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
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
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
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
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
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
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).