WRAPUP: Was This the Best Week of Kansas Track and Field Yet?

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In case you were wondering when the momentum toward this year's state meet would begin in full force, well...that time has come.

This week's action in Kansas Track and Field was a nice setup for next week's ultra-exciting Kansas Relays. In girls' events, there were 10 performances this week that jumped to the top of the Kansas lists - out of the 18 events competed at the state meet.

One-third of the boys' events - 6 of 18 - saw new state leaders this week.

In one event -- the boys' javelin -- 10 of the top 14 marks in the state this week happened between Tuesday and Friday.

Let's roll around some of the key meets to look at those performances:

Pre-State Challenge, Wichita State University

This meet lived up to the pre-meet hype, as the girls' meet saw seven state-leading performances, and the boys' meet had another four.

The sprinters did not disappoint. Newton's Kalli Anderson ripped off the state's best 100 meters at 11.76, though the race was wind-aided. Christal Mosley of Wichita State put up state best times in the 200 (24.34) and the 400 (56.78). Anderson and her Newton mates also thrilled in the 4 X 100, putting up the state's No. 1 time of 48.24.

Jewell Bolden of Andover Central, the defending state champ in the 100 meter hurdles, roared to a state best of 14.62. Bolden is also the 2016 state champ in the long jump, which she won on Friday with a leap of 18-10 - the second best mark in the state only to her own leading jump of 19-4.5.

Phillip Landrum of Wichita South won the 100 in 10.55 and turned around to win the 200 in a state-best 21.67, though it was wind-aided.

Abby Smarsh of Andale rose to the top of the 300 meter hurdles, winning 46.37, and Kyler True of Olpe won the 3200 in 9:21.57. True is now the state leader in the 800 (1:54.49), 1600 (4:22.98) and 3200.

Maize South's boys took over the state's lead in the 4 X 800 relay, clocking 8:08.48.

In the field events, Taran Taylor of Hutchinson unloaded a throw of 187-5 in the javelin to take over the state lead in that event.

More State Leaders

Tony Kinser of Hugoton became the first in Kansas to top 6-10 in the high jump this year, winning that event at the Glenn Cunningham Relays at Elkhart High School. That's also a tie for the 23rd best jump in the United States this year.

Alyssa Miller of Hill City put up the country's 31st best mark in the discus, winning the Hill City Invitational with a  state-leading throw of 150-2. Girard's Cailie Logue joined the party, too, winning the 800 meters at the Riverton Relays in a state-best 2:13; Logue now holds Kansas' top marks in the 800 and 1600 (4:56.93).

Gorilla Relays, Pittsburg State University

This was a doozy of a meet, with teams from four states and a lot of great track and field action.

As it turned out, the home team turned in some of the best performances among Kansas athletes. Pittsburg's Faith Turner won three events, taking the 100 (11.96), 200 (26.28) and long jump (17-7.5). Teammate McKenzie Wilks put up the state's fourth-best 1600 time so far this year, winning that event in a time of 5:10.30. She was also second in the 800 at 2:22.

Pittsburgh's Taylor Muff was first in the discus with a toss of 133-8 and second in the 100 hurdles (15.01). Daeshia Turner of Pittsburg won the triple jump with a mark 37-1. Pittsburg's 4 X 100 meter relay team won that event in a time of 50.41.

Maize's superman Konner Swenson increased his state-leading mark in the discus to 198-9.75. He was also third in the shot put with a throw of 52-4.75. Mia Magby of Maize was second in the pole vault with a jump of 11-3.

Barrier Breakers, Free State High School

Lawrence Free State's Emily Venters moved into the No. 2 spot in Kansas in the 1600 meter run, winning that event in 5:05.66. In one of the more exciting finish line battles, she was later edged in the 800 by Lawrence High speedster Evann Seratte, who clocked a career-best 2:22.28 to Venters' 2:23.61.

The field events seemed to provide the most drama at this meet. Laurel Haley of Washburn Rural won the discus with a toss of 122-2, and Kahler Wiebe of Lawrence Free State won the javelin at 122-7. Bailey Turner of Olathe East won the long jump with a mark of 17-10, and Jessie Stindt of Shawnee Mission East took the triple jump at 37-0.75.


Gardner-Edgerton had a good day at the Olathe South Midseason meet. Kennedy Comstock won the javelin at 137-7; Cassidy Androff took the shot put with a mark of 41-3.5; Matt Summerlin blazed to 10.71 in winning the 100; and pole vaulter Jazz Davis cleared 14-0 to tie for the fourth-best mark in that event this season.

Also at that meet, Noah Simbeck of Shawnee Mission Northwest put up the state's third best javelin throw with a mark of 184-2, and Dani Winslow of Olathe South won the high jump over teammate Summer Kragel, both clearing 5-4.

At the Smoky Valley Invitational in Linsborg, Ninti Little of Chapman won the 100 in 12.18 and Emma Ruddle of McPherson took the 100 hurdles in 14.94. Gareth Petitjohn of Southeast of Saline won the boys' javelin with a throw of 178-11.75 and teammate Kylee Thaxton won the girls' javelin at 128-3.75.

Also in the field events, Jessica Williams of Concordia won the pole vault (11-0); Natalie Soukup of Ellsworth won the shot put (38-7.5); Elle Barret of McPherson won the triple jump (36-4.25); and Tyler Palic of Marrion took the discus (157-11.75).

At the Hill City Invitational, aside of Hill City's Miller putting up the top mark in the girls' discus, Paige Keller of Palco won the javelin (128-11.75); Takyra Hilton of Hill City won the shot put (40-2.75); Brett Meyer of Smith Center won the high jump (6-6); and Plainville's Zach Pierson took the discus (154-9.75).