2024 Missouri Track and Field Preview: Class 5 Girls

With the outdoor track and field season finally upon us, let's take a look at the top athletes from each of our five classes!

Leading up to our first competitions on March 15th, MileSplit will be unrolling previews for Class 1-5 Boys and Girls. We will introduce and discuss five of the top athletes in each of the sprints (100, 200, 400, 100/110 Hurdles, and 300 Hurdles), distance (800, 1600, 3200), jumps (long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault), and throws (discus, shot put, javelin) events. We will also introduce 3-4 of the top freshmen to watch, plus 3-4 teams to watch and a dark horse team on which to keep an eye. 

With 19 days from the start of the season to the first competition day, we will be spacing out the drops to make sure each classification gets plenty of attention. Check back throughout the week to see who gets added next!

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Aniyah Brown - Cardinal Ritter

After committing to the Ohio State University this winter, Cardinal Ritter senior Aniyah Brown is looking to close out her prep career with a bang. 

Brown unfortunately had to contend with generational talent Zaya Akins' move in to Class 5 last spring, losing her crown as Class 5 State Champion in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. The 2021 and 2022 double champion is poised to regain the top spot on the podium, though, as she enters the season with an 11.41 (+3.2) personal best in the 100 and 23.37 personal best in the 200. Her 57.71 400 meters best puts her among Class 5's best, as well, and could see her go for the treble considering her team may be loaded enough to win the sprint relays even without her. 

We called Zaya Akins a generational talent, but Brown surely is, too. She has a chance at winning her 5th and 6th individual state championships this spring in the most popular events in the most competitive classification in Missouri. Watch out. 


A'Laji Bradley - Pattonville

Another Power 5 commit (University of Kentucky) with an incredible high school resume, Pattonville's A'Laji Bradley is looking to cap off her prep career with a return to the top of the podium. A victim of the Akins effect, Bradley's 400 meter dash crown was snatched from her last spring, but the long sprint specialist appears poised to regain that in 2024. 

Bradley heads into the 2024 campaign with personal bests of 11.79 (+3.2) in the 100, 23.60 (+0.7) in the 200, and 53.33 in the 400. She is the only returner with a personal best in the entire state under 55 seconds, MO No. 2 all-time in the event, and No. 3 among all returners in the nation. Can she break the 53 second barrier this year? Can she pull off the sprint treble? This winter, she is tops in the 200 and 400, and No. 2 in the 60m dash. Expect Bradley to be among the gold medal contenders no matter where in the state, or country, she goes to race.