Tyra Bickham ended her prep track and field career with a million-dollar smile and two gold medals hanging around her neck.

Tyra Bickham ended her prep track and field career with a million-dollar smile and two gold medals hanging around her neck.

The Blue Springs High School senior won the shot put and discus to lead the Missouri squad in the third-annual Mo-Kan All-Star Track and Field Championship Wednesday night at Fort Osage High School.

Bickham was still riding the high she experienced when her Wildcats finished second at state – the highest Wildcat finish in the history of the girls track program. She finished second in the discus and fourth in the shot put at state.

“It's nice to finish with two first places,” said Bickham, who threw the shot 41 feet, 8 inches and the discus 126-10 Wednesday night. “I was thrilled our team took second at state but I thought I could have done better, so this is a nice way to end my high school career.”

Blue Springs throwing coach Dave Pollard and assistant track coach Bridget Kleine were on hand to watch Bickham bring home the gold.

“Tyra is a real pleasure to coach,” Pollard said. “I've been her throwing coach all four years and she has really made strides. She is such a great kid, who has the talent, willingness to work and the dedication to really be a special thrower at the next level.

“She's second in school history in the discus and third in the shot.”

And she was a member of the girls basketball team that advanced to the final four the past four years.

“It's all gone by so fast,” Bickham said. “I can't believe this is my final high school event. I was really excited about coming out here and competing against the girls from Kansas.”

Kleine was one of Bickham's biggest supporters this season.

“Tyra is special athlete,” Kleine said. “She is such a good basketball player, and I can't imagine how far she can go in college when she's just concentrating on one sport.”

Bickham was offered a substantial scholarship over the weekend by Northern Illinois, and she said she and her family will make a trip to the school within the next few weeks.

“I can't wait to go visit,” Bickham said. “It's exciting to think about college now that high school is over. But it's so funny – I woke up this morning and had to think, 'Do I go to school today?' I'm going to miss high school, but I'm really excited about college.”

Mo-Kan meet director Chris Earley, the boys and girls cross country coach at Fort Osage High School and the eighth grade assistant track coach, was a bit disappointed in the turnout Wednesday night.

“I was hoping for more fans and more athletes,” Earley said, referring to some events that featured just one competitor. “We have to do a better job of publicizing the event. I know when the high school season is over and the kids are back from state it's hard for them to come to an event like this, but I think everyone who attended had fun.”

Especially the younger members of the Eastern Jackson County Track Club.

“I like to run fast, and I ran fast today,” said Randall Elementary fifth grader Colin Bernal. “I like to run, to get my energy out.”

So does his friend and fellow fifth grader, Chris Krug.

“I go crazy at home if I'm not running,” Krug said. “I love to come and run. I have a lot of energy and I use it when I run.”

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