak for this meet – and it worked.
“All I did all week was focus on today – mentally and physically. And when I made that final throw, I knew it was a good one.”
Watching from a large gallery was former Wildcat and Chrisman’s best buddy, Gus Toca, The Examiner’s Football Defensive Player of the Year from 2008 and a former Wildcat standout on the track and field team.
“I inspired him today,” joked Toca, who is playing football at Pittsburg State. “Really, I knew he was kind of struggling and I wanted to be here for him. When he made that final throw, I knew it was good enough to win. Now, I have to go to Jeff City to be his lucky charm at state.”
Chrisman wasn’t the only Wildcat to win a field event as pole vaulter Sam Patterson cleared 13 feet, 9 inches to edge Lee’s Summit North’s Drake Duckworth, who went 13-6.
“I’d been kind of like Jordan, not really happy with my performances,” Patterson said. “But today was great. I’d cleared 14 feet in practice and was hoping to get that today. But I’ll take 13-9 – since it gets me to state.”
While Chrisman and Patterson made strong showings, the man of the hour for the Wildcats was Jordan Dodd, who won the 300 hurdles (38.30), was second in the 200 and ran a blistering 48.4-second split on the second-place 1,600 relay team.
“It’s a great day to be a Wildcat,” Blue Springs coach Joe Cusack said after his team finished third in the team standings with 69 points. “There have been a few distractions for Jordan Chrisman the past few weeks and he has come back strong – man, did he come back strong! I am so proud of him. What he did today is just the start. He’s thrown 58 feet this year, and that’s what we’re looking for at state.
“And Sam Patterson did a great job today winning the pole vault. We look for good things from him at state. Jayce Thomas was courageous today. He scratched in his first three attempts in the triple jump, and jumped (45 feet, 6.5 inches) on his final attempt to finish in second place and he didn’t let what happened in the triple jump bother him and he went out and placed fourth in the long jump.
“And Jordan Dodd. Mr. Jordan Dodd – what can I say about him that I haven’t said the past two weeks? When he’s healthy – which he has been this season – he is one of the best hurdlers in the state. We’re looking for huge things from him next week at state. He won’t have to run the hurdles and 200 so close together and he could really make some noise in both events, and that split in the 1,600 relay was just amazing.”
Fort Osage’s E.J. Gaines, who will play football at the University of Missouri, is heading to state after finishing third in the 100 and running the second leg of the second-place 800 relay team, that was edged by Grandview 1:28.18 to 1:28.23.
“It’s a thrill to go to state with the guys on the relay team – Nathan Hancock, Tyler Lee-Banks and Edward Pearl. Nathan and Edward and I all played football, so it’s kind of like our last hurrah and we’ve tried to get a relay team to state the past two years and always came up short, so this very, very special to all of us.”
Hancock also earned a state berth with a fourth-place finish in the triple jump.
Truman’s lone state qualifier was Blaine Scott, who took fourth place in the discus. William Chrisman’s Jordan Warner just missed making state in the high jump, taking fifth at 6-4 and losing a tiebreaker on number of jumps.
Lee’s Summit North, which totaled 76 points to take second in the team standings to Liberty’s 100, earned eight state berths, including the second-place 3,200-meter relay team. Jon LaPlante had the Broncos’ lone win in the 800 (1:58.03), while Will Bruce advanced in both the shot put and discus with second- and third-place finishes, respectively.

Boys area state qualifiers
Pole vault: 1. Sam Patterson, BS, 13-9; 2. Drake Duckworth, LSN, 13-6.
Long jump: 4. Jayce Thomas, BS, 21-2.25.
Triple jump: 2. Jayce Thomas, BS, 45-6.5; 4. Nathan Hancock, FO, 43-10.74.
Discus: 3. Will Bruce, LSN, 153-4; 4. Blaine Scott, Truman, 143-01.
Shot put: 1. Jordan Chrisman, BS, 57-4.5; 2. Will Bruce, LSN, 55-6; 4. Ben Pascal, LSN, 54-10.5.
3,200-meter relay: 2. LSN, 8:09.54.
100: 3. E.J. Gaines, FO, 11.46.
800 relay: 2. Fort Osage, 1:28.23.
1,600: 4. Kolton Sheldon, LSN, 4:25.44.
400: 3. Darrell Whitmore, LSN, 51.28.
300 intermediate hurdles: 1. Jordan Dodd, BS, 48.3; 2. Ben Harvel, BSS, 39.77.
800: 1. Jon LaPlante, LSN, 1:58.03.
200: 2. Jordan Dodd, BS, 22.66.
1,600 relay: 2. Blue Springs, 3:24.72.