June 8, 2019
The LSWHS girl’s track and field team had another successful trip over the weekend winning our 4th straight state championship in a row which ties the Missouri big class state record. This marks the 6th state title in our programs history and is the 11th time in our 15 year school history our girls have finished in the top 4 at the state meet and been on the podium to receive a state trophy.
The girls themselves performed amazingly given the shortened schedule and the meet format changing to allow very little time for recovery due to weather related issues. Our girls won the meet scoring a total of 86 points and were 23 points ahead of 2nd place Pattonville HS from St. Louis. There were a total of 41 teams that scored points at the state meet this weekend. We had a total of 12 girls that were named All-State on Saturday a total of 22 times which is not touched by any other program at the meet. Just to qualify for the meet is extremely difficult and I will list our entire set of results.
Coaches Quote-“I am extremely pleased with our girls and how they handled the modified schedule. Our meet was originally a 2 day meet that got condensed down to under 6 hours due the tornadoes that hit Jefferson City and moved to Battle High School in Columbia. Not everything went as planned but every single girl on the team kept plugging away and taking care of business throughout the meet. The experience of the girls on our team and leadership from our older girls really helped lead the way for our entire squad. We had a state championship performances in 4 events as well. Our girls 4×800 relay started the meet off winning by over 10 seconds. Audrey Parson, Ginger Murnieks, Hailey Hardin and Madison Hulsey set the tone on the track for what was expected the rest of the day. Maddie Harris at the exact same time was having to juggle both the Javelin and Shot Put which is next to impossible. She ended up setting a school record in the Javelin and throwing her 2nd best throw of the season in the Shot Put to put 16 points on the board placing 2nd in both events. On the track Audrey Parson and Ginger Murnieks recorded their 2nd state championships of the meet this time in their individual events. Audrey won the 800 in 2:13.19 with a huge kick down the final 100 meters while Ginger became the first 3200 state champion in school history setting a blistering pace from the beginning and dropping the field by 800 meters into the race. Our final state champion was Jessica Haney in the High Jump. Jessica goes down in state history as one of the best winning her 4th consecutive High Jump which means she won all four years of her high school career which rarely happens. I just want our community to know how proud I am of the girls and how well they represented Lees Summit West HS and the city of Lee’s Summit this weekend with class.”-Jesse Griffin