Kansas Milesplit was out in action at the Sunflower League Championship on Friday night. We have nearly 500 pictures from the meet - check them out here!
Kansas MileSplit is extending to Middle School!
The Festival of Miles is quickly coming up (just over a month away). We give you ten reasons why you should run at the Festival of Miles.
With the Kansas Relays behind us and State being only a bit over a month away, we have begun our weekly power rankings. We include the top 20 overall teams as well as the full 1A-6A Rankings.
We highlight all the meets from the past week in Kansas.
Bishop Miege sophomore Ashanti Hutton is no stranger to running fast.
Alexa Harmon-Thomas has one more year to try to capture a Kansas Relays record for herself, but after Saturday’s long jump she’ll already have a spot in the record book.
The Kansas Relays got off to a fast start Saturday.
Olathe North junior Kai Rowden won his third high jump title of the young season Friday when he captured the Kansas Relays crown with a winning height of 6 feet, 8 inches
Mill Valley senior Emily Brigham repeated as the Kansas Relays pole vault champion Friday after clearing 12 feet, 5 ½ inches, which is a season-best mark for her
Cameron Gueldner did not look like a freshman Friday at the Kansas Relays.
The girls’ 4 x mile quickly became a two-team race Friday morning at the Kansas Relays as Lee’s Summit West and St. Thomas Aquinas pulled away from the field on the first leg.
Live updates from Lawrence Kansas.
Some minor shuffling took place within the top five of both the men’s and women’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings, one week ahead of the removal of preseason data and the potential for a much larger shake-up. (via USTFCCCA)
MoMileSplit selects the Top 10 HS Performances at the KU Relays over the past decade.
Senior triple jumper Andrea Guebelle has had an incredible college career, but find out what makes her more than a number. (via www.kuathletics.com)
MileSplit's National stats guru, David Everett gives his first impressions on some of the exciting match-ups at the 2013 KU Relays.
Kansas Relays is just days away. Check out the entires for the meet here.
Our 2013 preview concludes with a look at the top returning athletes in the field events.
The top girls sprinters/hurdlers by Class.
The last time Andrea Geubelle was at an NCAA Track and Field Championships, she thought she had won another individual title but later learned she hadn’t. (via www2.kusports.com)
Kansas MileSplit's 2013 Track and Field Preview continues with a look at the top returners in the guys sprints and hurdles.
The Big River Festival of Miles presented by Under Armour announced today that it will be adding two exciting races to this year’s schedule.
Our look at the 2013 Track and Field Season continues with the Girls Distance Races.
Kansas MileSplit begins the 2013 Track and Field Season with a look at the top boys distance returnees.
The Kansas Jayhawks women’s team has flown past the Clemson Tigers into the No. 1 position for the first time in program history in Tuesday’s latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings, while the Arkansas men remain on top for the fourth straight week. (via USTFCCCA)
This week’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Athletes of the Week range from seniors improving upon already impressive resumes to a freshman making his mark not only on the NCAA level but also the world stage, and the award’s first repeat winners. (via USTFCCCA)
Speed can be taught. I know many might believe otherwise but you are wrong. Fast people can become faster. I heard someone a long time ago say the garbage man could coach Carl Lewis. Comments like that make my blood boil. Good coaches can make people faster.
Tyler Yunk was a part of something special at Belvidere North. During his four years, the Blue Thunder won three state cross country championships and finished as the 2A runner-up in 2012. Yunk finished 29th, the second highest finisher behind Garrett Lee who recently committed to the University of Illinois. Yunk visited the Illini along with fellow midwest schools, Iowa, Indiana, and Kansas. He says he knew the Jayhawks were the right fit from the beginning.
We take a look at those who have graduated HS from Kansas have been doing the past two weeks.
Cant find just the right place for online registration? Look no further! Milesplit offers online registration. Here are ten reasons to use this feature.
Eligible to all high school students! Upload a 60 second video commentating on anything by January 31st to the Brooks PR Contest Page. Two winners will be picked by Brooks for an all-expenses paid trip to Seattle, where the student reporter will work with Flotrack and Milesplit to commentate the Brooks PR Invitational.
Blue Valley Senior Colton Donahue has been selected as the 2012 Gatorade Kansas Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. The award recognizes one athlete in each state that demonstrates athletic excellence, academic achievement, and exemplary character. Donahue was dominant on the cross-country course taking home wins at Olathe East, Mill Valley, Eastern Kansas League Meet, Regionals and State.
In today's world, making yourself stand out without appearing as if you're drawing undue attention to yourself is an important skill to have. That's probably no less true with trying to find a college track and field scholarship offer than it is anywhere else. So, how do you pull it off?
