Ashton Nibert never really thought about writing a Hollywood script.

Ashton Nibert never really thought about writing a Hollywood script.
But if the St. Mary’s High School senior sat down to attempt one, it wouldn’t be as amazing as the track season she just experienced.
“If I could have written a story, it wouldn’t have been as good as the year I just had,” said Nibert, who finished the season undefeated in the 400 meters and capped a brilliant Trojan career by breaking her own school record in the event and winning the Class 2 state championship with a time of 57.97 seconds.
“She had a remarkable year,” veteran Trojans track coach Tom Bates said after Nibert ran away from the pack at the Missouri State High School Track and Field Championships at Lincoln University’s Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City last weekend.
“She started the season strong and finished even stronger. You have to be a very consistent and outstanding runner to go an entire season undefeated.”
Nibert wasn’t the only Trojan to have success at state. Matias Bichara won a medal for taking eighth in the pole vault by clearing 12 feet on Saturday.
In the girls pole vault, Laura Stark cleared a personal-best 9 feet to finish ninth, missing a tie for seventh place and a medal by just one miss.
But Nibert stole the spotlight this weekend and all season long.
Bates chuckles when he recalls a preseason conversation with Nibert.
“Before the season even started, we were walking by the school record board and she said, ‘That 400 record is going to be mine.’ And she went out and got it. In fact, she broke the school record at the Independence City Championship, then broke it again at state.
“She was on a mission this season.”
Mission complete.
The medal is the sixth at state for Nibert. She claimed three her sophomore year – sixth place in the 800 relay, eighth in the 400 and she was part of the state championship 1,600 relay team.
Her junior year, Nibert was fifth in the 400 and part of the second place 1,600 relay team that set a school record time of 4:04.27.
“It’s just been an unbelievable season,” Nibert said after visiting the University of Missouri, where she was offered walk-on status as a freshman. “And state was amazing. You know how you can experience every emotion known to mankind? Excitement. Anxiety. Happiness. Pressure.
“That’s how state was for me. I never thought I would go into state my senior year with the low time. And I never thought about being undefeated throughout the entire season.
“I did tell Coach Bates I was going to get the school record in the 400, but I could never imagine telling anyone I was going to go undefeated an entire season.”
She said the pressure never seemed to build, despite the questions surrounding her perfect streak.
“Coach and my stepdad would ask me about being undefeated, but I tried to never think about it,” she said, “because I didn’t want to put any additional pressure on myself.
“Going undefeated was great, but all I really cared about was getting that school record and winning state. Everything else was just a bonus – a very big bonus.”