Jenkins, Meyerkorths lead Rock Port to Class 1 Girls Title

Rock Port added another state championship trophy to its collection.

The Lady Blue Jays won the MSHSAA Class 1 title this year with 73 points, a 22-point margin of victory.

The Northwest Missouri school previously won titles in 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994 and 2008.

Last year, Rock Port took fourth place.

This spring, the Lady Blue Jays had a bulk of the points spread out. The relays generated 14 points. Throwing events netted 17 and the hurdles had 18.

Rock Port had two state champions in the two-day event at Licklider Track and Field at Adkins Stadium, held May 17-18 in Jefferson City.

Rock Port finished with four elite performances from the meet -- two by Rylee Jenkins and two by Ella Meyerkorth.

Ella Meyerkorth, a sophomore, won the 300-meter hurdles in 44.82, a new Class 1 meet record. Fellow northwest Missouri athletes Kelsey Crabtree of Pattonsburg and East Atchison/Tarkio's Elizabeth Schlueter followed.

The previous mark was set in 1987 of 44.94 by Stacey Fitts from Miami. Meyerkorth is the third state champion in the event for the Lady Blue Jays, joining Mandy Runkles (1993, 1994) and Abbie Hale (2018).

In the 100-meter hurdles, Schlueter won with Meyerkorth taking second and Crabtree took third.

Tarkio/East Atchison's Elizabeth Schlueter won the 100 meter hurdles.

Meyerkorth was sixth in the javelin as well.

The other state champion was Jenkins, who won a title in the discus for the third time in her career.

The senior won the event this year with a throw of 44.58 meters/146 feet, 3 inches -- and it came on her first throw. She won the title as a sophomore and junior as well. As a freshman, she was a runner-up.

Jenkins feats are impressive. Despite her school size, she currently sits 2nd on the season state discus performance list with a season's best of 46.39m/152-2. That also puts her 15th on the All-Time State Performance List. But how many athletes on those lists also were decent 400 and 800 meter runners, running legs to help their teams to 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the 4x800 and 4x400.  

Jenkins is the school's first three-time champion, passing Lynda Danley, who was another two-time champion back in 1981 and 1982.

The senior also got on the medal stand with a fifth-place showing in the javelin, throwing 38.18 meters/125-3.

Jenkins finished with four all-state medals with two trips to the podium on relays.

Rylee Jenkins is #2 on the state discus performance list, won her 3rd Class 1 title, and was All-State in the 4x4 & 4x8

She was on the 4x800-meter relay team being the third leg with Jacoby Driskell, Norah Watkins and Avery Meyerkorth also on it. The quartet ran 10:10.87 to take second. That same group with nearly the same order -- Driskell, Watkins, Meyerkorth and Jenkins -- was third in the 4x400 in the final race of the state meet.

Avery Meyerkorth, a junior, added two more medals as well.