A number of collegiate athletes have competed already in 2013. We bring you performances from all those Kansas HS athletes competing in college.
K-State high jumper Erik Kynard traveled to Topeka on Wednesday to be recognized and honored by the Kansas Board of Regents for his outstanding 2011-12 season which culminated with an NCAA championship and an Olympic silver medal. (via kstatesports.cstv.com)
Alli Cash was sensational in her senior season at Shawnee Mission West. Cash dominated all year long, dipping below 14 minutes three times, including a 13:59 at Rim Rock to set the course record. She capped off her high school cross-country career winning the 6A Girls State Championships by over a minute as well as placing 6th at the NXN Heartland Regional Meet. Combine her domination on the cross-country course with a 4.57 weighted GPA and a plethora of community service and Alli Cash was an easy choice to repeat for the prestigious Gatorade Kansas Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.
This past fall was a good one for Bishop Carroll senior, Kaelyn Balch. She won her league meet, her regional meet, the 5A state meet and followed those accomplishments up by a strong showing at the NXN Heartland Regional where she crossed the line in 14th with a 5K time of 18:40.27. The winter was just as good to Balch as she committed to be a Missouri Tiger starting next fall.
In this final installment of the series, I try to touch on some issues that have been brought to my attention during the process of writing these articles. Rather than try to rewrite this information into the original articles, I've included it in a "loose ends" kind of article here at the end.
Despite the weather, several Kansas track & field athletes traveled and fared well at indoor meets across the midwest.
Kansas is well represented in the USTFCCCA Pre-Season Poll. Currently, the Kansas State Men are ranked 22nd with the KU Jayhawk Women ranked second in the nation.
The choices you make between now and August will have a great deal to do with how successfully you start out as a college athlete. Here are several things you want to give some attention to.
Most prospective student-athletes who go on a visit don't come with nearly enough questions to ask. Here are some questions you may want to think about asking.
Don't feel badly about trying to "size up" the coaches during the recruiting process; they're doing the same with you.
For four years Olathe East standout Brenna McDannold has come across the line at the state cross country meet finishing in the top ten. McDannold, who began running in fourth grade with an AAU team, capped off her cross country career with a 5th place finish, clocking in at 15:13, leading the Olathe East Hawks to a state title.
The implications of signing a National Letter of Intent are often not well understood, but they should be. It is a legal document that is binding on both parties.
For athletes who find themselves in the recruiting process, there are few--if any--sources of more confusion than the rules surrounding visits and coach contacts. I admit that I sometimes have trouble sorting it all out myself.
My grandfather's answer to the question posed in the title of this article would be to expect none and be delighted in what you end up with. There's a good deal of wisdom wrapped up in that answer, but it probably doesn't reflect a realistic assessment of why you took a second glance at this article.
Over the years, we've seen a great deal written by college coaches, high school coaches, and "experts" about the best way to be recruited into a collegiate track and field and/ or cross country program. The truth is, there is no perfect way to do it, every athlete and coach will have a different set of expectations they are looking for, and even if a kid does everything right, he or she still simply has to be good enough to make it happen. I've compiled 10 pieces of advice, taken from conversations with various local and national college coaches from all levels and divisions. I'm no expert, and athletes can take my advice or leave it, but these are straight from the horses' mouths, so feel free to heed the call, and good luck!
It's often more difficult than you'd expect to get noticed by the college programs you want to take note. A little understanding of the process goes a long way.
If you dream of competing in college as a scholarship athlete, your dreams begin at the NCAA (or NAIA) Initial Eligibility Center. Free content.
Not many in Lawrence can reflect on watching TV at the age of 6 sitting beside a 12-year-old “geek, had the glasses, kind of just like a noodle” by the name of Greg Oden. (via www2.kusports.com)
As cross country has ended and runners are preparing for track season, this time is filled with athletes making their choices of where to continue their careers as they chose where to attend college. Send us your college commitments so we can include them in our College Commitments section.
Open for a prediction of the Nike Cross Regionals - Heartland (11/11) qualifiers to Nike Cross Nationals
Check out the database's projection of the state meet starting with 1A!
Check out our coverage of the Regional Meets!
For the first time this, we have co-runners of the week.
Want to see where you are ranked in your region? Or where you are ranked in your conferene for your grade? Or what Regionals would look like if everyone ran a PR or their average time from the season? Learn more here!
Check out the past week of action of League Meets!
This past weekend, Alexa Van Lerberg of St. James Academy collected her fourth win of the season winning the Lake Lenexa Invitational in a time of 16:53.
Check out the past week of action from October 1-6!
Today was a big day for Kansas MileSplit! We cracked 100 likes on Facebook and also surpassed prior years for number of results in the database!
