Kansas' track and field athletes continued to riddle the
state-best lists with outstanding performances, while a handful went way beyond
that by putting their names up high on the national lists.
Tops among those was Olathe North junior Dana Baker, who
surged to No. 1 on the U.S. MileSplit performance list with a throw of 159-4 to
win the javelin at the Olathe East Invitational. Baker was the state champion
in the event last year. Her win this weekend was a career-best throw and puts
her within just a few feet of the state record of 162-5 set by Maize's Keiryn
Swenson two years ago.
Manhattan freshman javelin thrower Sam Hankins got into the
act, too. He increased his state-leading mark to 185-0 to win the Lansing
Invitational, and is the No. 1 freshman in the United States right now. He's
also No. 24 overall on the U.S. Milesplit listings.
Dighton's Jordan Speer was pretty impressive at the Greeley
County Invitational. She won the shot put with a career best throw of 46-9.5,
which not only put her at the No. 1 slot in Kansas, but moved her to the No. 5
spot on the U.S. performance list. Speer also won the javelin (116-9) and
St. Thomas Aquinas' Noah Green put himself at No. 13 in the
United States with his debut in the 300 meter hurdles this week. He won that
event at the Blue Valley relays with a time of 37.45. He now holds the state's
best times in the 100 hurdles, 200 meters and 300 hurdles.
Jerrod Hoover of Washington High School soared to 6-8 to win
the high jump at the Freezin' Falcon Relays at Riley County High School. His
winning jump ties him for the best mark in Kansas and places him at No. 28 on
the U.S. performance list.
At that same meet, teammates Jae Eaton and Hunter Kier were
part of a dominating performance in the field events. Eaton won the shot put
with a throw of 53-6 (No. 5 in Kansas right now), and Kier won the discus with
a heave of 152-0 (No. 6 in Kansas).
A pair of Kansas State University recruits swept the middle
distance and distance events at the Lansing Invitational. Lansing's Victoria Robinson won her 2017 debut in the 800, clocking a career best 2:15.71 for the state's
best time in that event (it's also the 80th best mark in the U.S. so far this
season). Manhattan's Cara Melgares lowered her 1600 meter time to
5:09.51, and won the 3200 in 11:29. Robinson was also part of the Lions'
winning 4X800 and 4X400 relay teams.
Girard's Cailie Logue put up the state's best 1600 meter time for girls so far, winning the Frontenac Invitational in 4:56.93.
Shawnee Heights' Alyssa Conway won the javelin at Lansing
with a career-best throw of 136-7, the second-best mark in Kansas this year.
Shawnee Height's Michael Hoffer won the boys' long jump with a mark of 23-1.5,
and Ottawa's Brock Reed put up the No. 8 mark in Kansas with a winning throw of
52-9 in the shot put.
Maize' Konner Swenson continues to dominate in the discus
and shot put. Already the state leader in both of those events, he won the
Maize Invitational this week with throws of 168-7 in the discus, and 54-7.5 in
the shot put.
Junction City sprinter Amaya Booker also was impressive at
the Maize meet. She blazed to a winning time of 12.19 in the 100, the best time
put up in Kansas this season. On the boys' side, Wichita South's Phillip Landrum clocked 10.69 for a statement win in the 100.
Also at Maize, Astrid Same of Wichita East won the shot put
in 43-3.5; Dejanae Arnold of Wichita Northwest took the high jump with a leap
of 5-5; and Claire Olson of Salina South won the triple jump with a mark of
36-3. On the boys' side, Kris Wood of Derby won the pole vault at 14-6, Josh Carter of Wichita Northwest threw the shot put 52-0.75; and Isaac Smallwood of
Wichita Heights won the triple jump with a leap of 45-8.
At the very competitive Blue Valley Relays, some of the top
performances were in the field events where Shawnee Mission East's Jessie Stindt won the long jump (17-7) and triple jump (38-3), and Blue Valley's
Natalie Lanman won the pole vault at 11-3. Lawrence Free State's Kiran Cordes
won her season debut in the 3200, clocking 11:19.05.
Bailee Swift of Chase County won a pair of events at the
Marion Relays, taking the javelin with a throw of 126-4, and the shot put at
37-0.25. Elle Barret of McPherson also had a good day, winning the triple jump
with a mark of 37-7.
At the Olathe East Invitational, Maddi Righter of Olathe
Northwest put up the state's best mark in the high jump, clearing 5-9. That's
also tied for the ninth best jump in the U.S. this season.
Other top performances by the girls at that meet include Rachel Mayberry of Olathe Northwest in the pole vault (12-0); and Gabby Hopkins of
Mill Valley (42-10) and Cassidy Androff of Gardner-Edgerton (41-8) in the shot
put. Cameron Waldo of Olathe South clocked 49.01 to win the boys' 400.
At the Five State Meet in Liberal, Austin Mullins of Liberal
clocked 14.59 to win the 110 hurdles. Tony Kinser of Hugoton edged Marshall Faurot of Scott County to win the high jump -- both cleared 6-6 -- and Russell Spurlock of Stratford, Texas won the discus with a throw of 166-9 in a tight
competition against Erick Villa of Dodge City (157-9.5) and Parker Hanna of
Scott City's Faurot also won the pole vault at the Liberal
meet, clearing 14-0.
A couple of freshman speedsters put on a show in a blanket
finish at the Bennington Invitational. Javon Allen of Bennington clocked 11.44
to edge fellow freshman Rylee Whelchel of Mankato-Rock Hills (11.45). Wakefield
junior Sammy Finnegan was also in the mix, clocking 11.49 for third. Finnegan
got a measure of revenge, though, winning the 200 over Allen in a time of
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