The fastest sprinter in Missouri, Burnett won the Class 4 100- and 200-meter dashes. She set an all-class record in the 100 at the state meet when she finished in 11.58 seconds and won the 200 in 23.83 seconds. Ran on Parkway North’s state champion 800 and 1,600 relays, which helped vault the Vikings to the school’s first state team championship.
Athlete of the Year: Alicia Burnett, junior, Parkway North
Sprints: Madison Fuller, senior, John Burroughs
Swept her way to victory in the Class 3 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes to become the only area sprinter to win three state titles in individual events this season. Her times in the 100 (11.71 seconds), 200 (24.03) and 400 (55.95) rank among the top four in Missouri this spring. Signed with Vanderbilt.
Middle: Courtney Williams, junior, Nerinx Hall
Defended her Class 5 400-meter state championship in a new class record of 54.87 seconds. Earned all-state recognition with runner-up finish in the 100 (12.06) and a third-place finish in the 200 (24.74). Ranked among the top three sprinters in the state in 100 and 200 and had the fastest 400 this spring.
Distance: Lydia Roller, sophomore, Staunton
The most complete distance runner in the area finished second in the Illinois Class 2A 1,600 meters (5 minutes, 11 seconds) and was fourth in the 3,200 (11:24). Posted the area’s top mile time when she finished in 4:59 at Festival of Miles.
Hurdles: Michelle Owens, junior, McCluer North
Finished second in the Class 5 100-meter hurdles by finishing in 13.97 seconds, which was faster than the previous class record at the state meet. Had a personal best time of 13.79 at the sectional meet. Ran legs on McCluer North’s state champion 400 and 800-meter relay teams.
Vertical jumps: Eliza Maupin, freshman, Webster Groves
Cleared a personal best and school record of 5 feet, 8 inches, to win the Class 4 high jump in her first full season of organized track. That mark tied for the best outdoor jump of the season in Missouri.
Horizontal jumps: Brooke Jenkins, senior, Pattonville
Won the Class 5 long jump state championship with a leap of 18 feet, 3.5 inches. Took second in the triple jump (38-9.25). Ran legs on the Pirates’ 800 and 1,600 relays which both finished in second.
Throws: Diamond Richardson, senior, Pattonville
Earned top honors in the Class 5 discus with a throw of 138 feet and 5 inches and was third in the shot put with a put of 44-10.25. Helped Pirates to a second-place finish in Class 4 team standings.
Multiple events: Jariah Turner, senior, East St. Louis
Anchored the Illinois Class 2A state champion 800- and 1,600-meter relays and finished seventh in the 400 (1 minute, 0.37 seconds) as East St. Louis won its third team state championship.