Blue Springs High School girls track and field coach Jennifer Reeder was doing her best to maintain her composure, but when she glanced into the Dwight T. Reed Stadium stands and saw her mom, she lost it.



“What a day, what a weekend,” Reeder said after her Wildcats totaled 48 points to finish in second place at the Class 4 Missouri State High School Track and Field Championships. Hazelwood Central edged the Wildcats with 49.5 points.

Blue Springs High School girls track and field coach Jennifer Reeder was doing her best to maintain her composure, but when she glanced into the Dwight T. Reed Stadium stands and saw her mom, she lost it.

“What a day, what a weekend,” Reeder said after her Wildcats totaled 48 points to finish in second place at the Class 4 Missouri State High School Track and Field Championships. Hazelwood Central edged the Wildcats with 49.5 points.

It was the highest girls finish in the history of the girls program and it came on the same day the boys finished in second place for the second year in a row – again to Hazelwood Central.

“We finished in second by one and a half points,” Reeder continued. “One and a half points! Now, first off, I am thrilled we were second. This team did so many wonderful things. But I think it would be easier to finish in second place by 20 points than one and a half, because you start thinking about all the things you could have done differently.

“But this team overcame a lot this season – the weather, things like that – and we came down here with a purpose. I just want them to know how proud I am of them.”

The Wildcats earned that second-place team trophy with just one champion – Jazmin McCoy in the long jump. And she won that crown on Friday.

“Depth is what the state meet is all about, and we had a lot of girls score a lot of points Friday and today,” Reeder said as her assistant coaches and performers came up and congratulated her. “And to share something like this with the boys and Joe (Cusack) and his staff makes it even better. It’s just an amazing day. We scored some points that we weren’t too sure of and we missed out on some that we thought we’d get – welcome to state track.”

McCoy finished with 31 points, taking second in the 100 meters (12.13) and fourth in the 200 (25.18) while teaming with Re’yven Lawrence, Jenna Jacoby and Gabby Hall to help the 800 relay finish second (1:40.70).

“I came down here and ran a lot of events to score points for my team,” McCoy said. “It’s not about my individual medals, it’s about points for the team. All we’ve talked about is bringing a trophy back to our school.”

Tyra Bickham added 12 points with a second-place showing in the discus Friday and fourth-place finish in the shot with a toss of 42 feet, 8.75 inches on Saturday.

“I wanted to win each event,” Bickham admitted, “but getting points for the team is great. I’ve dreamed about a state championship, and we came so close. It’s kind of like basketball – where we went to the final four, four years in a row and didn’t win a championship.

“It’s fun to go to the final four, but you want to win it all. You know, like our football team did this year. Maybe I should have played football!”

Lawrence, Jacoby, Hall and Jessica Lawson also earned all-state honors and valuable points with a fifth-place showing in the 400 relay (49.00).