Records broken, champs repeat at state track

It was a day of record-breaking performances. Seven state meet records were broken Saturday at the Class 3-4 Missouri State High School Activities Association State Track Meet at Dwight T. Reed Stadium.

It was most evident with the Class 3 boys.

Grandview’s Dapo Akinmoladun broke the state record in the 110-meter hurdles. Grandview’s Jaron Alexander broke the state record in the 100-meter dash.

Platte County’s Naron Rollins broke the state record in the 200-meter dash. Cardinal Ritter’s Charles Jones Jr. broke the state record in the 800-meter run.

Grandview repeated as Class 3 champions with a team score of 64 points, beating out second-place Platte County by 20 points. Hannibal came in third with 42 points and Festus claimed the last team trophy with 33 points.

The trend continued with the Class 4 girls.

Hazelwood East’s Tianna Valentine broke state records in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

Brittany Kallenberger of Lee’s Summit West broke the state record in the pole vault and repeated as state champion with a vault of 12-10.

Francis Howell won the team title with 48 points, Lee’s Summit West came in second with 47 points, Kirkwood was third with 41 points and Nerinx Hall took fourth with 40 points.

While no records were broken for the Class 4 boys or Class 3 girls, there were several repeat champions.

For the Class 4 boys, Ladue Horton Watkins’ Jehu Chesson II repeated as champion in the 300-meter hurdles.

Hazelwood Central won its third straight team title with 38 points, edging out Blue Springs (34), McCluer (34) and McCluer North (32).

For the Class 3 girls, Hali Ford of Affton repeated as champion in the triple jump, and Arcadia Valley’s Saga Barzowski repeated as champion in the 800-meter run.

University City won the team title with 66 points, Affton was second with 53.5, Sullivan took third with 36 and MICDS captured fourth with 30 points.

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