Akins closes out her career with 8 total MSHSAA state titles


One of the greatest athletes to run in Missouri capped off a stellar career at the MSHSAA Class 5 championships.

Zaya Akins added three state titles, winning the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes for Raytown South. 

She finished her three-year career with 8 titles between Class 4 and Class 5 - the first year the Cardinals got bumped up into the state's largest classification.


The Cardinals had a total of 12 individual girls' titles before Akins' arrival in 2021 - delayed a year due to COVID-19 ending her first season before it began.

The only other athlete with more than two individual state titles for the Raytown South girls' program was Jade Nalls, who won the long jump (2008) and triple jump (2008, 2010) before going on to Texas Southern (Jade Nalls at Texas Southern).