Here is our second edition of our Power Rankings.These are intended for fun and extra motivation as the season rolls along. Think someone should be ranked? Either comment or send an email to DEverett@Milesplit.Com
After running 14:50 to clinch the victory at the Seaman Invitational, Olathe East Senior, Brenna McDannold has been selected as this weeks runner of the week.
We are kicking off another new series. We will feature some of the top athletes in Kansas as they blog about their experiences from week to week. We start with the Baker twins, a pair of seniors from Lansing High School who have started their season with some great races.
Check out a quick review of all the action from this past week
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Our first ever team Power Rankings! Check them out to see whos ranked where.
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Last year Grace Morgan finished 67th at Rim Rock, crossing the line in 16:44. This year was a bit different with Morgan 13th in a time of 15:20.40. For her incredible improvement on last season, we have selected her for the runner of the week for Week 4.
Get used the name, our Week 4 Runner of the Week is just a sophomore!
Check out all the highlights from this past week of action!
Morgan Wedekind is no stranger to Rim Rock Farm. The Valley Center senior defended her Crimson Division title of the Rim Rock Farm Classic Saturday in a season-best time of 15:04. Her familiarity with the course paid dividends as she overtook Lexington’s Vanessa Ambriz and Lansing twins Nashia and Malika Baker in the second half of the race.
Blue Valley senior Colton Donahue kept pace with the race leaders throughout the race and finished as the top Kansas runner at Saturday’s Rim Rock Classic. Donahue outkicked a couple contenders in the final 400 meters and captured fourth in a new PR time of 15:30, which is a vast improvement over the 16:10 he posted last week.
Marquette junior Noah Kauppila knew he would be tested Saturday at Kansas’ Rim Rock Classic. He probably didn’t think that challenge would come from his own team. Kauppila has been considered one of the top Class 4 state contenders and tops the state’s rankings after winning at Forest Park to start the season.
Blue Springs muscled its way to the front of the pack Saturday at Kansas’ Rim Rock Farm Classic. Blue Springs lived up to its No. 1 ranking in Missouri with a strong 155-point first-place finish. The Wildcats had the expected 1-2 scoring punch of Simon Belete and Steven Mugeche in third and fifth, respectively.
Alli Cash knows Rim Rock Farm. The Shawnee Mission West senior has covered the 4k course nearly a dozen times, but Saturday she did something unprecedented – Cash dipped under 14 minutes and set a new course record at 13:59.22.
Check back for updates throughout the weekend!
After a very impressive two first meets of the season with Alli Cash winning by a wide margin each time, this race will provide some more competition for the US #19 runner. The biggest names to stand out are Colorado's Heather Bates and Hickman's (MO) Nicole Mello.
The Varsity Boys Gold Race will be a hot race out front. It will feature KS #1, 3, 4, 10, 13, 14, and 15 as well as MO #1, 2, 5, 6, and 11. From Kansas it will be top ranked Angel Vasquez, Gage Garcia, and Sam Guinn hoping to make their mark in the stacked race. Vasquez has been off to a hot start after a great junior year where he won the State Titles in the 1600 and 3200 on the track as well as the state Cross Title in the fall.
We used our database to make virtual meets of both male and female crimson and gold races. For space reasons we have limited it to the top 150 individuals but the link will provide a full report. For the girls, because of Missouri running 5K on the girls side, we have made two separate virtual meets based off of 4K and 5K. Enjoy and best of luck to all competitors.
DeSoto senior Angel Vasques is this week's runner of the week after a state-leading 15:34 at the Bonner Springs Invitational.
This past Thursday Valley Center's Morgan Wedekind ran to victory at the Buhler Invitational running a time of 15:18. She beat the field by thirty seconds while helping her team score only 23 points. For this she was selected as the Kansas Milesplit Runner of the Week. We caught up with the Valley Center senior to talk about her meet and whats ahead for her next.
Legendary distance runner Jim Ryun stopped by MileSplit Headquarters recently. Todd Grasley had the chance to sit down with Ryun to talk about his running career from growing up in Kansas to becoming an Olympian.
We would like to introduce our newest feature, Power Rankings. We will come out with rankings every week alternating between teams and individuals. These are intended for fun and extra motivation as the season rolls along. Think someone should be ranked? Either comment or send an email to DEverett@Milesplit.Com
What seperates MileSplit from any other site is its database. Check out what all it can do and how to use it!
Check back for updates from meet action around the state!
Check out how the top teams in the coaches poll fared in the second week.
Alli Cash ran an incredible time of 13:46.70 at her first meet of the season. For this she was selected at the KS Milesplit Runner of the Week.
We take a look at those our Alum and how they did this weeks college action.