Meet Recap: Class 4 Girls Track and Field Championships

Zaya Akins broke the oldest girls individual state meet record still standing during the MSHSAA Class 4 Track and Field Championships.

The junior from Raytown South won the 400-meter dash in 53.41-seconds which set the Class 4 and overall state meet record and repeated as the Class 4 state champion.

Raytown South junior Zaya Akins set the overall State Meet Record in the 400 in 53.41

The previous Class 4 mark was set back in 2011 by Montenea Roye of Ladue Horton Watkins in 53.84.

The overall state record belonged to Alishea Usery of McCluer South-Berkeley in 53.55, set in 2007. The oldest overall state record for girls now belongs to the Usery and her McCluer South-Berkeley 4x400 teammates, which set the Class 3 and overall state record of 3:45.78, also in 2007.

Earlier this season Akins had the fastest time in the nation in the 400 with a 53.06, set at the Gary Parker Invitational at Blue Springs.

Akins also won the 100-meter dash for the second year in a row, running 11.32, which would've been a state and meet record had it not been for a wind of +2.5m/s.

Akins took the 100-meter title and now has 5 individual state titles on her resume.

The chase for a second straight state meet sprint sweep in the 100, 200 and 400-meter events ended on Friday when Akins pulled out of the prelims midway through the race.

Read more about the Class 4 girls state rack recap on the next page