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story.lead_photo.caption Mikah Edwards of Helias runs in the 100-meter dash Friday in the Class 4 state track and field championships at Adkins Stadium. Edwards placed seventh in the race for one of her four all-state medals. Photo by Liv Paggiarino / News Tribune.

Mikah Edwards already had a pretty good day, winning three medals in her first three events.

Then the Helias sophomore had to wait to see if she was going to 4-for-4 in the Class 4 state track and field championships Friday at Adkins Stadium.

"It was really nerve-wracking," Edwards said. "I was so scared, I had already placed in my first three events and I really wanted to do it in four."

Edwards ran in the first of two heats of eight runners each in the 200-meter dash, winning it with a time of 25.86 seconds. But the second heat had a group of runners with the best qualifying times, and with the top eight of the 16 qualifiers earning medals, it was no sure thing Edwards was going to finish with a fourth medal around her neck.

So there was nothing to do but wait for the stadium's video board to post the top eight finishers at the end of the second heat. The first six spots went to runners in the second heat, with a seventh runner in that heat listed as finishing eighth.

That left one spot. Edwards' name was posted as finishing seventh and she was able to wrap up her perfect day.

"To come out here and to compete like she did as a sophomore, you couldn't be happier for her," Helias coach Phil Pitts said.

Edwards had her top finish Friday in the 400-meter dash, taking third with a time of 59.10 seconds. She said it's her favorite event.

"I don't know why it is, there's just something about it," Edwards said. "I'm not a great get-out-and-sprint runner, I'm more of a runner who can hold their speed the entire race.

"I have a love-hate relationship with it, definitely."

Edwards claimed her first medal Friday in the 100-meter dash, taking seventh in 12.42.

"It's a get out and go as fast as you can, just do the best as I can," she said.

Her favorite medal may have been the 4x200-meter relay, where the Lady Crusaders finished fifth in 1:47.87.

Edwards ran the anchor leg on the relay team that included Schyler Phillips, Isabelle Struemph and Sammi Ehmke.

"I love all the girls, we have a great team," Edwards said. "We're really young — a freshman, two sophomores and a junior — and I'm really pumped about what we did. We cut down our times an extreme amount throughout the season. I'm really looking forward to seeing what we can do as a group in the future."


The Lady Crusaders had a goal of finishing in the top 15 in the team standings. They just missed, finishing 16th with 19 team points, one point behind Farmington.

Tauny Gore scored the other points for the Lady Crusaders, taking fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 35 feet, 6.75 inches.

"She beat a couple of girls today who had beaten her this season and it was great to see her do well at state," Pitts said.

The Lady Crusaders' other event at state was the 4x800-meter relay. The team of Natalie Schlup, Alexa Lamb, Riley Jaegers and Ava Morrisey was 11th in 10:28.13.

"Every person we brought here out-performed their seed and almost every event, we got a personal record," Pitts said. "We had a really good day, it was a good finish to the season."

Trinity Catholic won the Class 4 girls team title with 59 points. Parkway Central was second with 54, one better than St. Teresa's Academy. Platte County was fourth with 39.5.

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