Park Hill's Thomas, Johnson share high-point medal at meet

LEE’S SUMMIT — Teresa Thomas and Caleia Johnson shared the ‘golden spike’ medal given to the high-point scorer at the Suburban Conference Gold Division meet on Friday, May 3.

The Park Hill standouts both two individual events and were part of a relay team, meaning each racked up 22 ½ points. Park Hill finished with 96 points and took third. Lee’s Summit North was second with 100 points while Lee’s Summit West won the title with 184 points. 

Thomas won the 100-meter dash in 12.19 seconds and took top honors in the long jump. Not long after winning the 100, she returned to the jumping pit and delivered a 17-feet, 9-inch jump to secure first and overtake Ray-Pec’s Garionna Pearl. 

The two ran with the Birminghams – Jordan and Kristen — to win the 4x100-meter relay in 48.79. 

Johnson, a sophomore, won the 400-meter run (58.44) and later in the day, the 200-meter run (25.11).

CODY THORN/Citizen photo  Park Hill’s Teresa Thomas won the Suburban Conference Gold Division long jump title on Friday, May 3 at the meet held at Lee’s Summit North High School.

CODY THORN/Citizen photo

Park Hill’s Teresa Thomas won the Suburban Conference Gold Division long jump title on Friday, May 3 at the meet held at Lee’s Summit North High School.

She had a close win in the 400, as Lee’s Summit West’s Madison Hulsey took second in 58.50.

“It feels great,” Johnson said of the win in the 400. “She (Hulsey) pushed me to get a good time. It was a good race. I was watching to see what she would do on the curve and I thought she would give up, but she didn’t, so I didn’t either.”

LaShunda Tapp won a conference title for Park Hill in the discus with a throw of 113-9, nine feet further than the runner-up. She took second in the shot put.

Kristen Birmingham was the runner-up in the high jump, getting a season-best height of 5-5. She came in second behind Jessica Haney of Lee’s Summit West, who jumped 5-7 to win.

Simone Smith was third for the Trojans in the triple jump.

Boys

Kolby Heinerikson showcased the versatility that caught the attention of Nebraska.

The future Cornhusker won the javelin with a throw of 162 feet, 5 inches, while adding third-place finishes in the 300-meter hurdles and discus.

In the javelin, Cole Goiner was second and Seth Garrison was fifth, giving the Trojans 22 of their 69 points – helping the team place fifth in the standings.

Jaylin Noel was the runner-up in the high jump, losing a tiebreaker to Lee’s Summit North’s Devon Richardson after both cleared 6-5.

Noel joined Evan Samborski, Dashaun Powell and Antonio McCullough in the 4x200-meter relay that took third. Brian Sweney was third in the pole vault.

Up Next 

The Trojans will take part in the Class 5 District 8 meet on Saturday, May 11 at Liberty North. The top four placers in each event will move onto the sectional meet the following weekend. 

Teams at Liberty North will be St. Joseph Central, Liberty, Liberty North, North Kansas City, Oak Park, Park Hill South and Staley.