No salads, no appetizers, no desserts.
Nothing beyond the main course.
What the Maryville boys are bringing to this weekend's Class 3-4 State Track & Field Championships at Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City is strictly meat and potatoes.
The four senior boys that have annihilated the competition around this area all season long and scored the bulk of the team's points at every meet are the same four the Hounds are about to unleash on the rest of Class 3.
And there are some exciting possibilities involved.
"It would've been nice to bring more people, but we're really excited about the four boys we're taking," said Maryville head track and field coach Lori Klaus. "With the caliber of boys, we know they can compete well and bring home a trophy."
Oftentimes, it takes more than four athletes at state to compete for a Class 3 trophy, given out to the top four teams.
But in this case, four might just be enough.
Caleb Mather, Peyton Mizera, Derek Stiens and Treyton Burch are that elite in their respective events.
Between them, they are projected to score 42 points, earn six medals and win two state titles. Mather and Mizera alone could score up to 40 in their two events.
Last year, Platte County finished second in Class 3 with 44 points. The fourth place team, Jennings, scored 36.
That means if the Hounds merely live to their seedings, they should be in the running for the school's first boys track trophy in school history.
Only the girls, who finished fourth in 2009 and 2010, have ever won one.
"That would be awesome if four kids could bring home a trophy," said Klaus. "Right now, we're just focusing on competing and doing our best. If we come home with that, it's just a bonus. It would be awesome."
Maryville has a chance to start fast, like it did at sectionals, with Mather and Mizera—both state title contenders—and Burch competing in the first set of field events at 11 a.m. Friday.
Mather's first of two events is the shot put.
He won it last year with a throw of 55-9 and is seeking to become the first back-to-back state champion at MHS since Jordan Stiens in 2010.
Mather's best put of 59-6.5 as a senior is the longest in the entire state, all classes.
He has routinely thrown above 57 feet this year, but only went 55-6 at sectionals and was beaten by Chillicothe's Alec Whiteside.
The 1-2 finishers in the shot last year are the top two seeds in this year's event, with Whiteside first and Mather second.
Page 2 of 3 - They are also the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the discus which takes place Saturday at 2 p.m.
Much improved in the discus this year, Mather earned the No. 1 seed with a career-best throw of 173-6 at sectionals. Whiteside is second with a throw of 167-7.
This is Mather's third time competing in the discus at state, but never before has he medaled. Last year, he finished ninth.
"I'm excited to see Caleb throw again," said Klaus. "I think he'll throw a lot further at state (in the shot). I'm hoping he'll do just as well in the discus as he did at sectionals and throw his PR if not better in the shot."
Both of Mizera's events—the long jump and triple jump—start at 11 a.m. He does the long jump Friday and the triple on Saturday.
A three-time state qualifier and a one-time medalist, Mizera is the top seed in the triple and the No. 2 seed in the long, winning both at sectionals.
He PR'd in the triple with a distance of 46-1.5 on his last attempt after three straight scratches and went 21-9 in the long—two inches off his personal best.
Mizera is only the triple jumper that went past 46 feet at sectionals. University City's John Smith is the No. 2 seed with a distance of 45-4.25 and Liberty North's Nick Roofener is seeded third at 45-2.
The only long jumper seeded above Mizera is Mt. Vernon senior Shane Williams with a leap of 22-6. All of the top eight seeds went at least 21 feet at sectionals.
"Peyton is just a competitor," said Klaus. "He gets focused and gets the job done. I think he'll go out and really jump his best in the long. He doesn't like to lose. It really shows whenever he competes."
Burch is also competing the long jump and is seeded ninth—the lowest of his three events.
He needs to finish in the top eight to medal and give Maryville at least a point.
Burch's top jump of 20-10.75 at sectionals is three full inches behind No. 8 seed Landon Bartel of Southern Boone.
In the 110M hurdles, Burch is seeded seventh with a time of 15.23. He's the No. 6 seed in the 300M hurdles with a time of 40.23.
Burch runs in the 100 prelims Friday around 12:55 p.m. and the 300M prelims around 4:15 p.m.
A top eight finish in both is needed to advance to Saturday's finals. This is Burch's first time competing in any of the three events at state.
"I think he's got more in him in the long jump," said Klaus. "In the hurdle races, he's just got to run a good prelim just to make sure he makes it to the finals. I definitely think he can make it in both and be top five or six."
Page 3 of 3 - Stiens has to wait until 2 p.m. on Saturday to compete in his lone event—the pole vault.
He finished fifth last year and sixth as a sophomore, but is only seeded 14th this year with a height of 12-9.
Stiens' PR is 14-0, and had he done that at sectionals, he would be the No. 5 seed.
"We want to get him back to 14 if not higher," said Klaus. "It's kind of nice for him just to have one event to focus on. Practice went really well yesterday. He's competed really well there the last two years, so hopefully we'll get him back to where he was when we were at KU. That will end well for him."