Day 1 Recap: 4 MSHSAA State Records broken in Class 5 finals

The opening day of the MSHSAA Class 5 Track and Field Championship featured four records broken.

All four are now the standard in Class 5, but two of them are now the best times for all of MSHSAA classes.

In the 4x200-meter relay, Lee's Summit North's Devan Mathis, Logan MayfieldZach Paul and Kavan Newberry ran 1:25.50 in the prelims. That broke the previous Class 5 record set last year by Rock Bridge (1:26.15) and the overall state mark of 1:25.62 - set by Hazelwood Central in 2007.

In the girls' long jump, junior Jasmine Ross jumped 6.18 meters/20-3 1/2 to win for Blue Springs South.

That was a new meet and overall record, previously set by current USC athlete Kiara Strayhorn of Capital City in 2021.

Ross had five attempts - passed on one - and scratched on another. Of her four recorded jumps, the winning jump was on her last attempt that registered. 

Blue Springs junior Paige Stuart set the new meet record in the 800. She won the race in 2:08.11, besting the 2:08.87 set by Hannah Long of Eureka in 2015.

Columbia Hickman's Langston Thomas set the new record in the prelims of the 200. He ran 21.21 to have the fastest time of the two heats - before Saturday's final - and broke the mark set in 2016 by St. Louis University's Jayson Ashford of 21.39.

Title No. 2

Jackson Cantwell added state championship No. 2 on Friday.

The Nixa sophomore won the discus with a throw of 61.96 meters. His second-best throw of 59.94 would've been enough to win the state title. In the finals, he had fouled on all three attempts. 

Last year, Cantwell took second in the event.

On Saturday, he will try to repeat as the shot put champion.

School Record

In the last championship race on Friday, Levi Rowan broke a longstanding school record.

The senior for Kirkwood won the 3,200-meter run in 9:09.35 - including a fast 1:01.88 on the final 400. That allowed him to make a late pass to overtake Platte County's Andrew Johnson, who was second in 9:09.99.

The time for Rowan broke the Pioneers' school record, which stood for the past 56 years.

Other Day 1 champions: 

Girls Pole vault: Anna Ferguson, Columbia Battle, 3.70 meter

Girls Discus: Katy Taylor, Staley, 45.67 meters

Boys Triple jump: Joseph Anderson, Westminster Christian Academy, 15.16 meters (BELOW)

Boys Javelin: Jordan Smith, Park Hill, 55.94 meters

Boys 4x800: Rockhurst, William Hayes, Jacob Bond, Henry Acorn, Andrew Davis, 7:42.06.

Girls 1600: Natalie Barnard, Lafayette Wildwood, 4:49.40.

Girls Javelin: Addison Throckmorton, Hickman, 45.40 meters (BELOW)