Blue Springs seniors Sam Patterson and Jayce Thomas wrapped up their careers as two-time state medal winners.

Blue Springs seniors Sam Patterson and Jayce Thomas wrapped up their careers as two-time state medal winners.

Patterson finished third in the pole vault with a career best effort of 15 feet, 3 inches, and Thomas was fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 45-1 in the Class 4 Missouri State High School Track and Field Championships Friday at Dwight T. Reed Memorial Stadium.

“So proud of each of those young men,” Blue Springs boys coach Joe Cusack said. “Sam was fourth last year in the pole vault and Jayce was sixth, so they came down here this year and won another medal, got the team 11 points and wrapped up great careers.”

Thomas was one of the favorites in the 110-meter high hurdles, but was hit by an opponent’s hurdle in the race and then fell when he attempted to clear his final hurdle and did not qualify for Saturday’s finals.

“Tough for Jayce in the hurdles, but those things happen,” Cusack said. “That does not diminish what he has done and what he has meant to this program.”

Blue Springs South’s Ben Harvel earned the only area berth in the Class 4 boys finals by taking second in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 38.36 seconds. He also helped the 800 relay to a 10th-place finish and the 1,600 relay to a 12th-place showing.

Truman’s Justin Brown finished 15th in the 1,600-meter final in 4:27.18. The Patriots’ Jordan Perkins was 13th (15.72) in the 110 hurdles, and Jared Barron was 13th in the 300 hurdles (41.46).

CLASS 3 BOYS: A pair of Grain Valley Eagles earned all-state honors. Tyree Meadows captured seventh place in the 1,600 (4:24.85), while Riley Williams finished eighth in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 0.75 inches.

Meadows, who will run the 3,200 Saturday, also qualified for the finals in the 800 by taking fifth in 1:58.55.

Oak Grove’s Tyler Banks qualified for two finals, taking third in the 800 (1:58.12) and fourth in the 400 (49.90). He is the defending state champion in the 800. The senior also helped the Panthers’ 1,600 relay team take eighth to advance to Saturday’s finals.

Grain Valley’s Zach Hoover also moved on to the finals with a sixth-place showing in the 110 hurdles in 15.45.

CLASS 4 GIRLS: Megan Wright can call herself all-state in two sports now.
After taking 15th place in the 50-yard freestyle in state swimming to earn honorable mention all-state honors, the Blue Springs junior captured second place in the pole vault.

Wright topped her previous season best of 11 feet by 3 inches to finish behind only Lee’s Summit West’s Brittany Kallenberger, who cleared 12 feet. Wright tied Shelby Markum of Fort Zumwalt North, but Wright cleared 11-3 before her.

Lee’s Summit North freshman Abbey Stanley also earned all-state by taking fourth at 10-9.

North senior Madison Smith, though, stole the show. She qualified as the No. 1 seed in both the 100-meter high hurdles and 300 low hurdles. Her 300 preliminary time of 43.83 seconds was just 1 second exactly off the state record set by Makeatha Cooper of Grandview in 2003. In the 100, she edged out junior teammate Remy Abrought for the top spot as both won their respective heat races. Smith’s 14.45 in the first heat topped Abrought’s 14.47 by just two one-hundreths of a second.

Smith and Abrought teamed with Courtney Lewis and Kelsey Lewis to take the No. 3 seed in the 400 relay. Their qualifying time of 48.77 was nearly a second faster than their seed time of 49.62. Smith also helped the 1,600 relay team qualify for the finals, combining with Carson Severson, Brielle Magee and Shantaja Heath for a seventh-place showing in 3:58.05.

North’s 3,200 relay of Mollie Williams, Taylor Hynes, Tessa Riley and Severson earned all-state honors with a fifth-place showing in 9:29.95. Blue Springs also was all-state as Stephanie Burasco, Shannon Danaher, Elizabeth Reynolds and Lizzy Wendell took eighth in 9:31.92.

Fort Osage freshman Asia Cole earned all-state in her first chance in the discus, taking seventh with a toss of 123 feet, 8 inches. Blue Springs’ Monet Jackson and Tyra Bickham were 11th (114-6) and 12th (107-11), respectively.

Truman’s Sara Ruckman, despite a personal-best time of 2:18.42, came up just short of qualifying in the 800 with a 10th-place finish. Severson was 11th in 2:18.52.

William Chrisman’s Nieka Wheeler was 14th in the 100 preliminaries (12.65), while Truman’s Alisha Meyer was 15th in the 400 (1:00.37).

CLASS 3 GIRLS: Grain Valley freshman Chelsea Gabriel did not advance to Saturday’s finals but made a good showing in her first state appearance.

She finished 13th with a time of 16.71 seconds in the 100 high hurdles preliminaries.