This past Friday and Saturday was the Class 3, 4, and 5 State Track and Field Meet at Jefferson City. It was an unbelievable weekend for the girls track team. The girls finished 5th overall as a team in class 4 with 24 points which was 1 place away from having brought home a state plaque. However, the more important thing to note is that we took 11 athletes to the state meet and all 11 girls garnered all state honors (in order to get an all state medal, an athlete must place in the top 8 of their event). Here is the following list of girls that were all state in Class 4:
Emma Couch (Sophomore)- 100m hurdles- 2nd place (14.89 seconds- .04 seconds from the school record) Callie Schwarzenbach (Sophomore)- Triple Jump- 4th place (36ft, 11.75 inches- new school record) Taylor Frizzell (Freshman)- 200m dash- 6th place (25.87 seconds- new school record) Anne Wood (Senior)-3200m run- 8th place (11:37.58- personal best for this year) Grace Burkemper (Sophomore)- Javelin- 6th place (111 ft, 11 inches- new school record) 4x100m relay of Micah Allen (Junior), Kaylea Shadid (Junior), Addison Hampton (Freshman), Taylor Frizzell (Freshman), and alternate Kassidy Pfeiffer (Freshman)- 6th place (49.87 seconds- new school record which they ran in the prelims) 4x400m relay of Kassidy Pfeiffer (Freshman), Sophie Oxandale (Freshman), Taylor Frizzell (Freshman), Emma Couch (Sophomore) and alternates Addison Hampton (Freshman) and Hannah Layton (Junior)- 5th place (4:04.03 which was just 0.3 seconds from a school record that this team set at sectionals)
I would also like to point out that 4 of our 6 conference schools (Raytown South, Kearney, Grandview, and Winnetonka) placed in the top 10 at state as teams and Platte County was 12th which shows exactly how tough our conference, district, and sectional are.
Words cannot express how proud I am of these young ladies and all of the hard work they put in during the season. They were always looking to get better and it clearly showed in the state results as many of them ran their seasons best when it was the most important. It is amazing that these young ladies stepped up every time I asked them too and many times it was on the biggest stage. I would also like to thank the assistant coaches who are second to none. They worked with these athletes directly and consistently got them better throughout the year. Our assistants are amazing teachers and coaches and deserve so much credit. Thank you to them. I would also like to thank the Kearney administration for all the support they gave us throughout the year. It was greatly appreciated and did not go unnoticed.
Finally, I would like to thank Coach Crall for his support. Coach Crall is an amazing person and coach and it is clear how much he loves track and field and how much he cares for his athletes. It has been an honor and privilege coaching with him. I would also like to offer my congratulations to they boys track team for their performance this past weekend. I will let Coach Crall inform you all of how that went but it was amazing and well deserved.
Again, thank you to all on an unbelievable year. The future is bright for Kearney Girls Track and Field!