Sprinter overcomes injury to help team win race

With a sore left leg, Blue Springs sprinter Ariane Jordan could run in only one race at the Lee’s Summit Tiger Classic girls track meet Saturday.
However, she made sure to make that race count.
Jordan took the handoff from Brittany Thomas in the 800-meter relay in first place and made sure she wasn’t caught, as the Wildcats broke the meet record in the event with a time of 1 minute, 43.66 seconds, breaking the old record by exactly one second.
“I didn’t want to let the team down,” Jordan said. “They gave it to me in first place, and I wanted to win.
“I always want to win.”
Bria Taylor and Indicole Jordan also took part in the relay.
The Wildcats sprint events, particularly the relays, were a big reason Blue Springs placed fifth overall with 74 points.
The 400 relay team of Taylor, Deja Boddie, Thomas and Indicole Jordan was second. Indicole Jordan reached the finals in the 200, while Taylor reached the finals in the 100.
Thomas said the sprinters are finally starting to get healthy again. And when Ariane Jordan gets back and everyone else is healthy, the Wildcats will be a force to be reckoned with in sprints.
“We’ll come out and dominate,” Thomas said. “If we’re all healthy and running to our potential, we want to break a state record.”
The Wildcats also had some help from the field events, as Monet Jackson was fourth in both the shot put and discus, while Brittany Rose took fifth in the discus.
Shannon Danaher was fifth in both the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles.
“We had a lot of our younger runners step up,” Blue Springs coach Jennifer Reeder said. “We need that at conference. We needed every level of our girls to step up, and I saw that today.
Saturday also was a record-breaking day for Blue Springs South's Sarah Wakeman.
The senior was second in the long jump, fifth in the triple jump and was part of South’s 400 relay team that finished fifth.
But her brightest moment may have been when she finished third in the 100 in a school-record time of 12.28 seconds, beating the previous record – which she set a year ago at this meet – by .01 of a second.
“I wish I could have broken it by more,” Wakeman said. “I was trying not to worry about false starts, because I false started here my sophomore year. Then a girl false-started (in preliminaries) and it freaked me out. I just wanted to run and see what happened. That girl (Cara Forte of Center) was so fast. I just wanted to finish in the top three.”
Forte broke a pair of meet records in both the 100 (11.56) and the 200 (24.62). The previous marks were held by Kansas City Central graduate Muna Lee, who ran in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.
Fort Osage finished ninth with 35 points. Kasey Kershner was the Indians' lone first-place finisher, as she won the pole vault (9 feet, 6 inches).
Kelcy Vanarsdall finished third in the 800 and fifth in the 400 for the Indians, and also helped the 800 and 1,600 relays finish in the top eight.
“It was a good running day,” Vanarsdall said. “I didn’t do what I had hoped I would in my open events. But I’m proud of my teammates in the 4x2 and 4x4. My teammates did a great job stepping up.”
Truman finished with nine points, most of which came from the shuttle hurdle relay team that finished fifth. Ayana Fueiva was sixth in the shot put.
“She had a personal record,” Truman coach Ron Kelley said of Fueiva. “Overall, this was not a really good day for us. This was a tough field. We’ll have all next week off to get ready for conference, which is our main goal.”
Van Horn brought three girls to the meet. Lulu Faamoe was 15th in the shot and 19th in the discus. Rosa Escobedo was 13th in the 1,600.
“I think they performed well,” Van Horn coach Danny Marshall said. “We’re still trading a bit with soccer. All three of them are coming off PR’s (personal records) at the last meet. They’re just getting better.”

LEE’S SUMMIT GIRLS TIGER CLASSIC
Team scores: 1. Lee’s Summit West 114; 2. Raytown South 109; 3. Lee’s Summit 100; 4. Lee’s Summit North 86.5; 5. Blue Springs 74; 6. Liberty 63; 7. Center 54; 8. Blue Springs South 49.5; 9. Fort Osage 34; 10. Oak Park 23; 11. (tie) Notre Dame de Sion, Raytown 19; 13. Hickman Mills 12; 14. Truman 9; 15. Grandview 6; 16. St. Teresa’s 1. Van Horn also competed.
Local finishers
100: 3. Sarah Wakeman, BSS, 12.28; 5. Bria Taylor, BS, 12.63; 15. Deja Boddie, BS, 13.38; 16. Sofia Likes, FO, 13.44; 18. Kaitlin Schaberg, BSS, 13.48; 19. Raven Horn, FO, 13.60; 21. Jasmine McConnico, T, 14.27.
200: 4. Kelsey Harris, RS, 26.27; 7. Indicole Jordan, BS, 26.66; 12. Amanda Cofield, BSS, 27.50; 13. (tie) Deja Boddie, BS, 19. Ajia Meyer, T, 28.41; 21. Amanda Affolter, FO, 28.60; 24. Cydni Ivey, FO, 30.41.
