Love, Schepker And Alcantara Shine At MSHSAA State Meet

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
While school was offically out last week, three Warsaw athletes had some unfinished business to attend to and even extreme weather and a change of location couldn’t stop them.
MSHSAA State Track & Field was suppose to be a two day event (May 24, 25) in Jefferson City at Jefferson City High School, but due to a Tornado that  hit the Capitol City on Wednesday May 22, the meet was postponed to May 25th and moved to an alternative site.
 Class 3 was held at the Audrey J Walton Stadium on the campus of the University of Missouri, Class 4 was held at Washington High School in St. Louis, and Class 5 was held at Battle High School in Columbia. Typically all three classes are at the same site (Atkins Stadium @ Jeff City High School).
Warsaw had three outstanding athletes advance to the State Championship meet. Junior Kya Schepker in the girl’s Triple Jump, Freshman Alyssa Alcantara in the girl’s 1600M, and Junior Parker Love in the boy’s 100M, 200M, Triple Jump, and Long Jump.
Junior Kya Schepker finished 11th in girl’s Triple Jump with her best jump being of 33 feet 8 inches. This was Schepker’s second straight trip to the state track meet. Last year, she finished nineth in girl’s Triple Jump. Schepker is the fourth Warsaw girl to qualify to the state meet in the Triple Jump. (Wendy Joltiff, Ashley Fisher, Danielle Stackhouse, Kya Schepker)
Schepker is also an outstanding pitcher on the softball team.
Freshman Alyssa Alcantara finished 15th in the girl’s 1600M Run with a time of 6:00.18 in her 1st trip to the state meet. Alcantara is the first freshman from Warsaw to qualify to the state meet since Lauren Smith in 2008, who also qualified in the 1600M Run. Alcantara is the first Warsaw girl since Ashley Kuykendall (2017, 4th place finish) to qualify to state in the 1600M.  
Alcantara also made State in Cross Country this past season.
Junior Parker Love, who had a record breaking season, accomplished a rare feat in qualifying to state in four events (100M, 200M, Triple Jump, & Long Jump). 
Love accomplished an even rarer feat at the state meet by medaling in all four events. He is the last Warsaw athlete to do so since Doug Hix in 1993 (100M - 3rd, 200M - 6th, Long Jump - 8th, 4x100 Relay - 4th). Love qualified to the 100M Finals with a 10.94, and finished seventh in the finals with an 11.11. In the 200M, he qualified to the finals with a 22.54, in the 200M Finals, he ran a 22.54 again finishing seventh.
 In the Long Jump he made the  finals with a jump of 22 feet & 1/4 inch, that proved to be his best jump on the day and earned him a fourth place finish. In the Triple Jump, Love jumped 44 feet 0 inches on his second jump, that proved to be his best on the day earning him a fifth place finish in the event. 
What made Love’s performance at state even more remarkable is that he was jumping from one event to the next with very little rest in between. He started his day at Triple Jump making the finals, at the end of triple jump finals he had to run 100M prelims, then straight to 200M prelims, then back to triple jump finals, then back to 100M finals, then straight to long jump. In the span of 30 minutes he made 100M finals, 200M finals, performed his three extra jumps in the triple jump finals, and ran the 100M finals. After about 30 minutes rest, he competed in long jump, with the best of his six jumps being a 22-0.25. The most rest Love had on the day was between the end of Long Jump and the 200M finals, about 60 minutes rest time. Normally, the state meet is spread out over two days and he would not of had more than three events in one day.
Coach Morgan  said “It is amazing what can happen when an athlete has the work ethic and determination to go with their skill set. Parker put all three together this season and had one of the best track seasons a Warsaw athlete has had in many years!”  
Love broke several school records that had stood for years. He put in the extra work over the summer and it paid off big time. 
Coach Morgan commented, “I am really proud of all the track athletes this year. It was one of our best seasons for both boys and girls probably since 2008. It’s always great to take athletes to state, this marks the most Warsaw has sent to state since 2008 as well. I’m looking forward to next season as we return all of the girls and most of the boys. We will miss our five senior boys, but now it’s time for others to step up and fill those roles.” 
P.S. Special thanks to Coach Cody Morgan for suppling the details to this story.