High school graduates from Northeast Missouri have the opportunity to shine for their schools one final time as they represent their home state.

High school graduates from Northeast Missouri have the opportunity to shine for their schools one final time as they represent their home state. 

The Illinois-Missouri Senior All-Star Track and Field Meet is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday at Flinn Stadium on the campus of Quincy High School.

“Bragging rights are on the line,” said Mark Twain coach Erin Mack, who will be coaching for Missouri. “On the Illinois side, they have really strong programs. It's fun for our kids to compete against them and see what we can bring to the table.”

Illinois swept the first annual all-star meet last year by a margin of 122-81 for the boys and 109-94 for the girls. 

Mack will lead the Missouri boys this time around, while Bowling Green coach Matt Chance heads up the Missouri girls.

The Show-Me State looks for redemption and to keep Illinois from building a winning streak.

“The kids watch the news and you hear these names," Mack said. “There are some phenomenal athletes over on that Illinois side. But we also have some over here in Missouri. It's a friendly competition, but our kids want to win.” 

Ayden Nichols and Noah Whelan will represent the Hannibal Pirates at the all-star meet.

Nichols set a personal record of 4:27.66 in the 1,600 at the Class 4 sectional meet and finished 15th at the state championships.

Whelan achieved a personal best with a shot put attempt of 42 feet, 10 ½ inches to place third at the district meet before bowing out in sectionals.

Haleigh St. Clair is the lone Monroe City athlete expected to compete as a Missouri all-star.

St. Clair capped her prep career with a personal record of 117 feet, 3 inches in the javelin to finish sixth at the Class 2 championships for all-state honors.

A pair of Hannibal-LaGrange University bound athletes from Mark Twain hope to give Missouri a boost as well. 

Devin Neff will run an encore to his stellar Tiger career, which he capped with a third-place personal-record finish of 10:11.92 in the 3,200 at the Class 2 championships. Neff also ran to 10th at state in the 1,600.

Sara Spoonhower will throw for the Missouri girls after placing 10th at the Class 2 District 2 meet in the shot put, discus and javelin. 

Four Palmyra athletes are primed to finish their career in Panther orange with all-star appearances.

Grace Watson ran a personal best 27.78 in the 200 meters at the Class 3 Sectional 2 meet, where she also competed for the Lady Panthers' 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400.

Nick Mudd is a standout distance runner who was a key part of Palmyra's 4x800 boys relay that placed 10th at the Class 3 state meet. 

Braxton Long took fifth at the Class 3 District 4 meet by clearing 12 feet in the pole vault, while Zach Stice will compete Friday after running sprint races and throwing the javelin this season.