400: 5. Kelcy Vanarsdall, FO, 1:01.02; 10. Taylor Gregston, BSS, 1:03.65; 12. (tie) Jessica Teevan, T, 1:04.39; 17. Jimisha Pugh, BS, 1:06.51; 19. Brooke Pollard, T, 1:07.54.
800: 3. Kelcy Vanarsdall, FO, 2:26.06; 8. Elizabeth Reynolds, BS, 2:37.26; 12. Lindsay DePee, BSS, 2:44.07; 13. Gitta Winfrey, FO, 2:44.57; 15. Bridget Heacock, T, 2:46.43; 18. Cheryl Bollinger, BSS, 2:47.29; 19. Carina Kirchner, BS, 2:47.44.
1,600: 5. Julia Drury, BS, 5:58.43; 10. Hillary Patek, BSS, 6:09.15; 11. Gitta Winfrey, FO, 6:17.53; 13. Rosa Escobedo, VH, 6:33.55.
3,200: 3. Melissa Fuerst, BS, 12:11.25; 7. Lindsay Case, BSS, 12:45.77; 8. Jami Ruckman, T, 12:48.18; 10. Hali Metz, BS, 13:10.38.
100 hurdles: 5. Shannon Danaher, BS, 16:33; 12. (tie) Brooke Stetzler, BSS, Tyler Pollard, T, 17.91;  14. Amanda Affolter, FO, 18:34; 15. Kristin Riggs, BS, 18.35; 17. Heather Shawbaker, BSS, 18.69; 18. Delaney Sexton, T, 19.88.
300 hurdles: 5. Shannon Danaher, BS, 48.87; 6. Brittany Thomas, BS, 49.61; 9. Amanda Affolter, FO, 51.69; 10. Tyler Pollard, T, 52.84; 15. Haley Danforth, BSS, 53.86; 17. Amanda Cofield, BSS, 55.12; 18. Holly Monroy, FO, 57.32.
400 relay: 2. Blue Springs, 49.97; 5. BS South, 51.92; 9. Truman, 53.62; 11. Fort Osage, 55.02.
800 relay: 1. Blue Springs, 1:43.66; 7. Fort Osage, 1:51.38; 10. Truman, 1:53.59; 13. Blue Springs South, 1:56.63.
1,600 relay: 6. BS South, 4:17.65; 7. Fort Osage, 4:18.59; 8. Truman, 4:25.56; 9. Blue Springs, 4:29.62.
3,200 relay: 2. Blue Springs, 10:15.91; 7. BS South, 11:04.47.
6,400 relay: 4. BS South, 22:55.37; 6. Blue Springs, 24:22.47.
Shuttle hurdle relay: 4. BS South, 1:20.19; 5. Truman, 1:20.99.
High jump: 5. Brynn Abram, BSS, 5-0; 9. Kasey Kershner, 4-10; 10. (tie) Victoria Watts, BSS, Jessica Crowder, FO, 4-8; 13. (tie) Kayla Melsh, BS, 4-6; 16. Emily Grotenhaus, T, 4-4.
Pole vault: 1. Kasey Kershner, FO, 9-6; 3. (tie) Savanna Bird, BSS, 8-6; 6. Hannah Walters, BS, 8-6; 8. (tie) Tori Hubbard, BSS, 8-0; 12. Angel Gilbert, T, 7-6; 14. Frances Veneble, BS, 7-0.
Long jump: 2. Sarah Wakeman, BSS, 16-8.5; 10. Amanda Cofield, BSS, 15-1; 12. Kayla Melsh, BS, 14-11; 13. Chelsea Turnham, FO, 14-8.5; 18. Jasmine McConnico, T, 13-2; 20. Taylor Cowen, BS, 12-11; 21. Elaine McAlister, FO, 12-10.5.
Triple jump: 5. Sarah Wakeman, BSS, 33-6.5; 7. Kasey Kershner, FO, 33-0; 10. Kelsi O’Neill, BS, 32-1; 12. Haley Danforth, BSS, 21-7.5; 14. Jamie Martin, FO, 29-9; 15. Elizabeth Reynolds, BS, 29-2; 16. Delaney Sexton, T, 29-1.
Shot put: 3. Elaine McAlister, FO, 37-9.5; 4. Monet Jackson, BS, 35-5; 6. Ayana Fueiva, T, 34-11.5; 8. Michellei Sika, BSS, 34-5; 9. Laina Talimatasi, FO, 34-4; 11. Neta Kini, BS, 33-6; 15. Lulu Faamoe, VH, 31-2; 16. (tie) Dana Fisher, T, 31-1; 21. Jordan Baze, BSS, 30-0; 31. Katie Stroud, VH, 23-7.5.
Discus: 4. Monet Jackson, BS, 103-8; 5. Brittany Rose, BS, 102-8; 9. Michellei Sika, BSS, 96-9; 10. Laina Talimatasi, FO, 94-7; 18. Setoa Talimatasi, FO, 85-3; 19. Lulu Faamoe, VH, 76-1; 21. Jordan Baze, BSS, 71-10; 24. Katie Stroud, VH, 59-8.