Blue Springs High School senior Deiondre Hall is still disappointed about returning from the Class 4 Missouri State Track and Field Championship without a gold medal hanging around his neck.

Blue Springs High School senior Deiondre Hall is still disappointed about returning from the Class 4 Missouri State Track and Field Championship without a gold medal hanging around his neck.

However, Wildcats coach Joe Cusack says the four-event standout should be pleased with scoring a team-high 18 points to lead Blue Springs to a second-place state finish.

“I know Deiondre wanted to win a gold medal, and if he’d have participated in one or two events, he might have,” Cusack said. “But he competed strong in four events, scored 18 points and we come home with a second-place trophy after finishing in 25th place last year.

“I couldn’t be any prouder of what he did. He is a special young man.”

Hall finished second in the high jump, fourth in the long jump, fifth in the triple jump and anchored the fifth-place 400-meter relay team.

His excellence throughout this season helped him edge teammate Erron Holley in claiming The Examiner’s Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

“There isn’t a more deserving individual than Deiondre,” Cusack said. “He’s one of the best all-around athletes we’ve had at Blue Springs High School – and that’s saying something. He developed late in his track career and state was his first four-event challenge.

“He competed in three events at district and sectional and dominated in those events. He gave it everything he had at state. We don’t finish in second place without him.”

While Hall is The Examiner’s top male track and field athlete, many Wildcat fans might think of him as a football or basketball player.

He was a standout on coach Kelly Donohoe’s Suburban Big Six champion Wildcats at both defensive back and wide receiver and he starred for coach Frank Wheeler’s surprising basketball team.

He earned nine varsity letters at Blue Springs – four in track and field, three in basketball and two in football. He will play football at the University of Northern Iowa where he will team up with former Wildcats running back Carlos Anderson and quarterback Jared Lanpher.

“People ask me which sport is my favorite and I tell them that I like all of them, but I guess football is my favorite since I’m going to play it in college,” Hall said.

“I like to keep busy, and I like all sports and God has blessed me with the ability to be good in all three.”

The four medals Hall won at state are his first, and that makes them special, even though none of them are gold.

“I won the triple jump and long jump at district and sectional and I wanted win those two events at state, but the competition down there was really good,” Hall said. “Like Coach told us, state isn’t about individual stuff. It’s about being a team, and I know I contributed to a second-place finish and I like that. We hadn’t come close to winning a state trophy since I’ve been here and to be a part of that was cool.”

With Hall leading the way, the Wildcats won their first conference crown since Cusack’s first year as head coach back in 2008 and their first state trophy since 1998.

“I was able to leave Blue Springs feeling good about the contribution I made to the track team,” Hall said. “Now, I’m getting ready for college. It’s going to be weird not going from football to basketball to track in college, but I think you have to concentrate on one sport to be a success in college.

“I’ll miss track, and I’m really proud to be The Examiner’s top athlete. Now, I’m looking forward to a new challenge at Northern Iowa. I can’t wait.”