The eyes of Kansas track and field will focus on Wichita
this week as several of the state's brightest stars come together for the
Shocker Pre-State Challenge at Wichita State University.
The high school events are sandwiched between Wichita's
State's KT Woodman Classic, which began Tuesday and Wednesday with the
multi-events for men and women.
The high school distance carnival and the boys and girls
javelin get going at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, and most other track and field events
will be held Friday, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
College events resume at 6 p.m. Friday and continue through
Saturday. A full meet schedule, heat sheets and more information is available
online at goshockers.com.
For the high schoolers, this is a sneak preview to the state
meet at the end of May, and for fans, it's a great opportunity to see some
excellent track and field competition.
Jewell Bolden of Andover Central is among the brightest of
stars. The senior speedster has been beaten only once in the 100 meter hurdles
during her high school year, that coming as a freshman at the Kansas Relays.
She's the top seed in the high school elite division Friday,
with a time of 14.76. Her closest pursuers may be 2016 Class 1A state champion
Rachel Miller of Lakeside-Downs, and Newton's Maggie Remsberg, who placed third
in class 5A as a freshman last year.
Martavius Johnson of
Hutchinson headlines the field in the boys' 110 hurdles. The senior is the
defending champion in Class 6A, and put up a smooth 14.37 to win the Horace
Good Hawk Classic in Great Bend on Tuesday.
Johnson may have his hands full on Friday, though, with
Liberal's Austin Mullins, who put up a career best 14.59 at the 5 State Meet
last week; and Caney Valley's Tyler Watts, whose career best of 14.61 also came
The sprints promise to thrill throughout the two-day meet,
100 meters - Kalli
Anderson and Savannah Simmons of Newton, both juniors, placed second and third
at state in both the 100 and 200 last year. They are likely the best in this
field. The boys' race pits another Newton speedster, senior Kade Remsberg,
against Wichita Southeast junior Phillip Landrum.
200 meters -
Wichita Southeast's Christal Mosley and Newton's Simmons are the pre-meet
favorites, with Newton's Jen Andres likely to keep them honest. Landrum is the
top seed on the boys' side, Wichita East's C.J. Bell and Newton's Remsberg have
run similar times.
400 meters - Class
6A state champ Yazmin Wright of Hutchinson was also second at state in this
event the previous two years., but she doesn't have the top seed time heading
into Friday's race. That belongs to Jaden Taylor of Derby, at 57.90. Should be
a good race between these two.
In the boys' 400, Liberal's Mullins is the defending state
champ, just edging out his teammate, Dusty Torres. Both are just juniors this
year, and they'll likely thrill fans on Friday.
Relays - Newton
is becoming a dominant relay school in the state, with a strong corps of
sprinters who can cover many events. The girls 4 X 100 quartet is more than two
seconds faster than the next seeded team (Goddard-Eisenhower).
The boys 4 X 100 looks to be a solid fight between four
teams: Wichita Southeast, Hutchinson, Wichita South, and Wichita East.
Garden City and Newton seem to be much stronger than the
field in the girls 4 X 400 relay, but seven teams on the boys' side are on the
mix. Liberal's boys have the top seed time, at 3:24, but the six other are
within six seconds of that.
Maize South seems to be the dominant force in the 4 X 800
relays; the girls' team is nearly 20 seconds better right now than its closest
competition. The boys, however, will be in a tough battle with Dodge City -
both teams enter Friday's race with seed times of 8:08. Newton, Great Bend and
Garden City boys' teams are within three seconds of those two pre-meet
300 hurdles - The
girls' race features two athletes who finished as state runner-up in their
division last year. Abby Smarsh of Andale enters with a time of 45.95 while
Maggie Remsberg of Newton has run 46.25. Hutchinson's Johnson is the pre-meet
favorite on the boys' side, but Adrian Brown of Derby will be a strong
contender for the win.
The distance events will feature many of the state's best,
as well. Maize South's Sierra Mortenson and Destini Eckridge, and Wichita North's
Gabriela Reyna headline the field in the girls 3200. Nationally-ranked middle
distance runner Kyler True is the top-ranked boy in the 3200, but he'll get a
good race from Andover's Alex Moen and Great Bend's Kerby Depenbusch.
True will also run the 800, where he's the top seed with a
time of 1:52.64, while the girls' top seed is Maize South's Kassidy Johnson
(2:16.36). Johnson may get a push from Garden City's Aileen Gurrola, who comes
in with a time of 2:18.00.
Halle Johnson of Bennington seems to be a strong favorite in
the girls 1600, but the boys' race could be a blanket sprint between Garrett
Doll of Garden City, Quanah Gardiner of Ashland, Hunter Henderson of Shawnee
Heights, and Lakelin Conrad of Wichita Heights. All four of those boys have run
4:27 or better.
In the field events, Evan Irish of Salina South and Matt
Pile of Goddard-Eisenhower head up the boys' javelin, while Hallie Brown of
Arkansas City, Katy Commons of Andale and Taylor Latimer of Valley Center are
pre-meet favorites for the girls.
The top seeds in the other field events include:
High jump - Megan
Elliott of Wichita Trinity (5-6) and Michael Hoffer of Shawnee Heights (6-10);
Pole vault -- Jewel Eck of Andale (12-9) and Ruben Huerta
of Garden City (15-0);
Long jump -
Andover Central's Jewell Bolden (18-11) and Liberal's Markalyn Eatmon (23-9);
Triple jump -- Goddard-Eisenhower's Jaden Damon (37-10)
and Newton's Landon Moore (45-3);
Shot put -
Wichita East's Astrid Same (43-3) and Whitewater's Garet Johnson (53-1);
Discus - Hill
City's Allyssa Miler (158-0) and Tonganoxie's LeeRoi Johnson (164-0).
Around the state...
There will be plenty of good track and field in other parts
of the state, including the Barrier Breakers Meet at Lawrence Free State High
School on Friday. The meet features several Kansas City-area schools, as well
as schools from Topeka, Emporia and Missouri.
Two Kansas City meets to look for are the Olathe South
Mid-Season Meet, and the Shawnee Mission West Invitational. Among smaller
schools, Thursday meets include the Washington County Invitational, yates
Center Invitational and the Stockton Invitational. Friday's schedule includes
the Anderson County Invitational and the Rolla Invitational.