As far as sequels go, this one was just as exciting as the first one.
Girard's Cailie Logue again managed to sprint home to victory, as she beat Shawnee Mission Northwest's Molly Born and Lawrence Free State's Emily Venters in the 1600 meters at the Shawnee Mission North Relays Friday night.
Logue's time of 4:45.00 is the best time in the United States for high school girls this season. She overtakes Allie Schadler of Rio Rico High School (Ariz.) and the much-celebrated prep standout Brie Oakley of Grandview High School (Colo.)
Born was second on Friday in 4:48.87 and Venters a close third at 4:49.36. They now sit at No. 6 and No. 8 in the U.S. rankings.
Two weeks ago at the Kansas Relays, the three Kansas standouts thrilled the Rock Chalk Park crowd in the 3200 meter run. Logue came roaring down the last lap in 71 seconds to win in 10:09, just edging Born, who finished in 10:10. Venters was third in 10:16.
That race placed the three girls at the No. 5, 6 and 9 spots in the country heading into this week.
While the battle between Logue, Born and Venters was the meet highlight, the 800 and 3200 girls races were pretty exciting as well. And both of those races came down to three girls battling at the end, too.
In the 800, Sophie Scott of Blue Valley North won in 2:17.48 after a mad sprint to beat Evann Seratte of Lawrence (2:18.84) and Lindsey Rowatt of Shawnee Mission West (2:18.99). Scott's winning time is the fourth best in Kansas this season, and No. 1 in class 6A.
In the 3200, Sarah Murrow of St. James, Amber Reed of Shawnee Mission North and Ingrid Worth of Shawnee Mission East went toe-to-toe-toe before Murrow leaned for a narrow win. Murrow was timed in 11:02.38, Reed was second at 11:02.76 and Worth was third in 11:03.11.
There were nine girls who ran under 11:30 in the 3200 meters, and 16 who were under 12:00.
Dana Baker of Olathe North also moved up in the national rankings. She entered the week as the No. 3 javelin thrower in the U.S., but improved on her career best with a throw of 164-2. That moves her up to No. 2 in the country this season, and it's a couple feet better than the state meet record in class 6A. She'll get a chance to beat that mark in a few weeks.
Shawnee Mission West's girls won the 4 X 800 meter relay in a state-best 9:26.38, nearly 20 seconds better than any time run in Kansas before Friday. St. James Academy was second in 9:36.60, which is the No. 1 time in class 5A.
The boys' 4 X 800 was not to be outdone. Shawnee Mission East won in 8:06.25 -- No. 1 in 6A -- and Blue Valley Southwest placed second in 8:07.95 -- No. 1 in 5A. Olathe South's boys also won the 4 X 400 in a state-leading time of 3:20.30, while Leavenworth took over the No. 1 spot in the class 5A boys 4 X 100 with a time of 42.41 -- just .04 off of the best time in Kansas this season.
Abigail Kelly-Salo of Shawnee Mission Northwest vaulted to the state's No. 1 ranking in the girls' pole vault. She cleared 12-6 to beat Rachel Mayberry of Olathe Northwest, who equalled her season PR of 12-0 that was previously the best vault among Kansas girls this year.
St. Thomas Aquinas' Alex Gill pulled off an impressive double. He won the 1600 in 4:24.11, and turned around an hour or so later to win the 800 in 1:56.28. Both races were stacked; there were four boys under 4:30 in the 1600, and four under 2:00 in the 800.
In the 3200, five of the top 6 times in class 6A were put up. Trent Cochran of Gardner-Edgerton took over the top spot in that division, winning in 9:34.07, which is also the fourth best time in Kansas right now.
Noah Green had mixed results. Normally the St. Thomas Aquinas star is worth two hurdle wins, but he false-started in the 100 hurdles and failed to place. He then took out his frustration in the 300 hurdles, winning with a season best and state-leading time of 37.40.
Zhanarden Vil of Shawnee Mission Northwest leaped 45-8.75 to win the triple jump and take over the No. 1 ranking in class 6A. It's also the second best jump in Kansas this season.
Around the state...
There was plenty more great performances at meets across Kansas this past weekend.
In fact, another great sequel took place in Salina where Hutchinson's Yazmine Wright and Wichita Southeast's Christal Mosley squared off in the 400 meter run. Mosley is the state leader in the event, and defeated Wright -- the defending 6A state champion -- last week.
This week, though, Wright struck back, edging Mosley to win the Salina Central Invitational in 57.49. Mosley was second in 57.68
At the same meet, Manhattan's Ko Saito, an exchange student from Japan, took over the No. 1 ranking in the 6A boys 300 hurldes with a time of 39.60. Teammate Tom Haug had a career best leap of 6-8 in the high jump to tie for the 6A No. 1 ranking
in that event.
Junction City's Kiena Newman added the No. 1 ranking in the girls 6A 300 hurdles to her No. 1 standing in the 100 hurdles. She ran 45.72 at Salina. She then ran a leg on the 4 X 100 relay, which posted the No. 1 time in 6A at 48.82.
At the Goddard Invitational, Abby Smarsh of Andale put up the No. 1 time in Kansas this season, winning the girls 300 hurdles in 45.66. Dusty Torres of Liberal moved to No. 1 in Kansas with a time of 48.83 in the boys 400, and Maize's Konner Swenson improved on his own state leading throw in the boys shot put, notching a career best of 58-4.5.
Brian Rodriguez of Garden City PR'd -- twice! -- this week in the pole vault. On Thursday, he won that event with a leap of 14-5.5 at the Garden City Invitational; then improved to 15-0 on Friday at the Derby Invitational. He's now tied for No. 1 in boys 6A.
The class 4A and class 2A rankings took a big hit this week, with six new No. 1 marks in each. Five of the 12 in those two divisions came at the Shawnee Mission North Relays.
LeeRoi Johnson on Tonganoxie might have had the most impressive. He moved to No. 2 in Kansas and No. 1 in class 4A with a throw of 191-4 to win the discus at the Piper Invitational.
There was some pretty good track and field at the Riley County Invitational, as well. Two new No. 1 marks went down in class 2A and two more in class 1A during that meet, including:
* Freshman Samantha Vermetten, Valley Heights, 1:00.77 in the 400 meters (No. 1 in 2A)
* Madeline Hess, Wabaunsee, 11:37.33 in the 3200 meters (No. 1 in 2A);
* Axtell girls, 4 X 100 meter relay, 51.83 (No. 1 in 1A); and
* Emilee Ebert, Frankfort, 17-4.75 in the long jump (No. 1 in 1A).
Speed...Lots and Lots of Speed
If you blinked, you might have missed it. Newton's Kade Remsberg and Wichita South's Phillip Landrum put on quite a show in the sprints at the Derby Invitational Friday.
In the 100 meters, Remsberg beat Landrum -- ranked No. 1 in 6A -- in a razor close finish; Remsberg clocked 10.80 to Landrum's 10.82. But then Landrum turned around and won the 200 in 21.64 to take the No. 1 ranking in Kansas formerly held by Remsberg at 21.69. Remsberg was second at Derby in 21.78.
The Remsberg family had a great day, though. Maggie Remsberg won the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and long jump, and Newton smoked the field in the girls 4 X 100 with a state-best time of 46.98. They won that relay by nearly 4 seconds.
Taylor Latimer of Valley Center won three events, the discus, shot put and javelin -- all of which she has a good shot of winning at the state meet in three weeks. Maize South's Kassidy Johnson -- the state leader in the 800 meters -- moved to No. 5 in the 400 meters with a winning time of 58.86 at Derby.