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Class 2 Girls
Busiwa Asinga (Principia) and Lenetta Lee (Summit Christian) will square off yet again at State, but this year in Class 2. Lee won both the Class 3 100 & 200 State Championships last year while Asinga placed second and third. This year Asinga enters with the fastest time in both events with a 12.20 and a 25.35, while Lee sits at 12.24 and 25.35. Asinga also comes in as the favorite in the 300H with a time of 44.10, over two seconds faster than second place.
In the 400m Madison O'neill-Herron (North Platte) will be the heavy favorite to win with a season best of 59.79, while Kamya Battles (Caruthersville) and Lainy Williams (Cole Camp) look to play the spolier as they both have ran 60.56.
Mikenna Peters (West Platte) is the favorite in the 100H with a 15.96, and she'll look to hold off Jenna Shipley (Adrian), Hannah Ballard (Lathrop), and Taya Allen (Jefferson R-VII) who have all ran 16.1 or lower. Defending State Champion Anna Heacock (Jefferson R-VII) is also in the field and it would be foolish to count her out.
Alex Sharp (Brookfield) will be looking to pull of the distance treble this weekend, but its going to take a lot to accomplish that feat. She's ranked second in the 800m behind defending State Champion Lainy Williams (Cole Camp) who has ran 2:23 to Sharp's 2:25. Sharp is ranked first in the 1600 with a time of 5:25, with Alexis Workman (Summit Prep) right behind her at 5:26, and defending State Champion Allie Gibbs (Steelville) right behind her at 5:29. In the 3200 Sharp is ranked first with an 11:52, just ahead of Lauren Mccoy (Summit Christian) at 11:57, and defending State Champion Allie Gibbs (Steelville) at 12:08.
Lenetta Lee (Summit Christian) is in a league of her own in the Long Jump for Class 2. She comes into the weekend with a season best of 18-9, which is over a foot and a half better than second place.
High Jump is really anyone's game. Keara Johnson (Caruthersville) enters with best jump this year at 5-4, but there are six other girls entered who have jumped 5-2 or better. This even very well could come down to misses.
Emma Klein (East Buchanan) will be the favorite heading into the weekend in the triple jump with a season best of 36-10. Keara Johnson, and Mackenzie Brown (Carrollton) will look to pull of the upset and they both have jumped 35-5 this season.
Pole Vault could really go a number of different ways as well. Autumn Garrett (Skyline) and Paige Cummings (New Covenant) have both cleared 11-0, but have not been able to clear 10-0 since. Meanwhile Summer Beaty (South Harrison) has been over 10-0 several times recently, inlcuing a season best of 10-9 at Sectionals.
McKinlee Morris (Crossroads College Prep), Sydney Stephens (Plattsburg), and Cadence Pauley (Milan) will square off the State titles in both Shot Put and Discus this weekend. Morris ahs thrown 128-7 and 41-0.5 and will be the favorite for both, followed by Stephens at 122-11 and 38-10.25, and Pauley at 122-5 and 37-10.
Mckenzie West (Monroe City) comes in with the highest mark in javelin with a throw of 133-9, and she'll look to hold off Kelsie Lewis (Plattsburg) and Katheryn Ewing (Brookfield) who have thrown 130-10 and 127-4 respectively.
For Team Scores its going to be very tight. Caruthersville has the edge in the virtual meet with 54.5 points, followed by West Platte at 52, Lathrop at 51, and Summit Christian at 46. North Platte is also in contention for the 4th place trophy at 42 points.